No. 6-Seeded Arizona (26-7) Goes Up against No.14-Seeded Harvard (20-9) in Third Round

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NCAA Tournament 3rd Round



1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  #14 Harvard 22 29 51 +10.0
  #6 Arizona 40 34 74 -10.0
Sat, Mar 23 2013, 04:10 PM MST

EnergySolutions Arena
Salt Lake City, UT
TV: TNT

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No. 6-seeded Arizona battles 14th-seeded Harvard in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday. Tipoff is at 6:10 p.m. ET and you can see it on TNT.

The Wildcats got past Belmont 81-64 on Mar. 21 with the help of 23 points from Mark Lyons. He leads the team with 15.0 points per game. For the Crimson, Wesley Saunders finished with 18 points in the 68-62 win over New Mexico on Mar. 21. With 16.5 points per game and 1.9 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Arizona has a statistical advantage over Harvard in one significant category, rebounding, where the Wildcats have an edge over the Crimson, 36.6 per game to 29.3 per game. Harvard will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: free throw rate at 49.6 and effective field goal percentage at 55.2.

StatSmack! Arizona is better than Harvard
  • Since 1998, Arizona has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Harvard (23 vs. zero).
  • The Pac-12 has 2 teams - Oregon (8.6) and UCLA (8.2) - that create more steals per game than the Ivy League leader, Harvard (7.4).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Arizona has a better overall record than Harvard this season (25-6 vs. 19-9).
  • Arizona has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Harvard (12 vs. zero).
HARV Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Wesley Saunders 37 16 4 3 2 0 3
B Siyani Chambers 38 13 3 6 2 0 3
C+ Laurent Rivard 35 10 4 1 1 0 1
C C. Webster 34 8 3 2 1 0 2
C S. Moundou-Missi 21 8 5 0 1 1 1
C- Jonah Travis 17 6 3 1 1 0 1
C- Kenyatta Smith 14 5 4 0 0 2 1
D+ Evan Cummins 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
D Agunwa Okolie 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Michael Hall 3 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Alex Nesbitt 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arizona Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Solomon Hill 33 14 5 3 1 1 2
B+ Nick Johnson 31 11 4 3 2 1 2
B Mark Lyons 30 15 2 3 1 0 3
B Kevin Parrom 24 9 5 2 1 0 1
B- K. Tarczewski 22 6 6 0 0 1 2
B- Brandon Ashley 21 7 5 1 1 1 1
C+ Grant Jerrett 18 5 4 1 0 1 1
C- Jordin Mayes 12 2 1 1 1 0 1
C- Gabe York 6 3 0 1 0 0 0
D+ Angelo Chol 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Max Wiepking 3 2 1 0 0 0 0

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