Louisville vs. Connecticut: Full Game Preview
|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.
- 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.
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