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Cincinnati Bearcats vs Connecticut Huskies Preview

Tonight is definitely the biggest test of the home season, as Cincinnati takes on new permanent rival UConn. I'm not sure who will be the rivals in the new American. UC-Memphis seems natural with history. UC-UConn have played quite a bit. UConn-Memphis are always good. Maybe a three headed rivalry. Back to UConn.

The Huskies have bounced back from their very slow start in the league by winning 5 of 6. The only loss was to Louisville. UConn has been crushing the bottom of the league since then, winning by 24, 11 and 37 over Temple, Rutgers and Houston respectively.

There are only 4 home games left. I hope 5/3 is rowdy tonight. The boys deserve it.

Game Time: 7 pm

TV: ESPN

History: Connecticut 8-4

Streak: Cincinnati – 1

In Cincinnati: Connecticut 4-1

Last Meeting: Cincinnati 61-56, March 2, 2013

Cronin Vs: 4-7

Home Winning Streak: 17

Sean Kilpatrick's Race for 1,900 (Points Needed): 9

Sean Kilpatrick 300 3 Countdown: 20

Kilpatrick's Race for Logan's 1,985: 94

Sean Kilpatrick will tie for 7th in career games played and pass Jason Maxiell for the second most consecutive games played at 130.

Record: 21-2, 10-0

Coach: Mick Cronin 156-102 (224-126)

Rank: 7/7

Minutes

  1. Sean Kilpatrick 35.4
  2. Titus Rubles 29.5
  3. Justin Jackson 28.1
  4. Shaquille Thomas 25.5
  5. Jermaine Sanders 24

Points

  1. Sean Kilpatrick 19.9
  2. Justin Jackson 11.1
  3. Shaquille Thomas 7.9
  4. Titus Rubles 6.8
  5. Jermaine Sanders 6.5

Field Goals Made

  1. Sean Kilpatrick 60
  2. Justin Jackson 44
  3. Shaquille Thomas 27
  4. Titus Rubles 22
  5. Jermaine Sanders 22

Field Goals Attempted

  1. Sean Kilpatrick 153
  2. Justin Jackson 74
  3. Shaquille Thomas 58
  4. Titus Rubles 52
  5. Troy Caupain 50

Field Goal Percentage

  1. Justin Jackson 59.5
  2. Jermaine Sanders 46.8
  3. Shaquille Thomas 46.6
  4. Titus Rubles 42.3
  5. Sean Kilpatrick 39.2

Free Throws Made

  1. Sean Kilpatrick 54
  2. Titus Rubles 24
  3. Shaquille Thomas 23
  4. Justin Jackson 23
  5. Troy Caupain 12

Free Throws Attempted

  1. Sean Kilpatrick 62
  2. Justin Jackson 45
  3. Shaquille Thomas 32
  4. Titus Rubles 32
  5. Troy Caupain 18

Free Throw Percentage

  1. Kevin Johnson 100 (10-10)
  2. Sean Kilpatrick 87.1
  3. Titus Rubles 75
  4. Shaquille Thomas 72
  5. Jermaine Sanders 71.4

3 Pointers Made

  1. Sean Kilpatrick 25
  2. Jermaine Sanders 11
  3. Ge'Lawn Guyn 11
  4. Troy Caupain 7
  5. Kevin Johnson 3
  6. Shaquille Thomas 2

3 Pointers Attempted

  1. Sean Kilpatrick 84
  2. Ge'Lawn Guyn 33
  3. Jermaine Sanders 27
  4. Troy Caupain 21
  5. Kevin Johnson 9
  6. Shaquille Thomas 6

3 Point Percentage

  1. Jermaine Sanders 40.7
  2. Troy Caupain 33.3
  3. Ge'Lawn Guyn 33.3
  4. Sean Kilpatrick 29.8

Rebounds – Total

  1. Titus Rubles 73
  2. Justin Jackson 59
  3. Sean Kilpatrick 40
  4. Shaquille Thomas 36
  5. Jermaine Sanders 28

Rebounds – Offensive

  1. Titus Rubles 26
  2. Justin Jackson 23
  3. Shaquille Thomas 14
  4. Sean Kilpatrick 10
  5. Ge'Lawn Guyn 5
  6. David Nyarsuk 5
  7. Kevin Johnson 5

Assists

  1. Troy Caupain 28
  2. Titus Rubles 27
  3. Justin Jackson 22
  4. Sean Kilpatrick 19
  5. Shaquille Thomas 12

Turnovers

  1. Justin Jackson 22
  2. Titus Rubles 21
  3. Sean Kilpatrick 21
  4. Troy Caupain 12
  5. Shaquille Thomas 11

Steals

  1. Justin Jackson 21
  2. Sean Kilpatrick 16
  3. Ge'Lawn Guyn 10
  4. Troy Caupain 9
  5. Titus Rubles 9

Blocks

  1. Justin Jackson 35
  2. Titus Rubles 11
  3. David Nyarsuk 8
  4. Jermaine Sanders 5

Record: 17-4, 5-3

Coach: Kevin Ollie 34-17

Rank: 22/—

Minutes

  1. Shabazz Napier 34.3
  2. Ryan Boatright 33.2
  3. DeAndre Daniels 31.8
  4. Lasan Kromah 25.3
  5. Niels Giffey 21.9

Points

  1. Shabazz Napier 20.9
  2. DeAndre Daniels 15.5
  3. Ryan Boatright 12.8
  4. Lasan Kromah 8
  5. Niels Giffey 6.7

Field Goals Made

  1. Shabazz Napier 41
  2. DeAndre Daniels 31
  3. Ryan Boatright 27
  4. Niels Giffey 18
  5. Lasan Kromah 18

Field Goals Attempted

  1. Shabazz Napier 92
  2. DeAndre Daniels 73
  3. Ryan Boatright 65
  4. Lasan Kromah 43
  5. Amida Brimah 34

Field Goal Percentage

  1. Amida Brimah 64
  2. Phillip Nolan 57.1
  3. Niels Giffey 53
  4. Shabazz Napier 44.6
  5. DeAndre Daniels 42.5

Free Throws Made

  1. Shabazz Napier 48
  2. DeAndre Daniels 16
  3. Ryan Boatright 15
  4. Lasan Kromah 15
  5. Amida Brimah 9

Free Throws Attempted

  1. Shabazz Napier 52
  2. DeAndre Daniels 23
  3. Lasan Kromah 21
  4. Ryan Boatright 17
  5. Amida Brimah 12

Free Throw Percentage

  1. Shabazz Napier 92.3
  2. Ryan Boatright 88.2
  3. Amida Brimah 75 (9-12)
  4. Lasan Kromah 71.4
  5. DeAndre Daniels 69.6

3 Pointers Made

  1. Shabazz Napier 16
  2. DeAndre Daniels 15
  3. Ryan Boatright 8
  4. Niels Giffey 6
  5. Lasan Kromah 5

3 Pointers Attempted

  1. Shabazz Napier 43
  2. DeAndre Daniels 27
  3. Ryan Boatright 23
  4. Niels Giffey 16
  5. Lasan Kromah 14

3 Point Percentage

  1. DeAndre Daniels 55.6
  2. Niels Giffey 37.5
  3. Shabazz Napier 37.2
  4. Lasan Kromah 35.7
  5. Ryan Boatright 34.8

Rebounds -Total

  1. DeAndre Daniels 44
  2. Shabazz Napier 41
  3. Niels Giffey 29
  4. Amida Brimah 26
  5. Lasan Kromah 25

Rebounds – Offensive

  1. DeAndre Daniels 13
  2. Amida Brimah 13
  3. Shabazz Napier 10
  4. Niels Giffey 9
  5. Phillip Nolan 8

Assists

  1. Shabazz Napier 41
  2. Ryan Boatright 26
  3. Lasan Kromah 11
  4. Niels Giffey 7
  5. Terrence Samuel 4

Turnovers

  1. Shabazz Napier 18
  2. Ryan Boatright 11
  3. DeAndre Daniels 11
  4. Lasan Kromah 9
  5. Omar Calhoun 8

Steals

  1. Shabazz Napier 11
  2. Ryan Boatright 11
  3. Niels Giffey 7
  4. DeAndre Daniels 6
  5. Lasan Kromah 5

Blocks

  1. Amida Brimah 17
  2. DeAndre Daniels 10
  3. Lasan Kromah 5
  4. Niels Giffey 5

PAW POINTS

Jermaine Lawrence is expected back from injury tonight.

These are the slowest paced teams in the league at 58 possessions, UConn, and 63 possessions, UC.

Thanks to their recent maulings, UConn leads the league with 1.33 points per possession. UC is down at fifth with 1.05. UConn is the most efficient team in the league with a 133.1 efficiency. UC is still fifth at 105.2.

Defensively things change. UC is first at 0.9 ppp, UConn is 8th at 1.16. UConn's opponents are posting efficiencies of 115.9, which has UConn 9th. UC is the stingiest defense at 90.5.

The Huskies are more efficient, so of course that means they shoot better. They lead the league in true shooting (weighs 3s and FTs) and are third in effective FG % (weighs 3s).

Only SMU gets to the line more in conference play than Cincinnati. UConn's rate is down with Houston and Temple. Cincinnati gives up the lowest FT rate, while UConn has the 4th lowest. In terms of overall fouls, these teams rank at the bottom.

UConn shoots the third best percentage from 3 at 38.4%. Both 3 point defenses have been great. UC's opponents hit 29.4%, UConn 29.7%.

The Huskies have the second best offensive rebound percentage at 37.3. UC is at 34.4%. Neither team has defensive rebounded well.

Connecticut turns the ball over the second lowest amount in the conference at 16.1%. The Huskies don't turn the ball over or force turnovers. UC forces the third highest percentage at 21.9.

These are the best teams in the league at blocking shots. UC blocks 6.5 per game, UConn 5.9. The Bearcats block 12.1%, the Huskies, 11.3%.

The Bearcats are second in steal percentage at 12.8%.

UConn's margins the past 5 games have been 23, 10, 12, 24, 11 and 37. Not a lot of nail biters.

UC's margins have been 7, 18, 4, 3 and 5.

This is a biggie. If you can't get up for the game tonight, watch the end of the Louisville game as some sort of college basketball Viagra.

I know that I picked UConn to beat Cincinnati when I forecasted the schedule. Like a weather reporter, I reserve the right to change my prediction with the new wave of information.

Cincinnati 65 Connecticut 58

Scott

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I write Bearcats Blog and also on the Student Section.

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