No. 7-Seeded Illinois (23-12) and No. 2-Seeded Miami (FL) (28-6) Face Off in Third Round

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NCAA Tournament 3rd Round



1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  #7 Illinois 26 33 59 +7.0
  #2 Miami (FL) 29 34 63 -7.0
Sun, Mar 24 2013, 09:04 PM CDT

Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Attendance: 14,520
TV: TNT

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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).
Illini Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Brandon Paul 32 16 4 3 1 1 3
B+ D.J. Richardson 34 13 4 2 1 0 1
B Tracy Abrams 28 11 4 3 1 0 3
B- Nnanna Egwu 25 7 5 1 1 1 1
C+ Joseph Bertrand 23 8 4 1 1 0 1
C+ Tyler Griffey 21 7 3 1 1 1 1
C Sam McLaurin 21 4 3 0 0 1 1
C Myke Henry 11 4 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Devin Langford 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Shaw 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Kevin Berardini 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Mike LaTulip 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Ibby Djimde 2 0 0 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 Steve Sorenson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Tonye Jekiri 7 1 1 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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5 Ohio State 25-10 10-8
6 Iowa 20-13 9-9
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2013-2014 Roster

#13 Tracy Abrams Jr G 6-2 190
#2 Joseph Bertrand Sr G 6-6 200
#31 Austin Colbert Fr F 6-9 210
#11 Aaron Cosby Jr G 6-3 195
#32 Nnanna Egwu Jr F/C 6-11 250
#33 Jon Ekey F 6-7 225
#21 Malcolm Hill Fr G 6-6 210
#10 Mike LaTulip So G 6-1 170
#22 Maverick Morgan Fr C 6-10 250
#25 Kendrick Nunn Fr G 6-9 210
#35 Darius Paul So F 6-8 220
#24 Rayvonte Rice Jr G 6-4 235
#3 Ahmad Starks Sr G 5-9 170
#1 Jaylon Tate Fr G 6-3 160