Cincinnati vs. Connecticut: Full Game Preview

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Cincinnati vs. Connecticut: Full Game Preview
Cincinnati
(19-7, 6-2 away)
Connecticut
(17-7, 13-4 home)
Venue: XL Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 21, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Cincinnati S Kilpatrick 18.0 T Rubles 5.8 C Wright 3.4
Connecticut S Napier 16.3 D Daniels 4.9 S Napier 4.7

Cincinnati matches up against Connecticut on Thursday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Bearcats are 3-3 against the Huskies over the last four years. The last time they played they won 70-67 on Jan. 18, 2012.

Cincinnati is currently in 10th place in the Big East and Connecticut is in sixth.

In their last outing, despite 15 points and 6 rebounds from JaQuon Parker, the Bearcats fell to Georgetown 62-55 on Feb. 15. He contributes 4.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 11 points per game. For the Huskies, Niels Giffey put up 11 points in the 70-61 loss to Villanova on Feb. 16. He contributes 3.6 rebounds per game in addition to his 4.8 points per game.

There is a single key statistical area where Cincinnati can exploit Connecticut, rebounding, where the Bearcats have an edge over the Huskies, 41 per game to 32 per game.

Connecticut StatSmack

  • The Cincinnati blocks leader (Cheikh Mbodj, 66 blocks) has more blocks than the Connecticut blocks leader (DeAndre Daniels, 28 blocks).
  • Cincinnati is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Cincinnati is 213 lbs compared to 200 lbs for Connecticut.
  • Cincinnati players are more experienced than Connecticut players (13,689 minutes played vs. 12,809 minutes played).
  • Justin Jackson is ranked 7th in the Big East in blocks.
  • The Cincinnati scoring leader (Sean Kilpatrick, 468 points) has more points than the Connecticut scoring leader (Shabazz Napier, 391 points).
  • Sean Kilpatrick is ranked 45th nationally in points and 43rd nationally in three-pointers.
  • Cincinnati attacks the glass, with more rebounds (41.0 per game vs. 32.5 per game) than Connecticut this season.
  • Cincinnati has a better scoring defense (58.5 allowed per game vs. 65.1 allowed per game) than Connecticut this season.
  • Cheikh Mbodj is ranked 22nd nationally in blocks.
  • The Cincinnati three-point leader (Sean Kilpatrick, 68 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Connecticut three-point leader (Shabazz Napier, 51 three-pointers).
  • Cincinnati beat Connecticut by 3 points the last time they played (Jan 18, 2012).
Cinci Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Sean Kilpatrick 33 18 5 2 1 0 2
B Cashmere Wright 29 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 21 5 5 0 0 3 1
C+ Justin Jackson 20 4 6 2 1 1 2
C- J. Sanders 13 3 2 1 0 0 1
C- David Nyarsuk 12 3 3 0 0 1 1
C- S. Thomas 10 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Ge`Lawn Guyn 11 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
UCONN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Shabazz Napier 36 16 4 5 2 0 2
B+ Ryan Boatright 35 15 3 4 2 0 3
B Omar Calhoun 31 11 4 1 1 0 2
B DeAndre Daniels 27 11 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Tyler Olander 22 5 4 1 0 1 1
C Niels Giffey 21 5 4 1 1 0 1
C Enosch Wolf 14 3 3 1 0 1 1
C Trey James 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
C- Pat Lenehan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Dave Vandal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- R.J. Evans 14 3 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Leon Tolksdorf 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Tor Watts 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D+ Phillip Nolan 8 1 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Keifer Lammi 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
D+ Brendan Allen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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