Basketball is back, as both men's and women's team's host exhibition games this week. Here's what's on this week's schedule:
The men's basketball team hosts McGill University on Tuesday at Fifth Third Arena, in their first of two exhibition games. This season, the Bearcats look to capitalize on their second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. The team enters the season ranked No. 21 in the Preseason AP Poll and No. 22 in the Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. Tip off for the game is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Women's basketball plays their only exhibition game on Saturday, when they host Northern Kentucky. The game is at 7:00 p.m. ET at Fifth Third Arena. The team returns sophomores, Kayla Cook and Jeanise Randolph, whom finished last season on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team. The Bearcats are picked to finish 15th in the BIG EAST preseason poll.
Volleyball looks to win their sixth and seventh straight games, along with continuing their 46-game home win streak as they host Marquette and Syracuse. The Bearcats welcome Marquette on Saturday and Syracuse on Sunday. Both games are set for 2:00 p.m. ET at Fifth Third Arena. The games are part of volleyball's social media weekend. Fans are encouraged to go Facebook and print off a coupon that will get them into either game for just $11. On Sunday, the first 100 fans in the door will receive a white UC shirt; all fans are encouraged to wear white for the game, which is tapped for a White Out.
After a week off, the football team travels to Pittsburgh, Pa. to battle the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field. The Bearcats, who are ranked No. 22/23 in the country, look to stay undefeated in the BIG EAST, when they battle the Panthers at 7:00 p.m. ET. Fans not traveling to the game can watch it on ESPN U, along with listen to it on 700 WLW.
This Week's Schedule: Men's Basketball
7 p.m., Tuesday: UC vs. McGill University, Fifth Third Arena
7 p.m., Saturday: UC vs. Northern Kentucky University, Fifth Third Arena
2 p.m., Saturday: UC vs. Marquette, Fifth Third Arena Social Media Weekend
2 p.m., Sunday: UC vs. Syracuse, Fifth Third Arena, Social Media Weekend & White Out
7 p.m., Saturday: UC at Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. ESPN U and 700 WLW
Results from Last Week:
Women's golf shot a season-best round of 298 to close out the season with a sixth place finish at the Pat Bradley Invitational. Andrea Malek shot a career-low 67 to lead the Bearcats to rounds of 313-298-305=916. Malek finished the tournament in second-place, while Olivia Dose fired rounds of 78-76-79=233 to place tied for 26th. http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/w-golf/recaps/102511aaa.html
Volleyball extended their home win streak to 46 as they downed cross-town rival Xavier 3-1 at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats recorded 71 digs in the match, as they posted sets of 22-25, 25-23, 25-18, and 25-20. http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/102511aaa.html
The team carried the momentum to USF on Sunday, where they beat the Bulls 3-1 for their fifth straight win. The Bearcats were led by Jordanne Scott, who posted 22 kills and recorded a .415 hitting percentage. The team is 18-8, 8-2 BE for the season. http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/103011aab.html
Men's soccer lost 3-0 to No. 6/7 USF on Wednesday in their last road game of the season. The team outshot the Bulls 9-8 and goalie Taylor Hafling made three saves in the match. The loss eliminated the Bearcats from the post-season. http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/102611aaa.html
The Bearcats returned home on Saturday for Senior Night, where the team finished the season on a high note with a 1-0 win against No. 18/11 St. Johns. Freshman Ashani Walker scored his first career-goal on a cross from Cole DeNormandie. The Bearcats finished the season 6-11-1, 2-7-0 BE. http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/102911aaa.html
David Tepe helped lead the men's golf team to a 12th place finish at the Cabo Collegiate Invitational. Tepe fired 2-over par 73 in his final round to finish tied for 25th place with rounds of 73-75-73=221. The team had rounds of 312-310-312=934 in the final tournament of the fall season. http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-golf/recaps/102911aaa.html
Senior cross-country runner Eric Finan is the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Men's Cross Country Champion, after he finished the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships with a time of 23:17.07. Finan is the first Bearcat to win the BIG EAST individual cross-country championship. The men's team finished eighth at the meet with 218 points, while the women's team finished with 342 points for 12th place. http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/c-xc/recaps/102911aab.html
Football had a bye week. The team moved up in the rankings to No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.