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03/28/2013 05:39 pm ET

Sweet 16 Teams' Point Differentials: Marquette Has Survived & Advanced While Louisville Has Thrived

AP

Thirty years after Jim Valvano's Cardiac Pack eked out one nervy win after the next en route to the national championship, Buzz Williams' Marquette squad has taken a similar path to the Sweet 16.

Valvano's sixth-seeded NC State squad escaped the opening round of the 1983 NCAA Tournament with a 69-67 win over No. 11 Pepperdine. In the second round, the Wolfpack earned a 71-70 upset over No. 3 UNLV. NC State's +3 point differential through two games matches the combined margin of victory for No. 3 Marquette entering the Sweet 16 in 2013. The Golden Eagles face No. 2 Miami on Thursday in Washington, D.C. with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line.

While Marquette has embodied the "survive and advance" ethos of the tournament perhaps better than any team in the field, No. 1 overall seed Louisville has reached the round of 16 by thriving and advancing. Through two games, the Golden Eagles' point differential is +3. For Louisville, that figure is +57.

By buzzer beater or blowout, one win is as useful in the next when it comes to reaching the Final Four. But that doesn't mean a "W" tells the tale of the journey. Here is a look at the results and combined point differentials thus far for each of the Sweet 16 teams.

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Sweet 16 Team Point Differentials

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