Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati: Full Game Preview

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Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati: Full Game Preview
(14) Notre Dame
(13-1, 1-1 away)
(14) Cincinnati
(13-2, 10-2 home)
Venue: Fifth Third Arena
6:30PM ET / 3:30PM PT, January 07, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Notre Dame J Cooley 15.5 J Cooley 11.4 E Atkins 7.4
Cincinnati S Kilpatrick 17.9 S Kilpatrick 5.8 C Wright 3.3

Both teams are jockeying for early position in the Big East. In addition, Cincinnati has a 1-0 record against nationally-ranked teams this season. This game against Notre Dame is an opportunity to improve upon that. The Bearcats come in at 13-2 overall including 1-1 in the Big East. Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish have a record of 13-1, including 1-0 in the conference. According to the RPI rankings, the Bearcats are ranked No. 43 and the Fighting Irish are No. 41. Notre Dame has won 11 straight. Last season, the Bearcats beat the Fighting Irish 71-55. Over the past four years, Cincinnati has gone 3-3 against Notre Dame, and 3-0 at home.

Notre Dame StatSmack

  • Sean Kilpatrick is ranked 16th nationally in points, 2nd in the Big East in three-pointers, and 10th in the Big East in steals.
  • Even computers respect Cincinnati more. We have a better RPI this season than Notre Dame (RPI: #26 vs #71).
  • Justin Jackson is ranked 9th in the Big East in blocks.
  • The Cincinnati blocks leader (Cheikh Mbodj) has more blocks than the Notre Dame blocks leader (Jack Cooley).
  • Cincinnati embarrassed Notre Dame by 16 points the last time they played (Jan 04, 2012).
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Cincinnati has had more players drafted by the NBA than Notre Dame (3 vs 1).
  • The Cincinnati scoring leader (Sean Kilpatrick) has more points than the Notre Dame scoring leader (Jack Cooley).
  • Cincinnati is better at defending the three (29.6% allowed vs 32.6% allowed) than Notre Dame this season.
  • At least you keep showing up. Cincinnati has an average margin of victory of 9 over Notre Dame in 3 wins since 2000.
  • Cincinnati can actually jump, with more rebounds (45.3 per game vs 38.8 per game) than Notre Dame this season.
  • Cheikh Mbodj is ranked 19th nationally in blocks.
ND Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Jack Cooley 28 16 11 1 1 2 1
B Eric Atkins 36 11 3 7 2 0 2
B Jerian Grant 34 12 2 6 1 0 2
B Scott Martin 30 10 7 1 1 1 1
B- Pat Connaughton 30 9 5 3 1 1 1
C+ Garrick Sherman 18 9 4 0 0 1 2
C C. Biedscheid 18 9 2 1 0 0 1
C- Zach Auguste 7 4 2 0 0 1 1
D+ Tom Knight 5 1 2 0 0 0 0
D Austin Burgett 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Patrick Crowley 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cinci Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Sean Kilpatrick 31 18 6 2 2 0 2
B Cashmere Wright 27 15 3 3 2 0 2
B JaQuon Parker 28 11 5 2 1 0 1
C+ Titus Rubles 19 7 6 2 1 0 2
C+ Cheikh Mbodj 20 5 6 0 0 2 1
C Justin Jackson 20 4 5 2 1 1 2
C David Nyarsuk 14 4 3 0 0 1 1
C- S. Thomas 11 4 3 1 1 0 1
C- J. Sanders 12 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Ge`Lawn Guyn 12 2 1 1 1 0 1
D+ J. Davis III 11 6 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Kelvin Gaines 6 0 1 0 0 1 0
D A. Eppensteiner 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
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