Cincinnati vs Georgetown Preview

Tonight at 9 on ESPN, the Cincinnati Bearcats bring in the Big East co-leading Georgetown Hoyas. This the type of late season game that makes this sport special. A top team coming into town for a big road test against a team that could use a statement. The Bearcats and Hoyas have played some great games the last 2 seasons. The games in DC have been close games that saw UC grind out wins. In the Big East tournament, the Bearcats made a late comeback to force overtime. The game needed 2 of them before the Bearcats pulled it off. Outside the senior day beat down in 2010, the teams have played evenly matched games. 

An evenly matched game is what I expect tonight. Georgetown is excellent on offense. Cincinnati's defense has figured them out. Cincinnati has won 4 in a row against the Hoyas. Pulling off #5 will not be easy. The Hoyas have my front runner for Big East player of the year Otto Porter. He's one of my favorite players to watch. He passes, he rebounds, he can shoot the 3, he can drive, he does it all. Slowing him down is going to be a giant key for the Cats. This is a game where we need Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles to put on their defensive shoes and guard. Porter had 14-7-4-2 steals-2 blocks in the Big East tournament game. Porter is coming off a 21 point, 7 rebound game on Monday night. 

I am very excited for this game. There are only 3 home games remaining. This is the best opponent remaining on the home slate. 5/3 needs to be rocking. If Cincinnati is the basketball school that we claim it to be, the fans need to show out. This is why we watch. This is why we are fans of college basketball. It's a big time game. Get pumped. 

Stats are conference numbers only. 

 

Record: 19-6, 7-5 

Home: 11-4

RPI (from Real Time RPI)35

Vs Georgetown: 6-5

In Cincinnati: 2-1

Winning Streak: 4

Last Meeting: 72-70 2 OT, March 8, 2012

Spread: Cincinnati by 3.5

Minutes

  • Sean Kilpatrick 35.3
  • JaQuon Parker 30.8
  • Cashmere Wright 30.5
  • Titus Rubles 23.4
  • Cheikh Mbodj 21.7

Scoring

  • Sean Kilpatrick 17.6
  • Cashmere Wright 12.6
  • JaQuon Parker 9.9
  • Titus Rubles 5.6
  • Cheikh Mbodj 5.4

Field Goal % (Min 15 attempts)

  • Cheikh Mbodj 46
  • Justin Jackson 42
  • JaQuon Parker 42
  • Sean Kilpatrick 40
  • Shaq Thomas 39.1

Free Throw % (Minimum 15 attempts)

  • Cashmere Wright 85
  • Sean Kilpatrick 75.8
  • Titus Rubles 72.3
  • Cheikh Mbodj 70.4
  • Justin Jackson 63.2

3 Pointers Made (3 point %)

  • Sean Kilpatrick 34 (32.1%)
  • Cashmere Wright 19 (26.8%)
  • JaQuon Parker 14 (40%)
  • Jermaine Sanders 8 (33.3%)
  • Titus Rubles 3 (18.8%)

Rebounding

  • Titus Rubles 5.8
  • JaQuon Parker 4.9
  • Sean Kilpatrick 4.7
  • Justin Jackson 4.4
  • Cheikh Mbodj 4

Assists

  • Cashmere Wright 35
  • Titus Rubles 26
  • JaQuon Parker 19
  • Sean Kilpatrick 18
  • Justin Jackson 16

Turnovers

  • JaQuon Parker 28
  • Sean Kilpatrick 24
  • Cashmere Wright 19
  • Titus Rubles 18
  • Justin Jackson 18

Steals

  • Cashmere Wright 15
  • Sean Kilpatrick 11
  • Titus Rubles 9
  • JaQuon Parker 6
  • Justin Jackson 5

Blocks

  • Cheikh Mbodj 28
  • Justin Jackson 13
  • David Nyarsuk 9
  • Sean Kilpatrick 4
  • Kelvin Gaines 4

Record: 18-4, 8-3

Road/Neutral: 5-3

RPI: 19

Rank: 15 in both

Minutes

  • Markel Starks 36.4
  • Otto Porter 35.1
  • Nate Lubick 29.1
  • Jabrill Trawick 26.9
  • D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 25.9

Scoring

  • Otto Porter 17.2
  • Markel Starks 13.6
  • D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 8.5
  • Nat Lubick 7.6
  • Jabril Trawick 4.9

FG %

  • Nate Lubick 63.6
  • Otto Porter 50
  • Markel Starks 44.4
  • Mikael Hopkins 40.8
  • Jabril Trawick 39

FT %

  • Otto Porter 79.3
  • Markel Starks 71.4
  • D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 70
  • Jabril Trawick 69.6
  • Nate Lubick 63.6

3 Pointers Made (3 Pt %)

  • Markel Starks 23 (41.1%)
  • Otto Porters 17 (44.7%)
  • D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 10 (24.4%)
  • Jabril Trawick 6 (30%)
  • Aaron Bowen 3 (27.3%)

Rebounding

  • Otto Porter 8.1
  • Nate Lubick 5.3
  • D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 4.1
  • Jabril Trawick 3
  • Markel Starks 2.4

Assists

  • Markel Starks 36
  • Nate Lubick 28
  • Jabril Trawick 25
  • Otto Porter 21
  • D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 21

Turnovers

  • Otto Porter 25
  • Markel Starks 22
  • Nate Lubick 20
  • Mikael Hopkins 19
  • Jabril Trawick 19

Steals

  • Otto Porter 17
  • Markel Starks 17
  • Jabril Trawick 12
  • D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 10
  • Mikael Hopkins 7

Blocks

  • Mikael Hopkins 16
  • Nate Lubick 9
  • Otto Porter 7

Cashmere Wright needs 1 steal to break a tie and become the all time steals leader. 

Cash is also going to tie Keith Gregor for 5th in games played at 131. He's going to be 4th in games started. 

Georgetown and Cincinnati are 2 of the slowest paced teams in the Big East. The Hoyas play 61 possessions, UC plays 63. 

The Hoyas are averaging 1.02 points per possessions and giving up 0.93. The offense is middle the pack. The defense is the 3rd best. Cincinnati is not quite as efficient, 1 ppp, or stingy, 0.95. 

The Hoyas are the best team from the floor at 45.6%. They lead the Big East in effective field goal %. They share the lead in true shooting percentage. They can shoot the basketball. 

The Hoyas have the best field goal percentage defense at 38.1%, the best effective field goal % at 42.8% and the best true shooting % at 47.2%. 

What the Hoyas don't do is get to the line a lot, middle of the pack. They make around 68%, which is not that good. 

The Cats should get to the line against Georgetown. 

Georgetown has the 3rd fewest 3 point attempts in the league. They get the right guys shots because they make the 3rd best percentage. 

The Hoyas give up the 3rd fewest 3 point attempts and the 3rd lowest percentage. That's rather odd. 

Cincinnati rebounds the ball better offensively and defensively than the Hoyas. Georgetown is 5th in defensive rebound percentages at 67.6%. 

The Hoyas assist on 65% of their baskets. That's right up there with Notre Dame. 

What the Hoyas do a lot, is turn the ball over. they turn it over on 22% of possessions. Cincinnati is only forcing them on 18.5% of possessions, but they have been better lately. The Bearcats pressure defense has given Georgetown fits the last 2 seasons.

Georgetown gets steals on 10.3% of possessions. Cincinnati's opponents have only recorded steals on 8.3%, second lowest in the league. 

We've seen Ge'Lawn Guyn and Jermaine Sanders play well on this home stand. They have to keep it up. They can do it. 

I really hope this is the game that Cashmere Wright gets it going. This is going to be a tight game. It's going to be a matter of possessions. He's got to break the cold streak sometime. Why not tonight? I believe in you, Cash. 

If you aren't excited for this game, I don't want to know you. 

Cincinnati 61 Georgetown 56

Scott

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I write Bearcats Blog and also on the Student Section.

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