Cincinnati vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview
|Cincinnati||S Kilpatrick 17.7||T Rubles 5.8||C Wright 3.3|
|Louisville||R Smith 18.4||G Dieng 10.1||P Siva 6.0|
On Monday, Cincinnati travels to KFC Yum! Center to take on No. 10 Louisville. It takes place at 7 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Bearcats are 3-3 against the Cardinals over the last four years. They fell 50-44 on Mar. 10, 2012, the last time they met.
Cincinnati is in ninth place in the Big East and Louisville is in second. Both teams continue to fight for position.
The Bearcats got past Connecticut 61-56 on Mar. 2 with the help of 20 points and 5 rebounds from Sean Kilpatrick. At 17.7, he paces the team in points per game. For the Cardinals, Gorgui Dieng put up 11 points and 14 rebounds in the 58-53 win over Syracuse on Mar. 2. With 10.1 rebounds per game and 2.6 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
- Cincinnati is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Cincinnati is 78.2 inches compared to 76.8 inches for Louisville.
- Cheikh Mbodj is ranked 21st nationally in blocks.
- Cincinnati has an average margin of victory of 9 over Louisville in 24 wins since 1980.
- The Cincinnati three-point leader (Sean Kilpatrick, 71 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Louisville three-point leader (Russ Smith, 42 three-pointers).
- Cincinnati is better under pressure, and has defeated Louisville in five out of the last seven games decided by five points or fewer.
- Sean Kilpatrick is ranked 3rd in the Big East in points and 2nd in the Big East in three-pointers.
- The Cincinnati blocks leader (Cheikh Mbodj, 70 blocks) has more blocks than the Louisville blocks leader (Gorgui Dieng, 55 blocks).
- Justin Jackson is ranked 8th in the Big East in blocks.
- Cincinnati has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (69.4 percent to 68.0 percent).
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|C||S. Van Treese||12||2||3||0||0||0||0|