|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. 1-seeded Virginia battles No. 3-seeded Iowa in the quarterfinals of the NIT at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday. The game tips off at 7 p.m. ET and it can be seen on ESPN 2. The Cavaliers have not played the Hawkeyes since the 1996-97 season, when they fell 73-60.
In a 68-50 beatdown of St. John's on Mar. 24, Justin Anderson put up 18 points for the Cavaliers. He is putting up 7.1 points per game while also averaging 3.2 rebounds per game. In a 75-63 victory 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. From a tempo-free perspective, Iowa is strong in free throw rate at 42.4. This is good enough for second in the conference and 30th in the nation.
- Virginia has more wins over the last 5 years than Iowa (101 vs. 88).
- The ACC has had 32 more NBA Draft picks than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
- Over the past 5 years, Virginia has had more players drafted by the NBA than Iowa (one vs. zero).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, three-pointers, and assists are in the ACC.
- Virginia has a better scoring defense (55.0 allowed per game vs. 63.0 allowed per game) than Iowa this season.
- The ACC had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Big Ten.
- The Virginia rebounding leader (Akil Mitchell, 277 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Iowa rebounding leader (Aaron White, 195 rebounds).
- Even computers respect Virginia more. Virginia has a better RPI this season than Iowa (RPI: No. 69 vs. No. 74).
- Virginia allows fewer rebounds (30.0 allowed per game vs. 34.8 allowed per game) than Iowa this season.
- Virginia has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (54.9 percent to 46.3 percent).
- Virginia has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (32 percent vs. 83 percent).