Numbers show slight edges for Texas Tech, UVA

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A look at advanced statistics for the NCAA Tournament shows that Virginia's offense has been more efficient than Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders are locking down on opponents at a tougher rate.

The Cavaliers have scored an average of nearly 1.14 points per possession while scoring on a little better than 50 percent of their possessions in the tournament. That was slightly better than the Red Raiders, who averaged 1.08 points per possession while scoring on about 48 percent of their tournament possessions.

Virginia continues to play slower-paced games overall by averaging 57.8 possessions per game in the tournament. Texas Tech averages 64.4 possessions.

Yet while Virginia's offense has been more efficient in the tournament, the Red Raiders' defense has been tougher statistically. Texas Tech has held all five of its tournament opponents to less than a point per possession.