A deeper analysis into the numbers show how the game was lost for the Blue Demons.
The statistics were close for both teams, but the key to the game was the Bearcats ability to punish DePaul on the boards. The rebounding factor played a huge role in the game because Cincinnati was able to create second-chance opportunities on offense countless times. In the end, that turned out to be the difference in the ballgame.
The offensive efficiency ratings for both teams were average. There are a number of reasons for this. First, neither team shot the ball particularly well, with both the Bearcats and the Blue Demons sporting field-goal percentages below 46% for the game. Second, neither team took care of the basketball (13 turnovers each). Third and finally, neither team shot well from the free-throw line. DePaul shot 69% from the charity stripe, compared to 65% for Cincinnati. All these factors add up to fairly inefficient performances offensively for both teams.
The effective field-goal percentages were nearly identical for both the Bearcats and the Blue Demons. Even though DePaul shot a better percentage from the field (45.7%) compared to Cincinnati (40%), the reason why the Bearcats had a comparable eFG% was due to the fact they shot well from three-point range. For the contest, Cincinnati went 8-16 (50%) from beyond the arc, while DePaul went 4-16 (25%). Needless to say, an impressive sharpshooting display from the Bearcats is a reason why their eFG% is nearly as good as the Blue Demons' eFG%.
The offensive rebounding percentage saw a great differential between Cincinnati and DePaul. The main reason for the wide disparity statistically is the fact the Bearcats were able to amass a 13-4 advantage on the offensive boards. For the game, Cincinnati held a comfortable margin in the rebounding totals as well (35-20). As previously mentioned, there's no doubt that the Bearcats ability to out-rebound the Blue Demons on the offensive glass (and overall) played a major role in their victory.
The free-throw rate was in Cincinnati's favor but the Bearcats were unable to take advantage, shooting 65% (13-20) from the line. DePaul didn't fare much better, connecting on 69% (9-13) of its free-throws. Even though Cincinnati was able to ice the game from the line, free-throws didn't play a big factor during the game.
DePaul's next game comes against South Florida on Tuesday, January 20th at the Sun Dome in Tampa. This will be the sixth Big East conference game for both teams.