Michigan vs. Florida: Full Game Preview

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Michigan vs. Florida: Full Game Preview
(10) Michigan
(29-7, 5-5 away)
(14) Florida
(29-7, 15-0 home)
Venue: Cowboys Stadium
2:20PM ET / 11:20AM PT, March 31, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Michigan T Burke 18.9 M McGary 6.1 T Burke 6.8
Florida M Rosario 12.6 P Young 6.3 S Wilbekin 4.9

No. 4-seeded Michigan takes on No. 3-seeded Florida in the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday. Tipoff occurs at 2:20 p.m. ET and you can see it on CBS. The Wolverines have not played the Gators since the 1998-99 season, when they fell 79-63.

In their last outing, behind 25 points and 14 rebounds from Mitch McGary, the Wolverines defeated Kansas 87-85 on Mar. 29. He paces the team in rebounds per game with 6.1, and blocks per game with 0.6. For the Gators, Mike Rosario finished with 15 points and five rebounds in the 62-50 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Mar. 29. His 12.6 points per game is the highest mark on the team. One category in which Florida is especially proficient is effective field goal percentage at 55.6, ranking first in their conference (and sixth nationally).

Florida StatSmack

  • The Big Ten performed much better in non-conference close games than the SEC (70.8 percent vs. 46.3 percent).
  • The Big Ten has had six more Sweet Sixteen teams than the SEC over the past 5 years.
  • The Michigan assist leader (Trey Burke, 215 assists) has more assists than the Florida assist leader (Scottie Wilbekin, 143 assists).
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, field goals made, and free throws made are in the Big Ten.
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Michigan is superior to Florida (Latest AP Poll: No. 6 vs. No. 13).
  • The Big Ten has a much better average team RPI than the SEC (65 vs. 105).
  • Michigan has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Florida this season (eight vs. four).
  • The Big Ten has 3 teams - Michigan (1.58), Wisconsin (1.39), and Northwestern (1.37) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the SEC leader, Florida (1.36).
  • Diaper Dandies love Michigan. Michigan has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Florida (17 vs. 16).
  • The Big Ten has a conference RPI that is better than the SEC (No. 2 vs. No. 8).
MICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Trey Burke 35 19 3 7 2 0 2
A- G. Robinson III 33 11 5 1 1 0 1
A- Tim Hardaway Jr 34 15 5 2 1 1 2
B+ Nik Stauskas 31 12 3 1 1 0 1
B Mitch McGary 17 6 5 0 1 1 1
C+ Jordan Morgan 18 5 5 0 1 0 1
C Jon Horford 9 2 2 0 0 1 1
C Caris LeVert 12 3 1 1 0 0 0
C- Spike Albrecht 7 1 1 1 0 0 0
C- Max Bielfeldt 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Blake McLimans 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Eso Akunne 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Matt Vogrich 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Corey Person 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
UF Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Erik Murphy 27 13 5 1 1 1 1
B Patric Young 26 11 6 1 1 2 2
B S. Wilbekin 32 9 3 5 2 0 2
B Kenny Boynton 32 12 3 3 1 0 1
B Mike Rosario 30 12 2 2 1 0 2
C+ Will Yeguete 21 6 6 1 1 0 2
C+ Casey Prather 16 6 4 1 1 1 1
C+ M. Frazier II 18 6 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Braxton Ogbueze 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Jacob Kurtz 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ DeVon Walker 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Dillon Graham 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
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