UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI MEN'S BASKETBALL 2013-14 POSTGAME NOTES No. 13/15 Cincinnati (21-2, 10-0 American) 50, USF (11-11, 2-7 American) 45 February 2, 2014 // Fifth Third Arena // Cincinnati, Ohio // Attendance: 10,367
The Bearcats defeated USF for the third straight time and now lead the overall series, 26-8. UC also has also won 15-of-16 games in Cincinnati. The Bearcats improve to 11-0 all-time against the Bulls at Fifth Third Arena.
UC continues its best start under Cronin, both overall (21-2) and in conference play (10-0).
It is the best start for the Bearcats since the 2001-02 squad began 26-2 before finishing 31-4 overall, setting a school record for wins.
The 10-0 mark in conference play is the best start in league action since the 1999-2000 team went a perfect 16-0 in Conference USA.
Cincinnati has now won 14-straight games, tying Saint Louis for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. The Bearcats and Billikens trail only Wichita State (23), Syracuse (21), San Diego State (18) and Stephen F. Austin (17).
The Bearcats are one of nine teams in the country with two or fewer losses (Arizona, Syracuse, Wichita State, San Diego State, Florida, Saint Louis, Stephen F. Austin and Villanova).
Cincinnati's 14-game winning streak is its longest since the 2010-11 team won its first 15 games.
The victory improves UC to 15-0 at Fifth Third Arena on the year and ties the arena record for consecutive home wins to start a season.
USF didn't connect from the field until the 14:59 mark of the first half. Coupled with UC not allowing a field goal in the final 5:01 of their last contest, a 69-66 win at No. 12/7 Louisville, the Bearcats did not allow a field goal for 10 minutes and two seconds of basketball.
UC used a 9-0 run to build an early 11-2 lead (17:17-15:16). It marked the 31st run of at least 8-0 for the Bearcats this season.
The 18 points UC held USF to in the first half marked the lowest first-half output by an opponent on the season. It was also the second-lowest total in any half, trailing only USC Upstate's 16-point second half on Dec. 3. The 18 points was also the lowest total scored by USF in any half this season.
The Bulls used an 8-0 run midway through the second half (11:32-7:59) to turn a three-point UC lead into a three-point USF lead. It marked just the 13th run of at least 8-0 by a UC opponent this season.
In holding USF to 45 points, it marks the fifth time this season UC held an opponent below the 50 point mark.
Cincinnati was 12-13 from the free throw line, led by Kilpatrick hitting on all six attempts. Coupled with a 17-18 performance from the line at No. 12/7 Louisville on Jan. 30, UC has now connected on 29 of its last 31 attempts from the foul stripe. The Bearcats are now shooting 71.8-percent from the charity stripe, second in the American Athletic Conference.
The Bearcats improved to 18-0 when they lead at the half.
In holding USF to 38.8-percent from the floor, Cincinnati has held its opponent below 50-percent shooting in all 21 victories.
With USF outshooting UC from the floor (.388-.333), it marked just the seventh time this season the Bearcats posted a lower shooting percentage than their opponents. UC is 5-2 in those games.
Cincinnati improved to 2-0 on Sundays.
With 18 points, Kilpatrick now has 1,891 in his career. The senior passed both Danny Forston (1,881 points) and Deonta Vaughn (1,885 points) to become the program's third all-time leading scorer. Kilpatrick trails only the legendary Oscar Robertson (2,973 points) and Steve Logan (1,985 points).
Kilpatrick ranks third in career three-pointers made with 280 after connecting for a pair against USF. He trails only Vaughn (313) and Darnell Burton (306) in that category.
Kilpatrick also played in his 129th game in the red and black. He is now tied for eighth all-time in games played with Bobby Brannen, Leonard Stokes, Jason Maxiell and Deonta Vaughn. Cashmere Wright is the program's leader in games played at 139.
In playing 129 consecutive games, Kilpatrick is now tied for second all-time in that category with Jason Maxiell. Kilpatrick can take over the lead in that category against Houston on Feb. 15.
In shooting 6 of 6 from the line, Kilpatrick has now made 20 consecutive foul shots. That eclipses his previous long streak of 18, which was keyed by a 16-for-16 performance versus Iowa State on Nov. 23, 2012.
With three blocks, Jackson has accumulated 195 rejections in his career. He ranks fourth all-time behind Kenyon Martin (292), Erick Hicks (256) and Jason Maxiell (252). Jackson also now has 76 for the season, a total which is just two shy of the program's top-six. Eric Hicks holds the UC record for blocks in a season at 113.
Guyn has now made multiple three-pointers in three of the last five games, including the last two in a row. Guyn has connected from beyond the arc at least once in seven of 10 conference games.
Rubles has now grabbed at least six rebounds in 11 of the last 13 contests.