You can call this the battle of the nerds, the battle of the 4.0s (or maybe more accurately the 4.25s), or whatever - but there's no doubt that today's Vanderbilt / Harvard game has the chance to be a great one.
Vanderbilt is coming off their victory over top-ranked Kentucky in the SEC Championship game and riding a 10-6 conference record into the Big Dance. Harvard, who went 12-2 in conference play and 26-4 overall, won the Ivy League.
For Harvard, Junior Forward Kyle Casey leads the team in scoring with 11.2 points a game. Senior Forward Keith Wright is pulling in a team-best 8.1 boards a game, while Junior Guard Brandyn Curry is averaging 5.0 assists per game.
Vanderbilt is led by their top scorer John Jenkins, the Junior Guard who's averaging 19.9 points a game. Their rebounding leader is Lance Goulbourne with 6.9, and their assists leader Brad Tinsley comes in with 4.2 a game.
Here are how the two teams compare (Vandy - Harvard):
Points per game: 72.9 - 65.4
FG Pct: 45.9% - 46.7%
Opponent Avg. PPG: 65.0 - 54.8
Opponent FG Pct: 41.8% - 40.6 %
FT Pct: 69.8 - 74.6
Rebound Margin: 1.2 - 4.5
Average Steals Per Game: 5.9 - 6.0
Twitter is already chatting about the matchup:
The Harvard players are currently watching the end of the Wisconsin-Montana game from the tunnel
I have Vanderbilt going all the way the Elite 8 for no other reason then that I enjoyed writing "Vandy"over and over again on my bracket.
The pocket protector bowl? I love it. Come on Vandy.