#22 Connecticut vs. #7 Cincinnati

The best college basketball game of Thursday night is the #22 ranked Connecticut Huskies traveling to Cincinnati to face the #7 Bearcats.

 

Connecticut @ Cincinnati Preview

connecticut vs cincinnatiThe 17-4 Huskies are coming off a 80-43 win over the Houston Cougars. The 21-2 Bearcats are coming off a 50-45 win over the South Florida Bulls.

The Huskies are lead by senior Shabazz Napier and junior DeAndre Daniels. Napier is averaging 17.9 points, 6 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Daniels is averaging 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

The Bearcats are lead by seniors Sean Kilpatrick and Justin Jackson. Kilpatrick is averaging 19.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Jackson is averaging 11.3 points, 7 rebounds, 1.8 assist, 1.8 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.

 

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Connecticut:

DeAndre Daniels probable (ankle).

For Cincinnati:

Jamaree Strickland out (eligibility), Jermaine Lawrence probable (toe).

 

How Connecticut Wins

The Huskies need to be able to score a lot of points if they want to win the game. They rank 25th in the nation in point differential as the outscore their opponents by an average of 11.2 points per game. Connecticut needs to also box out and grab the rebound as they rank 90th in the nation in rebounding at 36.7 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 6.5 per game.

 

How Cincinnati Wins

Cincinnati wins the game if the play their tough defense. They rank 3rd in the nation in opponent scoring. They only give up an average of 56.7 points per game. The Bearcats need to be able to score a lot of points because they rank 187th in the nation in scoring with only 70.2 points per game. The Bearcats also need to grab rebounds. They rank 83rd in the country in rebounding at 36.8 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 Cincinnati plays to their style and makes this game a low scoring game. The Bearcats use their home court advantage to help them get the win over Connecticut.

Final Score

Cincinnati: 67
Connecticut: 62

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