No. 7-seeded Illinois meets No. 2-seeded Miami (FL) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Sunday. It gets started at 8:40 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT.
In their last outing, behind 17 points from Brandon Paul, the Fighting Illini defeated Colorado 57-49 on Mar. 22. He leads the team with 16.6 points per game. For the Hurricanes, Shane Larkin finished with 10 points and nine assists in the 78-49 blowout of Pacific on Mar. 22. He contributes a team-leading 14.4 points per game, 4.6 assists per game, and 2.0 steals per game. One category in which Miami (FL) is especially proficient is turnover percentage at 16.9, ranking second in their conference (and 23rd nationally).
StatSmack! Illinois is better than Miami (FL)
The top-ranking players between the two conferences for assists, steals, and blocks are in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten has a much better average team RPI than the ACC (64 vs. 86).
More violent crime happens per capita in Coral Gables so be careful if you visit (when compared to Champaign -- according to the FBI).
The Big Ten performed much better in non-conference close games than the ACC (70.8 percent vs. 45.5 percent).