|Cincinnati||S Kilpatrick 17.3||T Rubles 6.0||C Wright 3.1|
|Providence||B Cotton 19.6||L Henton 8.4||V Council 7.0|
Cincinnati battles Providence in the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. The game gets underway at 12 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Bearcats lost to the Friars 54-50 on Feb. 6 and are 3-3 against them over the last four years.
The Bearcats got past South Florida 61-53 on Mar. 9 with the help of 15 points from Cashmere Wright. He contributes a team-high 3.1 assists per game and 1.6 steals per game. The Friars were defeated by Connecticut 63-59 on Mar. 9 despite 14 points and 12 rebounds from Kadeem Batts. He contributes 7.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 15.2 points per game.
- Since 1998, Cincinnati has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Providence (eight vs. two).
- Cincinnati has more wins over the last 5 years than Providence (123 vs. 93).
- Cincinnati has a stronger schedule than Providence this season (SOS Rank: No. 33 vs. No. 50).
- Cashmere Wright is ranked 5th in the Big East in three-pointers and 9th in the Big East in steals.
- Cincinnati has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Providence (five vs. one).
- Justin Jackson is ranked 9th in the Big East in blocks.
- Even computers respect Cincinnati more. Cincinnati has a better RPI this season than Providence (RPI: No. 48 vs. No. 83).
- Cincinnati has been the favorite seven out of the last nine times.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Cincinnati currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (956 to 925) than Providence, per the NCAA.
- Cincinnati is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Cincinnati is 213 lbs compared to 201 lbs for Providence.
- The Cincinnati blocks leader (Cheikh Mbodj, 80 blocks) has more blocks than the Providence blocks leader (Kadeem Batts, 21 blocks).
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