Marquette vs. Cincinnati: Full Game Preview
|Marquette||V Blue 13.7||D Gardner 5.4||J Cadougan 4.4|
|Cincinnati||S Kilpatrick 17.3||T Rubles 5.8||C Wright 3.7|
On Saturday, No. 25 Marquette visits Fifth Third Arena to take on Cincinnati. The game gets underway at 7:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPNU. The Golden Eagles are 3-2 against the Bearcats over the last four years. They fell 72-61 on 2/29/2012, the last time they met.
Marquette is currently in 1st place in the Big East and Cincinnati is in 4th. Marquette has won six games straight.
In their last match-up, Davante Gardner finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds in the Golden Eagles 69-62 victory over Seton Hall on January 16th. He is averaging 13.1 points per game while also contributing a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game. For the Bearcats, Cashmere Wright finished with 20 points and 7 assists in the 75-70 win over DePaul on January 15th. He leads the team in assists with 3.7 per game and steals with 1.9 per game.
- Marquette is better under pressure, and has defeated Cincinnati in 5 out of the last 7 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- Marquette allows fewer rebounds (30.9 allowed per game vs 34.9 allowed per game) than Cincinnati this season.
- Marquette takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Cincinnati (8 vs 5).
- Marquette has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Cincinnati (1 vs 0).
- The Marquette assist leader (Junior Cadougan) has more assists than the Cincinnati assist leader (Cashmere Wright).
- At least you keep showing up. Marquette has an average margin of victory of 8 over Cincinnati in 17 wins since 1982.
- Marquette is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Marquette is 228 lbs compared to 213 lbs for Cincinnati.
- We make our fans proud. Marquette has a better record at home than Cincinnati this season (8-0 vs 8-1).
- Marquette has a better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.674 to 0.627).
- AP voters think more highly of Marquette and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Cincinnati (105 vs 56).
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|D+||J. Davis III||11||6||3||1||0||0||1|