#21 Connecticut vs. #13 Cincinnati

The best college basketball game of Friday night is the #21 Connecticut Huskies facing the #13 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats in the American Athletic Conference semi finals.

 

Connecticut vs. Cincinnati Preview

cincinnati vs connecticutThe 25-7 Huskies are coming off a 72-53 win over the Memphis Tigers. The 27-5 Bearcats are coming off a 61-58 win over the UCF Knights.

The Huskies are lead by senior Shabazz Napier and junior DeAndre Daniels. Napier is averaging 17.6 points, 6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Daniels is averaging 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

The Bearcats are lead by seniors Sean Kilpatrick and Justin Jackson. Kilpatrick is averaging 20.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Jackson is averaging 11.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.9 blocks per game.

 

Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2

 

Key injuries

For Connecticut:

Nobody currently injured.

For Cincinnati:

Jamaree Strickland out (eligibility).

 

How Connecticut Wins

The Huskies need to be able to score a lot of points if they want to win the game. They rank 27th in the nation in point differential as the outscore their opponents by an average of 9.5 points per game. Connecticut needs to also box out and grab the rebound as they rank 116th in the nation in rebounding at 35.6 per game. They also need to keep blocking shots as they are one of the best in the country. They rank 8th in blocks with 6.1 per game.

 

How Cincinnati Wins

Cincinnati wins the game if the play their tough defense. They rank 5th in the nation in opponent scoring. They only give up an average of 58.3 points per game. The Bearcats need to find a wat to score as they rank 207th in the nation in scoring with only 69.1 points per game. The Bearcats also need to grab rebounds. They rank 78th in the country in rebounding at 36.3 per game.

 

My Prediction

Cincinnati wants to keep this game as a low scoring defensive game. On the other side Connecticut wants to make the game a higher scoring game with good defensive stops. Whichever team plays to their style will most likely win the game.

I think this game is a low scoring game like Cincinnati wants. I think that the game is close throughout but Cincinnati pulls away late to advance to the conference finals.

Final Score

Cincinnati: 65
Connecticut: 59

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