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 is one of the better teams in the country and Notre Dame has a 1-0 record against nationally-ranked teams. The Fighting Irish boast a record of 13-1 overall including 1-0 in the Big East. Meanwhile, the Bearcats have a record of 13-2 and are 1-1 in the conference. RPI ranks the Fighting Irish at No. 41 and the Bearcats at No. 43. Notre Dame is rolling, currently on a 11-game winning streak. Last season, the Fighting Irish lost to the Bearcats 71-55. Over the past four years, Notre Dame has a record of 3-3 against Cincinnati, and 0-3 at Fifth Third Arena.

Cincinnati StatSmack

  • We just win. Notre Dame has more wins over the last 5 years than Cincinnati (130 vs 115).
  • We make our fans proud. Notre Dame has a better record at home than Cincinnati this season (10-0 vs 8-1).
  • Notre Dame is a better shooting team (51.0% vs 43.6%) than Cincinnati this season.
  • The Notre Dame rebounding leader (Jack Cooley) has more rebounds than the Cincinnati rebounding leader (Sean Kilpatrick).
  • Jerian Grant is ranked 46th nationally in assists.
  • Notre Dame is a better three-point shooting team (38.7% vs 34.6%) than Cincinnati this season.
  • Notre Dame players are more experienced than Cincinnati players (11,322 minutes played vs 11,264 minutes played).
  • Notre Dame has a better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.669 to 0.627).
  • AP voters think more highly of Notre Dame and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Cincinnati (86 vs 56).
  • The Notre Dame basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Cincinnati (100% vs 53%).
  • At least you keep showing up. Notre Dame has an average margin of victory of 18 over Cincinnati in 6 wins since 2000.
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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