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Inside the Numbers

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Let's look at some interesting statistics involving teams in this year's big dance:

There are 11 players in the field averaging at least 20 ppg.

Michael Beasley, Kansas State, 26.5*

Stephen Curry, Davidson, 25.1

Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, 23.0

Eric Gordon, Indiana, 21.3

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, 20.8
O.J. Mayo, USC, 20.8

Shan Foster, Vanderbilt, 20.5

Courtney Lee, Western Kentucky, 20.4

Dionte Christmas, Temple, 20.2

Demetric Bennett, South Alabama, 20.1

Jerryd Bayless, Arizona, 20.0

*Third in nation in scoring

Seven players in this year's tournament are shooting at least 60 percent from the floor (minimum five field goals made per game):

Matt Nelson, Boise State, 65.0

Ahmad Nivins, St. Joseph's, 64.5

Will Thomas, George Mason, 63.9

Jermaine Griffin, Texas-Arlington, 63.7

Jordan Hill, Arizona, 62.2

D. J. White, Indiana, 60.4

Roy Hibbert, Georgetown, 60.1

Here are the top five in three-pointers made per game competing in this year's NCAA tournament:

Stephen Curry, Davidson, 4.3

Garrison Carr, American, 4.0
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt, 4.0
Josh Akognon, Cal State-Fullerton, 3.6
Chris Lofton, Tennessee, 3.4

Here is the top five in three-point field goal percentage in this year's NCAA tournament:

Shan Foster, Vanderbilt, 47.3
Ryan Wittman, Cornell, 46.6
Garrison Carr, American, 45.4
Kyle McAlarney, Notre Dame, 44.8
Josh Young, Drake, 44.6
Here are the top five free throw shooters in this year's tourney:

Justin Hare, Belmont, 91.5

Jack McClinton, Miami-Florida, 90.8

Louis Dale, Cornell, 90.6

Josh Akognon, Cal State-Fullerton, 90.4

Stephen Curry, Davidson, 89.8

Seven players in the field are averaging double-figures in rebounding:

Michael Beasley, Kansas State, 12.4*

Kevin Love, UCLA, 10.6

Damion James, Texas, 10.5

Will Thomas, George Mason, 10.5

D. J. White, Indiana, 10.4

Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, 10.4

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, 10.2

*Leads nation


Beasley, Hansbrough and Harangody are the three players in the tournament averaging 20-plus ppg. and 10-plus rpg.

Six players in the field are averaging at least six assists per game:

Jason Richards, Davidson, 8.0*

Jay Greene, UMBC, 7.3

Adam Emmenecker, Drake, 6.2

Tory Jackson, Notre Dame, 6.1

Jeremy Pargo, Gonzaga, 6.0

A. J. Price, Connecticut, 6.0

*Leads nation

Here are your top six blocked shots leaders in this year's NCAA tournament:

Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State, 4.6*

Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut, 4.5

Taj Gibson, USC, 2.5

Cavell Johnson, UMBC, 2.4

Roy Hibbert, Georgetown, 2.3

Robin Lopez, Stanford, 2.3

*Leads nation

Here are your top six steals leaders in this year's NCAA tournament:

Chris Gaynor, Winthrop, 2.9

Derek Wright, Austin Peay, 2.6

Mario Chalmers, Kansas, 2.4

Chris Kramer, Purdue, 2.3

Brandon Johnson, San Diego, 2.2

Jerel McNeal, Marquette, 2.2

Six of the nation's top 10 scoring teams are in the field (national rank in parentheses:)

North Carolina (2), 88.7

Duke (3), 84.1

Tennessee (5), 83.0

Cal State-Fullerton (6), 82.6

Boise State (8), 82.0

Kansas (10), 81.5

Six of the nation's top 10 scoring defense leaders are in the field (national rank in parentheses:)

Wisconsin (1), 53.8

Washington State (3), 57.1

Butler (5), 57.8

Georgetown (6), 58.0

Winthrop (9), 58.2

UCLA (10), 59.1

The top 13 teams in scoring margin are in the field: Kansas (19.9), Memphis (19.1), North Carolina (16.0), Davidson (15.8), UCLA (15.0), Duke (14.8), Wisconsin (13.6), Gonzaga (13.3), Xavier (13.0), Tennessee (12.9), St. Mary's (12.8), Drake (12.3), West Virginia (11.9)
Here are the top six teams in field goal percentage in the field:

Boise State, 50.9

Kansas, 50.5

Cornell, 49.2

Georgetown, 48.6
Oregon, 48.5

Gonzaga, 48.5
Seven of the top eight teams in field goal defense are in the field (national rank in parentheses:)

Georgetown (1), 36.7

Mississippi State (2), 36.8

Wisconsin (4), 38.0

Kansas (5), 38.2

Memphis (6), 38.3

Louisville (7), 38.3

Connecticut (8), 38.4

Seven teams in this year's field average at least nine three-pointers made per game:

Belmont, 10.6

Duke, 9.3

Butler, 9.2

Drake, 9.2

Davidson, 9.1

Vanderbilt, 9.1

Tennessee, 9.0

Here are the top six teams in three-point field goal percentage in this year's field:

Cornell, 41.4
Notre Dame, 41.0

American, 40.9

Vanderbilt, 40.4

Oregon, 40.1

Kansas, 39.8

Here is the top free throw shooting teams in this year's field:

Indiana, 76.3

Cornell, 76.3

Drake, 75.6

North Carolina, 75.4

Xavier, 75.0

Seven teams in this year's field have a rebounding margin of at least seven per game:

North Carolina, +11.4

UCLA , + 8.4

Kansas State, + 8.0

Stanford, + 8.0

Kansas, + 7.8

Michigan State, + 7.1

Texas A&M, + 7.1

Here is the list of teams with the most assists per game in the field:

Notre Dame, 18.9*

Kansas, 18.6

Tennessee, 18.2

Vanderbilt, 18.0

Boise State, 17.9

Michigan State, 17.6

*Leads nation

Here are the teams with the most blocked shots in this year's field:

Connecticut, 8.8*

Mississippi State, .9

Kansas, 6.2

Memphis, 6.1

Clemson, 5.5

*Leads nation

Five teams in this year's field average at least nine steals per game:

Clemson, 9.9

Marquette, 9.6

Tennessee, 9.3

Kansas, 9.0

Cal State-Fullerton, 9.0

Seven of the top eight teams with the fewest turnovers per game are in the field (national rank in parentheses:)

Texas (1), 9.4

UMBC (2), 9.5

Butler (3), 10.3

Washington State (4), 10.3

UNLV (6), 10.6

Siena (7), 11.1

West Virginia (8), 11.1

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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