|Illinois||B Paul 16.6||N Egwu 4.7||T Abrams 3.4|
|Miami||S Larkin 14.4||R Johnson 7.1||S Larkin 4.6|
No. 7-seeded Illinois battles No. 2-seeded Miami (FL) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Sunday. It starts at 8:40 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT.
The 17 points by Brandon Paul helped the Fighting Illini to a 57-49 victory over Colorado on Mar. 22. With 16.6 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Hurricanes, Shane Larkin put up 10 points and nine assists in the 78-49 blowout of Pacific on Mar. 22. He leads the team in points with 14.4 per game, assists with 4.6 per game, and steals with 2.0 per game. A key area of strength for Miami (FL) is turnover percentage at 16.9, which ranks second in their conference (and 23rd nationally).
Miami (FL) StatSmack
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for assists, steals, and blocks are in the Big Ten.
- The Illinois scoring leader (Brandon Paul, 522 points) has more points than the Miami scoring leader (Shane Larkin, 410 points).
- Illinois has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Miami (one vs. zero).
- Miami has been ducking Illinois for over 30 years.
- The Illinois basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Miami (100 percent vs. 73 percent).
- Illinois has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Miami (10 vs. one).
- Diaper Dandies love Illinois. Illinois has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Miami (13 vs. 2).
- Illinois has a better record in close games than Miami this season (6-1 vs. 4-3).
- The Big Ten has had three more NCAA Tournament teams than the ACC over the past 5 years.
- Illinois has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Miami (No. 50 vs. No. 84).
- Last year the worst team in the Big Ten had a higher RPI than the worst team in the ACC (No. 153 vs. No. 236).