Cincinnati vs. Notre Dame: Full Game Preview

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Cincinnati vs. Notre Dame: Full Game Preview
Cincinnati
(19-8, 6-3 away)
(25) Notre Dame
(21-6, 16-2 home)
Venue: Joyce Center
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, February 24, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Cincinnati S Kilpatrick 18.0 T Rubles 5.7 C Wright 3.4
Notre Dame J Cooley 14.5 J Cooley 11.1 E Atkins 6.0

Cincinnati travels to Joyce Center on Sunday to take on No. 25 Notre Dame. Tipoff occurs at 2 p.m. EST and you can see it on CBS. The Bearcats lost to the Fighting Irish 66-60 on Jan. 7 and are 3-4 against them over the last four years.

Cincinnati is in 10th place in the conference, Notre Dame is in fifth place.

The Bearcats were defeated by Connecticut 73-66 on Feb. 21 despite 18 points and 7 rebounds from Sean Kilpatrick. He leads the team with 18 points per game. For the Fighting Irish, Eric Atkins finished with 10 points and 7 assists in the 51-42 win over Pittsburgh on Feb. 18. He leads the team in assists with 6 per game and steals with 1.6 per game. Notre Dame will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: effective field goal percentage at 53.5 percent and turnover percentage at 17.2 percent.

Notre Dame StatSmack

  • Justin Jackson is ranked 7th in the Big East in blocks.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Cincinnati currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (956 to 1000) than Notre Dame, per the NCAA.
  • Cincinnati has a stronger schedule than Notre Dame this season (SOS Rank: No. 28 vs. No. 85).
  • Cincinnati attacks the glass, with more rebounds (41.1 per game vs. 36.3 per game) than Notre Dame this season.
  • The Cincinnati scoring leader (Sean Kilpatrick, 486 points) has more points than the Notre Dame scoring leader (Jack Cooley, 392 points).
  • Since 1998, Cincinnati has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Notre Dame (eight vs. six).
  • Over the past 10 years, Cincinnati has had more players drafted by the NBA than Notre Dame (three vs. one).
  • Cheikh Mbodj is ranked 19th nationally in blocks.
  • Cincinnati has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (69.5 percent to 61.0 percent).
  • The Cincinnati blocks leader (Cheikh Mbodj, 70 blocks) has more blocks than the Notre Dame blocks leader (Jack Cooley, 37 blocks).
  • Cashmere Wright is ranked 3rd in the Big East in three-pointers and 6th in the Big East in steals.
Cinci Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Sean Kilpatrick 33 18 6 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 5 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 6 1 2 0 0 1 0
D A. Eppensteiner 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
ND Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Jack Cooley 31 15 11 1 1 1 1
B+ Eric Atkins 0 12 3 6 2 0 2
B Jerian Grant 36 13 3 6 1 0 3
B Pat Connaughton 32 9 5 2 0 0 1
B- Scott Martin 30 8 6 1 1 0 1
C C. Biedscheid 18 7 1 1 0 0 1
C Garrick Sherman 15 7 3 0 0 0 1
C Tom Knight 16 4 3 1 0 1 0
C- Zach Auguste 10 4 2 0 0 1 1
D Austin Burgett 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Patrick Crowley 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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