Marquette vs. Miami: Full Game Preview

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Marquette vs. Miami: Full Game Preview
(15) Marquette
(25-8, 5-6 away)
(5) Miami
(29-6, 14-1 home)
Venue: Verizon Center
7:15PM ET / 4:15PM PT, March 28, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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. 3-seeded Marquette meets No. 2-seeded Miami (FL) in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Verizon Center on Thursday. Tipoff is at 7:15 p.m. ET. The Golden Eagles have not played the Hurricanes since the 1988-89 season, when they fell 106-90.

In a 74-72 win over Butler on Mar. 23, Vander Blue put up 29 points for the Golden Eagles. With 14.8 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Hurricanes, Rion Brown put up 21 points and five rebounds in the 63-59 win over Illinois on Mar. 24. He is averaging 6.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. When considering the Four Factors, Miami (FL) performs well in turnover percentage at 16.8. This ranks second in the conference and 21st in the country.

Miami (FL) StatSmack

  • Diaper Dandies love Marquette. Marquette has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Miami (3 vs. 2).
  • Since 1998, Marquette has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Miami (four vs. three).
  • Over the past 10 years, Marquette has had more players drafted by the NBA than Miami (seven vs. four).
  • The Big East has a much better average team RPI than the ACC (67 vs. 87).
  • The Marquette scoring leader (Vander Blue, 429 points) has more points than the Miami scoring leader (Shane Larkin, 410 points).
  • Marquette has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Miami (10 vs. one).
  • The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (1.57) and Pittsburgh (1.52) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the ACC leader, North Carolina (1.38).
  • The Big East has had two more Final Four teams than the ACC over the past 5 years.
  • Marquette has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Miami (one vs. zero).
  • Marquette has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Miami ($41,612 vs. $50,148).
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks are in the Big East.
MARQ Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Vander Blue 33 14 3 2 1 0 2
B Davante Gardner 21 12 5 1 1 1 2
B Jamil Wilson 25 9 5 2 1 1 1
B- Junior Cadougan 28 9 3 4 1 0 3
B- Trent Lockett 26 7 5 2 1 0 2
C Chris Otule 17 5 3 0 0 1 1
C Todd Mayo 15 6 1 1 1 0 1
C Juan Anderson 14 3 3 1 1 0 1
C S. Taylor Jr. 9 3 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Derrick Wilson 13 1 1 2 1 0 1
D+ Jake Thomas 10 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Jamal Ferguson 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
MIA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Shane Larkin 36 14 4 4 2 0 2
A- Durand Scott 35 13 4 3 2 0 2
B+ Kenny Kadji 30 13 7 1 0 1 2
B T. McKinney-Jones 30 9 3 2 1 0 1
B Reggie Johnson 22 8 7 1 0 1 2
B- Julian Gamble 20 7 5 0 0 2 1
C+ Rion Brown 22 6 2 1 0 0 1
C Justin Heller 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
C Tonye Jekiri 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
C Steve Sorenson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Erik Swoope 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- R. Akpejiori 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Bishop Daniels 17 5 1 1 2 0 1
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