The Week Ahead: Big Monday Brings Sellout Crowd, National Audience

Jan. 23, 2012

By Lindsay Brash

The men’s basketball team welcomes No. 1 Syracuse on Big Monday, while tennis hosts their first home contest of the season. Here’s what you can expect this week.

  • Competing in their first Big Monday contest, the men’s basketball team battles No. 1 Syracuse for supremacy in the BIG EAST. The sold out game tips off at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena. The game is tabbed as a “white out”, with fans attending encouraged to wear white. Fans not attending can watch the Bearcats on ESPN or radio 700 WLW. The Bearcats hit the road on Saturday, traveling to Piscataway, N.J. to take on Rutgers. Tip off is 6 p.m. with coverage on Fox Sports Ohio and radio 700 WLW.
  • Women’s basketball is on the road this week, heading to Villanova and Syracuse. The team will look for their first BIG EAST win on Tuesday in Villanova, Pa. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Bearcats head out on the road again on Saturday for a contest in Syracuse, N.Y. Tip off is at 4 p.m.
  • The tennis team hosts their first home contest of the season on Friday, as they host Bowling Green. The Bearcats are looking for their first win of the season. The meet starts at 6 p.m. at Western Tennis and Fitness Club.
  • The track and field team makes the trek south to Lexington, Ky. for the Rod McCravy Open at E.J. Nutter Field House. The meet hosted by the University of Kentucky starts on Friday with conclusion on Saturday.
  • The swimming and diving team follows the path of the track team, as they too battle Kentucky on Saturday. The team looks to capitalize on their second and third place finishes from last week. The meet kicks off at 10 a.m. in Lexington, Ky.

This Weeks Schedule
Men’s Basketball

  • 7 p.m., Monday: UC vs. Syracuse, Fifth Third Arena, ESPN
  • 6 p.m., Saturday: UC at Rutgers, Piscataway, N.J., FOX Sports Ohio

Women’s Basketball

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday: UC at Villanova, Villanova, Pa.
  • 4 p.m., Saturday: UC at Syracuse, Syracuse, N.Y.


  • 6 p.m., Friday: UC vs. Bowling Green, Western Tennis and Fitness Club

Track and Field

  • All day, Friday: UC at Rod McCravy Open, Lexington, Ky.
  • All day, Saturday: UC at Rod McCravy Open, Lexington, Ky.

Swimming and Diving

  • 10 a.m., Saturday: UC at Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.

Results from last week:

  • The men’s basketball team beat UConn, 70-67 in a thrilling final three seconds of the game. With the score tied 67-67 with just under three seconds left, Sean Kilpatrick nailed a 3-point shot to give the Bearcats the win. Kilpatrick’s heroics showed throughout the game as he led the team with 16 points. Four other players scored in double-digits, Cashmere Wright and Yancy Gates posted 13 points each, while Dion Dixon and JaQuon Parker each scored 12 points.  The Bearcats traveled to West Virginia on Saturday, where the team lost 77-74 in overtime. In overtime, JaQuon Parker closed the deficit to one with a tip-in at 56 seconds left. Cashmere Wright posted 17 points to lead the Bearcats.
  • Looking for its first BIG EAST win, the women’s basketball team came up short, losing 80-37 against No. 3 UConn. Dayeesha Hollins led all players with a game-high 18 points, 15 posted in the first half alone. The Bearcats led on fast break points 13-2.  The team tried to rebound on Saturday, but couldn’t overcome St. John's, as they lost 51-34. Despite fouling out, Jeanise Randolph led the Bearcats by tying her season-high with 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. 
  • The swimming and diving team competed at the Oakland Quad Meet, where the women placed second and the men third. The women’s 200-yard medley team started the meet off in winning fashion by recording a 1:47.06 time for the win. On the men’s side, Ryan Slavik won the 3-meter dive.
  • The tennis team lost 7-0 to BIG EAST foe No. 20 Notre Dame in its season opener. At the No. 1 position, Jasmine Lee lost 6-0,6-2, while Kristina Georgieva fell 6-2,6-3. In the doubles department, Ashleigh Witte/Lee, Safiyya Ismil/ Sierra Sullivan and Carly Wilson/Georgieva all took losses.  UC then fell, 6-1, at Miami (OH) on Sunday at the Riverside Racquet Club. Witte was the lone winner for the Bearcats, posting a 7-5, 6-4 victory.