Vandy & Harvard: March Madness Battle Of The Brains

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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:

Less than 1 hr away!!!! Harvard meets Vanderbilt in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. GO CRIMSON!!! #ncaa(image) 31 minutes ago via SocialFlow ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

We're about an hour from tip off - 3:40 CT. Watch on TNT, listen on Vanderbilt IMG radio, more: #whoyawith #godores(image) 1 hour ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The Harvard players are currently watching the end of the Wisconsin-Montana game from the tunnel(image) 16 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Tip off in less than an hour. Last time Harvard was in the NCAA tourney gas was 21 cents a gallon. #GoCrimson(image) 40 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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.(image) 1 hour ago via qStatus ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The pocket protector bowl? I love it. Come on Vandy.(image) 1 minute ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

If Harvard upsets Vandy will it still count as #linsanity #MarchMadness(image) 31 seconds ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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