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Cincinnati vs DePaul Preview

Tonight at 8:30, Cincinnati travels to Chicago to take on the DePaul Blue Demons. The former Great Midwest, Conference USA and current Big East rivals meet for the 50th time. Cincinnati has won 34 of the previous meetings, including the last 4 in a row. The last time Cincinnati lost to DePaul was the Big East tournament game of 2009. That was the year DePaul won 0 Big East games in the regular season. Not the finest moment in Cincinnati basketball history. 

The games lately have been kind of close by margin. Only 2 of the last 5 meetings have had a margin of more than 10 points. Cincinnati won last year's meeting by 8. This one has the potential to be relatively close as well. Every game does, but this one does just because of the style Cincinnati has adapted. With the slower style, it's harder to have blowouts unless you absolutely shoot the lights out. I think Cincinnati is going to play somewhat faster. DePaul pushes and pushes and pushes the pace. They gave up 99 in their last game. There's a chance for offense. 

Record: 14-3, 2-2

Road/Neutral: 6-0

Vs DePaul: 34-15

Current Winning Streak Against DePaul: 4

Last Meeting: 74-66, February 4, 2012

Mick Cronin Win Total: 196

Minutes

  • Sean Kilpatrick 31.7
  • Cashmere Wright 28
  • JaQuon Parker 27.5
  • Titus Rubles 20.1
  • Justin Jackson 20

Scoring

  • Sean Kilpatrick 17.2
  • Cashmere Wright 14.8
  • JaQuon Parker 11
  • Titus Rubles 6.9
  • Cheikh Mbodj 5

Field Goal %

  • David Nyarsuk 62
  • Cheikh Mbodj 49.3
  • Cashmere Wright 45.7
  • Jermaine Sanders 42.9
  • Sean Kilpatrick 42.3

Free Throw % (Minimum 15 attempts)

  • Cashmere Wright 79.6
  • Sean Kilpatrick 68.9
  • Titus Rubles 63.8
  • Cheikh Mbodj 58.8
  • JaQuon Parker 56.9

3 Pointers Made (3 Point %)

  • Cashmere Wright 44 (43.6)
  • Sean Kilpatrick 38 (32.5)
  • JaQuon Parker 21 (40.4)
  • Jermaine Sanders 6 (35.3)
  • Ge'Lawn Guyn 5 (27.8)

Rebounding

  • Titus Rubles 6
  • Justin Jackson 5.6
  • Sean Kilpatrick 5.4
  • Cheikh Mbodj 5.2
  • JaQuon Parker 4.6

Assists Per Game

  • Cashmere Wright 3.5
  • Titus Rubles 2.3
  • Sean Kilpatrick 1.9
  • JaQuon Parker 1.6
  • Justin Jackson 1.6

Turnovers Per Game

  • Sean Kilpatrick 2
  • Titus Rubes 2
  • Cashmere Wright 1.9
  • Justin Jackson 1.6
  • JaQuon Parker 1.3

Steals

  • Cashmere Wright 35
  • Sean Kilpatrick 24
  • Justin Jackson 21
  • Titus Rubles 18
  • JaQuon Parker 14

Blocks

  • Cheikh Mbodj 39
  • Justin Jackson 21
  • David Nyarsuk 19
  • Kelvin Gaines 11

Record: 10-6, 1-2

Home: 6-3

Home Vs Cincinnati: 10-12

Donnavan Kirk and Charles McKinney were suspended for the UConn game. Oliver Purnell indicated they would play tonight. There is a chance they might not. 

Minutes

  • Brandon Young 29.6
  • Cleveland Melvin 29.4
  • Worrel Clahar 24.1
  • Donnavan Kirk 22.9
  • Jamee Crockett 21.8

Points

  • Brandon Young 17.2
  • Cleveland Melvin 16.8
  • Jamee Crockett 9.4
  • Worrel Clahar 6.9
  • Moses Morgan 6.9

Field Goal %

  • Derrell Robertson 57.6
  • Charles McKinney 51.7
  • Donnavan Kirk 50.7
  • Cleveland Melvin 48.8
  • Durrell McDonald 48.6

Free Throw %

  • Donnavan Kirk 46.9
  • Brandon Young 74.5
  • Moses Morgan 73.9
  • Worrel Clahar 72.2
  • Cleveland Melvin 67.5

3 Pointers Made (3 Point %)

  • Moses Morgan 19 (28.8)
  • Brandon young 17 (38.6)
  • Worrel Clahar 10 (24.4)
  • Durrell McDonald 8 (42.1)
  • Cleveland Melvin 7 (35)
  • Jamee Crockett 7 (22.6)

Rebounding

  • Cleveland Melvin 7.6
  • Jamee Crockett 4.8
  • Worrel Clahar 4.2
  • Derrell Robertson Jr 3.4
  • Brandon Young 3.4

Assists Per Game

  • Brandon Young 4.4
  • Worrel Clahar 3.1
  • Jamee Crockett 1.3
  • Moses Morgan 1.3
  • Charles McKinney 1.2

Turnovers

  • Brandon Young 3
  • Cleveland Melvin 2.5
  • Worrel Clahar 2
  • Charles McKinney 1.6
  • Durrell McDonald 1.6

Steals

  • Cleveland Melvin 26
  • Worrel Clahar 25
  • Brandon Young 23
  • Durrell McDonald 17
  • Charles McKinney 15

Blocks

  • Donnavan Kirk 29
  • Cleveland Melvin 16
  • Derrell Robertson Jr 10

Paw Points

DePaul has made a 3 their last 595 games. 

Cincinnati hasn't lost to DePaul during the regular season since 2007-08. 

Cincinnati hasn't lost at DePaul since February 24, 2007. 

DePaul plays one of the quickest paces in the country. They are at 74.8 possessions a game. That number has risen to 79 during the 4 Big East games. Cincinnati has been one of the slowest teams in the country during their Big East slate at 61 possessions. 

Just because they play fast and average a lot of points, that does not mean DePaul is good offensively. They are scoring 0.98 points per possession in Big East play. Cincinnati has seen their offense slip, but they are still at 1.02 ppp. 

Notre Dame blew up Cincinnati's defense, but the Bearcats are giving up under 1 ppp with 0.98. DePaul is giving up 1.03. That puts them in the middle of the Big East. Cincinnati is 5th. 

DePaul is hitting 44.5% from the field. They attempt just 14 three pointers a game. They are a bad 3 point shooting team, but that is a low number of attempts. That's the second fewest. Even though they have the same number of free throw attempts per game as UC, the Blue Demons get there less than the Bearcats do. 

The Blue Demons are a pretty good free throw shooting team at 74.6%. They get to the line at the 7th highest rate in the league. Cincinnati doesn't foul a lot, so holding to that and keeping DePaul off the line would be nice. Meanwhile, Cincinnati  has the 4th highest free throw rate. The Bearcats are making 66.3%. That is in the bottom half of the league, but that's 3% better than the non-con. 

DePaul has not rebounded well at all in Big East play. They are getting just 41.9% of the available rebounds. They are the second worst offensive rebounding team at 25.4% and the second worst defensive rebounding team at 58.3%. Only South Florida is worse. Cincinnati hasn't hit the offensive glass like they did in the non-conference, 7th in the Big East, but they are one of the better defensive rebounding teams overall. 

Cincinnati and DePaul are 2 of the worst teams in the Big East at assisting on baskets. DePaul is assisting on 42.4% of their field goals, Cincinnati 47%. Seton Hall is assisting on 69.1% of their field goals. 

Cincinnati hasn't turned the ball over that much in league play. UC turns it over 16% of possessions. That Rutgers game really helped that. DePaul has a high number of turnovers per game at 14, but because of pace they are turning it over 17.7% of the time. St John's averages 14 turnovers a game and they turn it over nearly 20% of the time by comparison. 

DePaul's press could cause some steals. They have a very high steal percentage. It could also translate for easy baskets for Cincinnati. That's the hope at least. 

Someone off the bench is going for at least 12. I'm calling it right now. 

Cincinnati 75 DePaul 61

Scott

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