Sunday, March 31, 2013
Sunday's Elite Eight: statistical recap
By ESPN Stats & Information
Michigan made sure very early that it would get back to the Final Four. The Wolverines hammered Florida with a 13-0 run to start the game and had minimal trouble en route to the win.
Let's take a look at some of the statistical highlights.
Key to the game: points in transition
Transition Offense - Sunday
Michigan scored a season-high 28 transition points in its win against Florida. Their previous season high was 27, set in their win against VCU in the Round of 32.
The Wolverines are now 11-1 when they score at least 20 transition points, with the one loss coming at Indiana on Feb. 2.
Stauskas couldn’t miss
Nik Stauskas made all six of his attempts from behind the 3-point line. He needed one dribble to get off his six attempts. Stauskas entered the game 1-for-9 on catch-and-shoot 3-point field goals in the NCAA tournament.
Burke does what he does best
Trey Burke was responsible for 41 percent (32 of 79) of Michigan's points Sunday, scoring 15 and having his seven assists lead to another 17 points.
In Michigan's four tournament games, Burke has been responsible for 134 points, most in the tournament field.
The Michigan-Syracuse matchup will be the first 4-seed versus 4-seed matchup since seeding began.
Michigan coach John Beilein is 0-9 as a head coach against Jim Boeheim. He was 0-2 at Richmond, 0-6 at West Virginia, 0-1 at Michigan.
The 1997 Arizona team is the only No. 4 seed to win a national title. Michigan will enter with the best winning percentage in the national semifinals. The Wolvernes are 5-1 all-time in semifinal games.
Louisville routs Duke
Duke's Worst Tournament Losses
1990 Nat'l Champ.
2009 Sweet 16
2013 Elite 8
1963 Final Four
1989 Final Four
In the other semifinal, Louisville and Duke played an even game for the first 24 minutes.
But the next seven minutes was as impressive a run as you’ll see in the sport. The 22-point margin of defeat was the third-worst in Duke NCAA tournament history. Let’s take a look at some of the stats that made the difference.
With 16:16 left to go in the second half, the score was tied 42-42. From there the Cardinals went on a 20-4 run that happened in little more than seven minutes (7:23). During the run, Louisville was 9-for-11 from the field and Duke was 0-for-10.
The Russ-diculous run continues
Russ Smith scored 23 points, giving him 104 through the first four games of the tournament. That’s the fourth-most of any player over the past 10 seasons.
The three players with better runs are Stephen Curry (128 for Davidson in 2008, Blake Griffin (114 for Oklahoma in 2009) and Kemba Walker (107 in 2011 for Connecticut).
Ten of Smith's 23 points came in transition and he has scored 41 of Louisville’s 72 transition points in the tournament. He has more than twice as many transition points as the next closest player in the field (three tied with 20).
Smith had 14 of Louisville’s 42 points in the paint. The Cardinals became the first team in the last four tournaments to score at least 40 points in the paint in four consecutive games.
Duke was 2-for-11 on catch-and-shoot jump shots Sunday, including 0-for-6 in the second half. In the Blue Devils’ six losses this season, they shot 22 percent on catch-and-shoot opportunities, compared to 44 percent in their 30 wins.
Louisville’s active hands
Louisville had 38 deflections Sunday, exceeding their team goal of 35 for the game (our video-review crew counted them).
Chane Behanan had a team-high 11 deflections against Duke, including nine in the first half.
Louisville has the second-worst winning percentage of any team in national semifinals play. The Cardinals are 2-7, better only than the 1-4 Illinois among those that have played at least five semifinals games. The Cardinals' seven losses trail only North Carolina’s nine for most all-time.
Louisville will make back-to-back Final Four appearances for the first time since 1982-83. It will be the seventh Final Four for head coach Rick Pitino, tied with Roy Williams for fourth-most all-time.