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2014 bracket - nbc sports

So you’ve looked over an empty bracket and penciled in your picks all the way through the national championship game right? Then, you tore it up and did a new one, making a few different selections that you just know will help you win the office pool. If you are 100% satisfied with your choices then that’s great, but, for those of who that may be struggling with what to do with your beloved Cardinals or Wildcats, here’s a few stats you can use that may help you finish your selections for the NCAA Tournament.

Russ scoring espn 300x168 Cards and Cats Stat Rankings Heading Into NCAA Tournament

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Russ Smith is a big reason why Louisville leads the NCAA in scoring margin at 21.2

Statistic – NCAA Leader w/ their avg. in ( ) / Cards and Cats averages and (NCAA rank) shown below.

Scoring Offense – VMI (87.7)

Cards: 82.1 (8)

Cats: 75.9 (56)

Scoring DefenseVirginia (55.3)

Cards: 60.9 (15)

Cats: 66.6 (84)

Scoring Margin – Louisville (21.2)

Cats: 9.3 (32)

Turnovers – Wisconsin (8.1)

Cards: 10.3 (24)

Cats: 12.2 (163)

Turnover Margin – Louisville (7.1)

Cats: -1.2 (268)

Total Steals – VCU (380)

Cards: 344 (2)

Cats: 162 (278)

Total Rebounds – Quinnipiac (1410)

Cards: 1288 (18)

Cats: 1399 (3)

Rebound Margin – Quinnipiac (11.8)

Cards: 3 (89)

Cats: 9.8 (2)

Randle rebound Courier Journal 202x300 Cards and Cats Stat Rankings Heading Into NCAA Tournament

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Julius Randle, grabbing one of his 15 rebounds here against LSU, is a key factor to the Wildcats ranking No.2 in the NCAA in rebounding margin

Total Blocks – St. John’s (243)

Cards: 157 (T-47)

Cats: 212 (T-6)

Total Assists – Iowa St. (612)

Cards: 533 (T-11)

Cats: 391 (T-196)

Assists Turnover Ratio – Creighton (1.78)

Cards: 1.52 (6)

Cats: .94 (230)

Fewest Turnovers – Drexel (255)

Cards: 350 (T-51)

Cats: 415 (237)

Field Goal Percentage – North Dakota State (50.9)

Cards: 47.4 (32)

Cats: 45.1 (126)

Field Goal Percentage Defense – Eastern Michigan (36.5)

Cards: 39.4 (17)

Cats: 40.3 (37)

2014 bracket 300x231 Cards and Cats Stat Rankings Heading Into NCAA Tournament

Three Point FG Percentage – Creighton (42.1)

Cards: 37.1 (67)

Cats: 32.5 (242)

Three Point FG Defense – Clemson (28.2)

Cards: 29.1 (5)

Cats: 31.7 (53)

Free Throw Percentage – Cal State Northridge (79.1)

Cards: 65.9 (294)

Cats: 68.2 (228)