BIG EAST Football Showdown, Basketball Openers On Tap


Athletics News |

Nov. 6, 2011

By Lindsay Brash

Football is primed for national TV, while men's and women’s basketball kick off the season. Here’s what’s on tap for the Bearcats this week:

  • Head Coach Mick Cronin and the men’s basketball team play their final exhibition game on Tuesday at Fifth Third Arena. They welcome Northern Kentucky University to campus for a 7 p.m. ET tip off. A free live stream of the game is available on  The Bearcats return to campus on Sunday to open the regular season. The team will battle Alabama State at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports Ohio.
  • Women’s volleyball looks to keep its seven-game win streak alive as it travels to Washington, D.C. and Villanova, Pa. The final road trip for the Bearcats has them taking on Georgetown on Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET. They will then travel to Villanova to close out the trip, with a game time of 2 p.m. ET, on Sunday.
  • The swimming and diving team heads to the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. for their first of two meets this week. The men’s team looks to bounce back from their loss against Xavier, while the women hope to capitalize on their win. The meet will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Friday. The team will then travel to Morgantown, W.Va. for a 1 p.m. ET meet, on Saturday against BIG EAST rivals West Virginia and Villanova.
  • Women’s basketball opens the regular season on Friday, when they host IPFW at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats are coming off of a 72-66 exhibition win against NKU. The game is set for a 7 p.m. ET tip off. Fans are encouraged to take part in the 11-11-11 deal, where they can purchase 11 tickets for only $11.
  • Coming off a nail-biting win against Pittsburgh, the football team looks to stay undefeated in the BIG EAST as they welcome West Virginia University to Paul Brown Stadium. The game is set for 12 p.m. ET on Saturday and will be televised on ABC. Radio station 700 WLW will also have the call. The Bearcats are currently ranked No. 23/18 in the country.
  • The cross-country team heads to Toledo, Ohio for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. BIG EAST Champion Eric Finan will look to capture his second straight regional crown and qualify for the NCAA Championships. The meet will take place on Saturday.

This Week's Schedule
Men’s Basketball

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday: UC vs. NKU, Fifth Third Arena
  • 7 p.m., Sunday: UC vs. Alabama State, Fifth Third Arena


  • 12:30 p.m., Friday: UC at Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
  • 2 p.m., Sunday: UC at Villanova, Villanova, Pa.

Swimming and Diving

  • 5 p.m., Friday: UC at Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 1 p.m., Saturday: UC vs. WVU and Villanova, Morgantown, W.Va.

Women’s Basketball

  • 7 p.m., Friday: UC vs. IPFW, Fifth Third Arena


  • 12 p.m., Saturday: UC vs. WVU, Paul Brown Stadium, ABC and 700 WLW

Cross Country

  • All day, Saturday: UC at NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Toledo, Ohio

In case you missed it:

  • The men’s basketball team defeated McGill University 75-41 in their first of two exhibition games of the 2011 season. Three players finished the game in double-digits, with Dion Dixon leading the charge with 20 points, while Yancy Gates and Cashmere Wright finished with 19 and 14 points, respectively.
  • The women’s basketball team beat NKU, 72-66 on Saturday in exhibition play. Sophomore Dayeesha Hollins led the team with 18 points while Jeanise Randolf was one rebound short of a double double, posting 15 points and nine rebounds.
  • The volleyball team did it again, extending its home win streak to 48 as they beat BIG EAST rivals Marquette and Syracuse. The Bearcats handed Marquette their first conference loss of the season with sets of 25-13, 21-25, 25-18, and 25-17 for a 3-1 victory.  The team carried that confidence into Sunday when they defeated Syracuse in three straight sets. Missy Harpenau recorded a double double with 13 kills and 11 digs. They now have a record of 20-8, 10-2 BE.
  • The football team remains undefeated in the BIG EAST after a 26-23 nail-biting win at Pittsburgh. The Bearcats came back from a 10-point deficit to beat the Panthers with a field goal by Tony Millano. Millano kicked four field goals for the team and quarterback Zach Collaros ran for two touchdowns. After the win, the team moved into the top 20 in the USA Today Coaches poll, at No. 18. The team stayed at No. 23 in the AP Poll.  UC is No. 23 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings.  The Bearcats are now 7-1, 3-0 BE.