Minnesota vs. Florida: Full Game Preview
|Minnesota||A Hollins 14.3||T Mbakwe 8.8||A Hollins 3.5|
|Florida||E Murphy 12.8||P Young 6.3||S Wilbekin 4.9|
11th-seeded Minnesota matches up against No. 3-seeded Florida in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Sunday. It gets started at 6:10 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT. The Golden Gophers have not played the Gators since the 1992-93 season, when they won 74-66.
In their last game on Mar. 22, Andre Hollins put up 28 points and nine rebounds as the Golden Gophers ran it up on UCLA 83-63. He paces the team in points per game with 14.3, and assists per game with 3.5. For the Gators, Erik Murphy put up 18 points and eight rebounds in the 79-47 blowout of Northwestern State on Mar. 22. He leads the team with 12.8 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Florida performs well in effective field goal percentage at 55.7. This ranks first in the conference and sixth in the country.
- The Big Ten has had six more Sweet Sixteen teams than the SEC over the past 5 years.
- The Big Ten has 2 teams - Indiana (48.8 percent) and Michigan (48.7 percent) - that shoot a better field goal percentage than the SEC leader, Florida (48.5 percent).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for field goals made and free throws made are in the Big Ten.
- The Big Ten has had seven more NCAA Tournament teams than the SEC over the past 5 years.
- The Big Ten has 2 teams - Indiana (41.8 percent) and Michigan (38.8 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the SEC leader, Florida (38.2 percent).
- The Big Ten has had one more Final Four team than the SEC over the past 5 years.
- Minnesota attacks the glass, with more rebounds (39.0 per game vs. 34.9 per game) than Florida this season.
- Last year the Big Ten had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the SEC.
- Minnesota beat Florida by 8 points the last time they played (Mar 17, 1993).
- The Minnesota three-point leader (Andre Hollins, 67 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Florida three-point leader (Kenny Boynton, 62 three-pointers).
- The worst team in the Big Ten has a much higher RPI than the worst team in the SEC (No. 180 vs. No. 250).
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