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Sunday, March 31, 2013
Michigan-Florida: Notes, stats and trends

By ESPN Stats & Information

A capsule preview of some notes, stats and trends to know for Sunday's Elite Eight matchup between Michigan and Florida.

The history

This is Michigan’s first Elite Eight appearance since 1994. The Wolverines are looking to make the Final Four for the first time since 1993.

A victory would give Michigan its third 30-win season, its first since the 1992-93 season (31-5).

Florida is making its third consecutive Elite Eight appearance, the longest such active streak for any team. The Gators are trying to make the Final Four for the first time since 2007; their next win would give them 30 in a season for the first time since that year.

This will be the second meeting between the two in the NCAA tournament. No. 3 seed Michigan beat No. 6 seed Florida, 108-85, in the round of 32 in 1988.

Michigan number to know: 1.16

Michigan is 24-0 this season when it scores at least 1.16 points per possession. The Wolverines have scored at least 1.16 points per possession in each game in the NCAA tournament.

Florida number to know: 44

The Gators have scored 44 second-chance points in the tournament, the fourth-most of any team in the field.

The Gators are averaging 14.7 second-chance points per game in the tournament and scored 21 second-chance points in the second round against Northwestern State, tied for their most in a game this season (they also scored 21 on Nov. 23 vs UCF).

For the season, Florida averaged 10.7 second-chance points per game, the ninth-most in the SEC.

Where the game could be won: outside the paint

Michigan has scored 103 points outside the paint in the 2013 NCAA tournament, the fourth-most of any team in the field -- and 32 more than Florida.

As the chart shows, the Wolverines have the edge on both a points-per-possession and a field-goal percentage basis.

Michigan is shooting 46 percent outside the paint in the second half and overtime of tournament games and was 8-for-18 on such shots after halftime in the win over Kansas.

Star watch: Trey Burke

Burke has not only hit Michigan’s biggest shot of the NCAA tournament, he has been the tourney’s best at setting others up for big shots.

Burke has created 55 points off of his assists in the tourney, the most of any player in the field.

Burke shares a common thread with Florida coach Billy Donovan. They are the last two players with a 20-point, 10-assist game in the Sweet 16.