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NCAA Late Friday Matchups

Facts, stats and fun stuff on Friday's late NCAA games.

NCAA Late Friday Matchups

Facts, stats and fun stuff culled from, among other sources, the thumbnails on all 68 NCAA teams put together by the Daily News sports staff — East, South, Midwest, West.

6:50 (TBS) Memphis vs. Saint Louis
   BoopNotes:
Tigers won their three Conference USA tourney games by a combined 75 points ... Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus is 10-1 in first-round games.

7:15 (CBS) Duke vs. Lehigh
   BoopNotes:
Last two NCAA outs for Duke were by 16 (Arizona last year) and 23 (Villanova in 2009). Won 2010 title ... Lehigh leading C.J. McCollum has scored 20 or more points in 10 of his last 12 games.

7:20 (TNT) Michigan vs. Ohio
   BoopNotes:
Michigan made 55% of their two-point shots ... OU makes 9.5 steals a game and forced 150 more turnovers than they committed.

7:27 (TRU) Saint Mary’s vs. Purdue
   BoopNotes:
SMU was blown out by Baylor in a regional semifinal in their last NCAA appearance ... After battling injuries for two seasons, Purdue's Robbie Hummel has come on in his last seven regular season games (22.6 points, 50% FG, 89% FT).

9:20 (TBS) Michigan State vs. LIU-Brooklyn
   BoopNotes:
MSU played the toughest schedule in the country ... LIUB was third in the country in scoring (81.9 points per game) and third in free throws made per game (20.9).

9:45 (CBS) Notre Dame vs. Xavier
   BoopNotes: Irish
have not advanced past the first weekend since 2003 ... XU has advanced to the second weekend four times since 2004.

9:50 (TNT) Temple vs. South Florida
   BoopNotes: Temple head coach Fran Dunphy is 59-26 in March ... Ten different players started at least one game for USF this season.

9:57 (TRU) Kansas vs. Detroit
   BoopNotes: Jayhawks
shoot 10 percentage points better than their opponents (48.5% to 38.1%) and outrebound them by nearly six a game ... UD has more wins (22-13) than the NBA’s Pistons (16-27). Detroit hung close to Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Alabama during the season.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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