No. 2-seeded Miami (FL) matches up against No. 3-seeded Marquette in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Verizon Center on Thursday. Tipoff is at 7:15 p.m. ET. The Hurricanes have not played the Golden Eagles since the 1988-89 season, when they won 106-90.
The Hurricanes got past Illinois 63-59 on Mar. 24 with the help of 21 points and five rebounds from Rion Brown. While contributing 1.9 rebounds per game, he also scores 6.5 points per game. For the Golden Eagles, Vander Blue finished with 29 points in the 74-72 win over Butler on Mar. 23. He leads the team with 14.8 points per game. A key area of strength for Marquette is free throw rate at 41.4, which ranks second in their conference (and 40th nationally).
StatSmack! Miami (FL) is better than Marquette
The ACC has had one more NCAA Tournament Championship than the Big East over the past 5 years.
Miami is a better three-point shooting team (35.4 percent vs. 30.1 percent) than Marquette this season.
The ACC has 2 teams - NC State (49.5 percent) and Duke (47.9 percent) - that shoot a better field goal percentage than the Big East leader, Pittsburgh (47.5 percent).
The ACC has had six more NBA Draft picks than the Big East over the past 10 years.