Iowa vs. Virginia: Full Game Preview
|Iowa||R Devyn Marble 14.8||A White 6.1||R Devyn Marble 2.9|
|Virginia||J Harris 16.4||A Mitchell 9.0||J Evans 4.9|
No. 3-seeded Iowa meets No. 1-seeded Virginia in the quarterfinals of the NIT at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday. It gets started at 7 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN 2. The Hawkeyes have not played the Cavaliers since the 1996-97 season, when they won 73-60.
In a 75-63 win over Stony Brook on Mar. 22, Roy Devyn Marble put up 28 points and five assists for the Hawkeyes. With 14.8 points per game and 2.9 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Cavaliers, Justin Anderson finished with 18 points in the 68-50 blowout of St. John's on Mar. 24. He is averaging 7.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. When considering the Four Factors, Virginia performs well in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.3. This ranks first in the conference and 38th in the country.
- The Big Ten has had three more NCAA Tournament teams than the ACC over the past 5 years.
- The Big Ten has a much better average team RPI than the ACC (64 vs. 86).
- Last year the Big Ten had a stronger schedule compared to the ACC (No. 1 vs. No. 5).
- 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).
- Last year the Big Ten had a better conference RPI than the ACC (No. 1 vs. No. 6).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for assists, steals, and blocks are in the Big Ten.
- The Big Ten has 2 teams - Michigan (1.55) and Wisconsin (1.39) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the ACC leader, North Carolina (1.38).
- Iowa has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (59.2 percent to 57.3 percent).
- The Big Ten has had four more Sweet Sixteen teams than the ACC over the past 5 years.
- Diaper Dandies love Iowa. Iowa has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Virginia (11 vs. 10).
- Iowa attacks the glass, with more rebounds (39.5 per game vs. 32.4 per game) than Virginia this season.