Marquette vs. Miami: Full Game Preview
|Marquette||V Blue 14.8||T Lockett 4.9||J Cadougan 3.9|
|Miami||S Larkin 14.5||R Johnson 7.0||S Larkin 4.6|
No. 2-seeded Miami (FL) meets No. 3-seeded Marquette in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Verizon Center on Thursday. The game tips off at 7:15 p.m. ET. The Hurricanes have not played the Golden Eagles since the 1988-89 season, when they won 106-90.
In a 63-59 triumph over Illinois on Mar. 24, Rion Brown put up 21 points and five rebounds for the Hurricanes. In addition to his 6.5 points per game, he is also chipping in 1.9 rebounds per game. For the Golden Eagles, Vander Blue finished with 29 points in the 74-72 win over Butler on Mar. 23. His 14.8 points per game is the highest mark on the team. One category in which Marquette is especially proficient is free throw rate at 41.4, ranking second in their conference (and 40th nationally).
- The ACC has 3 teams - Duke (41.6 percent), Virginia (39.0 percent), and NC State (38.7 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Big East leader, Notre Dame (37.5 percent).
- Miami has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Marquette (No. 58 vs. No. 204).
- The ACC has had six more NBA Draft picks than the Big East over the past 10 years.
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Miami is superior to Marquette (Latest AP Poll: No. 9 vs. No. 12).
- Even computers respect Miami more. Miami has a better RPI this season than Marquette (RPI: No. 4 vs. No. 11).
- Miami has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Marquette (No. 50 vs. No. 84).
- The worst team in the ACC has a higher RPI than the worst team in the Big East (No. 177 vs. No. 202).
- The Miami steals leader (Shane Larkin, 59 steals) has more steals than the Marquette steals leader (Junior Cadougan, 35 steals).
- Miami has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (44 percent vs. 66 percent).
- The Miami three-point leader (Shane Larkin, 54 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Marquette three-point leader (Vander Blue, 33 three-pointers).
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