Louisville vs. Connecticut: Full Game Preview

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Louisville vs. Connecticut: Full Game Preview
Louisville
(15-1, 6-1 away)
Connecticut
(12-3, 10-2 home)
Venue: XL Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 14, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Louisville R Smith 18.9 G Dieng 10.4 P Siva 5.6
Connecticut S Napier 17.1 D Daniels 4.7 R Boatright 4.6

The Huskies got past Notre Dame 65-58 on January 12th with the help of 19 points and 5 rebounds from Shabazz Napier. He paces the team in points per game with 17.1, and steals per game with 2.1. For the Cardinals, Chane Behanan finished with 7 points and 12 rebounds in the 64-38 blowout of South Florida on January 12th. He contributes 7.5 rebounds per game in addition to his 11.4 points per game.

Louisville StatSmack

  • At least you keep showing up. Connecticut has an average margin of victory of 8 over Louisville in 6 wins since 2000.
  • Connecticut has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Louisville (3 vs 2).
  • AP voters think more highly of Connecticut and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Louisville (156 vs 142).
  • The Connecticut blocks leader (Tyler Olander) has more blocks than the Louisville blocks leader (Montrezl Harrell).
  • Tyler Olander is ranked 9th in the Big East in blocks.
  • Connecticut is better under pressure, and has defeated Louisville in 3 out of the last 5 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Connecticut has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Louisville (21 vs 15).
  • Shabazz Napier is ranked 10th in the Big East in points, 10th in the Big East in three-pointers, and 49th nationally in steals.
  • Connecticut is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Connecticut is 77.8 inches compared to 76.5 inches for Louisville.
Lville Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Russ Smith 28 19 3 3 2 0 3
B+ Gorgui Dieng 28 9 10 2 1 2 2
B+ Peyton Siva 29 12 2 6 2 0 3
B+ Chane Behanan 27 11 8 1 2 0 1
B- W. Blackshear 21 9 4 1 1 0 1
B- M. Harrell 19 6 4 0 1 1 1
C+ Luke Hancock 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
C S. Van Treese 14 2 4 0 1 0 0
C Kevin Ware 17 4 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Zach Price 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Michael Baffour 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Tim Henderson 4 1 1 0 1 0 0
D Jordan Bond 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Logan Baumann 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
UCONN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Shabazz Napier 36 17 4 4 2 0 2
B+ Ryan Boatright 35 16 3 5 1 0 3
B Omar Calhoun 30 11 3 1 1 1 2
B DeAndre Daniels 27 11 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Tyler Olander 22 5 4 1 0 1 1
C Niels Giffey 19 4 3 1 1 0 1
C Enosch Wolf 13 4 4 1 0 1 1
C R.J. Evans 16 4 1 1 1 0 1
C Trey James 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
C- Dave Vandal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Pat Lenehan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Leon Tolksdorf 9 1 1 1 0 0 0
C- Phillip Nolan 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Tor Watts 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D+ Keifer Lammi 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
D+ Brendan Allen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

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