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Cincinnati vs Louisville Big East Championship Preview

Tonight at 9 on ESPN, the Cincinnati Bearcats take on the Louisville Cardinals in the first ever Big East Championship game for the Cats. Louisville has been to 3 of the past 4. They lost last year to Connecticut. The Cardinals have also lost the last 3 meetings to Cincinnati. The first of the 3 came in the Big East tournament a couple of years ago. That’s been the only meeting of the teams in tournament play. The last time they played before this in tournament play was the 2004 Conference USA tournament. Cincinnati won that and the tournament. The teams met in the 1981 Metro Conference Championship game. Louisville won that. Can’t win everything. 

If you forgot the regular season meeting between the teams, here is a quick reminder. UC hit 11 threes, 8 in the first half, in toppling the Cards 60-56. Louisville shot 34.5% for the game, which was better than UC’s 32.8%, but the Cards were just 1-14 from 3. Louisville turned the ball over 14 times. The 2 Cards playing great ball right now, Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieing, had 14 points on 7-13, 5 boards, 4 assists, 4 turnovers and 11-13-4 steals-4 blocks-4 turnovers respectively. Cashmere Wright went off for 22 points on 6-13 from 3 with 5 assists. Yancy Gates had 10-10. Sean Kilpatrick 12. 

People, this is it. This is the Big East Championship. The Cincinnati Bearcats are playing for the Big East Championship. It’s insane, awesome, mind blowing, awesome, crazy and awesome. There is a story to be told about this team after the season is over. The story is going to have a great chapter about the time spent in New York City this week. The Bearcats are playing some great basketball. They are 40 minutes and one tough team away from becoming Big East Champions. I’ve said that 75 times in this paragraph, but if you aren’t pumped up after Syracuse, you have life. You really do. Believe. 

Stats conference numbers only

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Seed: 4
Record: 24-9, 12-6

Scoring

  1. Sean Kilpatrick 13.9
  2. Dion Dixon 13.3
  3. Yancy Gates 11
  4. Cashmere Wright 10.2
  5. JaQuon Parker 8.8

FG%

  1. Justin Jackson 50
  2. Yancy Gates 49
  3. Sean Kilpatrick 41
  4. Ge’Lawn Guyn 39.3
  5. JaQuon Parker 39

3PT %

  1. JaQuon Parker 37.2
  2. Cashmere Wright 37
  3. Jeremiah Davis 35.3
  4. Sean Kilpatrick 35
  5. Dion Dixon 27

FT %

  1. Dion Dixon 77
  2. Sean Kilpatrick 70.5
  3. JaQuon Parker 67
  4. Cashmere Wright 67
  5. Yancy Gates 61

Rebounding

  1. Yancy Gates 9.4
  2. Sean Kilpatrick 4.7
  3. JaQuon Parker 4.7
  4. Cashmere Wright 3.9
  5. Justin Jackson 3.7

Off reb 

  1. Yancy Gates 3.7
  2. Justin Jackson 2
  3. Dion Dixon 1.8

Def reb 

  1. Yancy Gates 5.7
  2. Sean Kilpatrick 3.4
  3. JaQuon Parker 3.3

Assists

  1. Cashmere Wright 4.2
  2. Dion Dixon 2.4
  3. Sean Kilpatrick 2.3
  4. Justin Jackson 1.7

Turnovers

  1. Cashmere Wright 2
  2. Dion Dixon 1.4
  3. Justin Jackson 1.2
  4. Sean Kilpatrick 1.1

Steals

  1. Cashmere Wright 43
  2. Dion Dixon 31
  3. Justin Jackson 17
  4. Sean Kilpatrick 16

Blocks

  1. Justin Jackson 22
  2. Cheikh Mbodj 16
  3. Yancy Gates 15
  4. Dion Dixon 11

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Seed: 7
Record: 25-9 

Scoring

  1. Kyle Kuric 13.4
  2. Russ Smith 11.7
  3. Chane Behanan 10
  4. Chris Smith 10
  5. Gorgui Dieng 8.8

FG %

  1. Chane Behanan 55
  2. Gorgui Dieng 50
  3. Peyton Siva 44
  4. Chris Smith 39.6

3PT %

  1. Chris Smith 39
  2. Kyle Kuric 35
  3. Russ Smith 28
  4. Peyton Siva 21

FT %

  1. Kyle Kuric 85
  2. Russ Smith 77
  3. Chris Smith 73
  4. Peyton Siva 68.5
  5. Gorgui Dieng 67

Rebounding

  1. Gorgui Dieng 8.7
  2. Chane Behanan 7.5
  3. Kyle Kuric 4.9
  4. Chris Smith 4.2
  5. Peyton Siva 3

Off Rebs

  1. Chane Behanan 3.2
  2. Gorgui Dieng 2.9
  3. Chris Smith 1.4

Def Rebs

  1. Gorgui Dieng 5.8
  2. Chane Behanan 4.3
  3. Kyle Kuric 3.6

Assists

  1. Peyton Siva 4.9
  2. Russ Smith 2.1
  3. Chris Smith 1.8
  4. Kyle Kuric 1.4

Turnovers

  1. Peyton Siva 3.4
  2. Russ Smith 2.6
  3. Gorgui Dieng 2.2
  4. Chane Behanan 1.9

Steals

  1. Russ Smith 39
  2. Peyton Siva 30
  3. Gorgui Dieng 27
  4. Kyle Kuric 17
  5. Chane Behanan 17

Blocks 

  1. Gorgui Dieng 57
  2. Kyle Kuric 7

Paw Points

1cincinnatilogo9The last 3 games Peyton Siva has put up 14 on 6-11 with 5 boards, 6 steals, 3 assists and 3 turnovers, 18 on 6-16 (5-7 FTs), 8 boards, 6 assists, 4 steals, 5 turnovers and 13 on 6-10, 8 boards, 9 assists, 2 turnovers. That came off back to back 4 point games. He’s playing very well. 

1cincinnatilogo9 Louisville had a scoring margin of 2.3 in Big East play. That ranked 6th. UC was 5th at 3.5. 

1cincinnatilogo9 Louisville played 68 possessions a game, 5th most, with 0.99 points per possession, 10th. They gave up 0.95 ppp on defense, which was 3rd. That’s pretty damn good. 

1cincinnatilogo9 Louisville in the middle of the pack in shooting. They shot 42.2%, 9th, their effective FG% (3s) was 47.6%, also 9th, and 51% on true shooting (3s and FTs), which was 8th. Defensively, the Cards ranked 4th, 5th and 5th in those categories. 

1cincinnatilogo9Louisville got to the foul line at one of the average rates in the league, but made 68% at the line, which was the 4th worst in the league. Louisville was 17-23 in the first meeting. Louisville gave up free throws at an average rate as well. UC hit 11-19 agianst the Cards in the first game. 

 1cincinnatilogo9When you think of Pitino ball, you think of 3s. Louisville took the 5th most in the BE. They attempted 19.8 a game. They were the 5th worst team by percentage at 30.8%. They made 6.1 a game. The Cards gave up the 5th most attempts, 334, 18.5 a game. 

1cincinnatilogo9Louisville was basically UC on the offensive glass. They got 35.2% of them. UC got 35.6%.  That also applied to defense. Cincinnati got 65.3%, Louisville 65.1%. UC got 50.4% of the rebounds, Louisville 50.2%. 

1cincinnatilogo9Louisville was very turnover prone this season. They turned it over on 22% of possessions. 11.2% of those were opponent steals. They forcred turnovers on 21.1%. Steals accounted for 13.2% of those, which was the 2nd highest total in the league. Louisville, more like Dieng, blocked shots on 7.8% of possessions, 5th most. 

1cincinnatilogo9The teams won a share of the Big East football title. One of the teams will be able to say they won the football and basketball titles. Not a lot of Big East schools can say they pulled that trick off. 

1cincinnatilogo9Cincinnati will be wearing these uniforms. 

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Louisville will wear these

 
Louisville uniform photo: Card Chronicle.  

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