Villanova vs. Cincinnati: Full Game Preview

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Villanova vs. Cincinnati: Full Game Preview
Villanova
(15-9, 6-5 away)
Cincinnati
(18-6, 12-4 home)
Venue: Fifth Third Arena
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, February 12, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Villanova J Pinkston 12.5 M Yarou 6.8 R Arcidiacono 3.4
Cincinnati S Kilpatrick 18.2 T Rubles 6.0 C Wright 3.3

On Tuesday, Villanova travels to Fifth Third Arena to take on Cincinnati. Tipoff occurs at 8 p.m. EST and you can catch it on PHL17, FSN-OH or MASN. The Wildcats are 3-2 against the Bearcats over the last four years. They lost 72-68 the last time they played (Mar. 3, 2012).

Cincinnati and Villanova share the ninth spot in the conference.

In their last matchup on Feb. 9, Darrun Hilliard put up 17 points as the Wildcats ran it up on South Florida 68-40. He is averaging 11.7 points per game and��leads the team in steals with 1.5 per game. For the Bearcats, Titus Rubles put up 8 points and 8 rebounds in the 62-52 loss to Pittsburgh on Feb. 9. He is averaging 6.4 points per game in addition to a team-best 6 rebounds per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Cincinnati is strong in offensive rebounding percentage at 40.1 percent. This is good enough for second in the conference and sixth in the nation.

Cincinnati StatSmack

  • Villanova has an average margin of victory of 10 over Cincinnati in five wins since 2005.
  • James Bell is ranked 9th in the Big East in three-pointers.
  • The Villanova basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Cincinnati (100 percent vs. 53 percent).
  • AP voters think more highly of Villanova and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Cincinnati (94 vs. 60).
  • The Villanova assist leader (Ryan Arcidiacono, 81 assists) has more assists than the Cincinnati assist leader (Cashmere Wright, 77 assists).
  • Villanova has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Cincinnati (seven vs. five).
  • Ryan Arcidiacono is ranked 4th in the Big East in three-pointers.
  • Villanova has a better record in close games than Cincinnati this season (5-4 vs. 3-4).
  • Diaper Dandies love Villanova. Villanova has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Cincinnati (12 vs. 8).
  • Mouphtaou Yarou is ranked 5th in the Big East in rebounds.
Nova Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B J. Pinkston 24 13 5 2 1 0 2
B R. Arcidiacono 33 11 2 3 1 0 3
B Mouphtaou Yarou 25 9 7 1 0 1 2
B- Darrun Hilliard 30 12 3 1 2 0 2
B- James Bell 28 9 5 1 1 0 2
C Daniel Ochefu 19 4 5 1 1 1 1
C Maurice Sutton 13 5 4 1 1 1 1
C- Achraf Yacoubou 14 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Tony Chennault 17 4 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Patrick Farrell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Henry Lowe 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D+ Nick McMahon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Mislav Brzoja 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Cinci Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Sean Kilpatrick 33 18 5 2 1 0 2
B Cashmere Wright 28 14 3 3 2 0 2
B JaQuon Parker 29 11 5 2 1 0 2
C+ Titus Rubles 21 6 6 2 1 0 2
C+ Cheikh Mbodj 20 5 5 0 0 2 1
C+ Justin Jackson 19 4 6 2 1 1 2
C- J. Sanders 12 3 2 1 0 0 1
C- David Nyarsuk 13 3 3 0 0 1 1
C- S. Thomas 11 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Ge`Lawn Guyn 12 2 1 1 0 0 1
D+ J. Davis III 11 6 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Kelvin Gaines 7 1 2 0 0 1 0
D A. Eppensteiner 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
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