Postgame Notes - No. 11/5 Louisville 58, No. 7/9 Cincinnati 57

Feb. 22, 2014

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No. 11/5 Louisville (23-4, 12-2 American) 58, No. 7/9 Cincinnati (24-4, 13-2 American) 57
February 22, 2014 // Fifth Third Arena // Cincinnati, Ohio // Attendance: 13,176 (capacity)
Series Notes
  • The game marked the 99th meeting between the long time rivals, with Louisville increasing its lead in the series to 56-43. It also cuts Cincinnati's advantage in the Queen City to 24-22.
Team Notes
  • Head coach Mick Cronin used the starting lineup of Ge'Lawn Guyn (G), Sean Kilpatrick (G), Shaquille Thomas (F), Titus Rubles (F) and Justin Jackson (F) for the 28th time in 28 games.
  • The loss snaps Cincinnati's 19 game winning streak at Fifth Third Arena. UC was 17-0 at home on the season, entering the contest.
  • Louisville's 13-0 run in the first half (12:08-4:41) marked just the 17th run of at least 8-0 by a Cincinnati opponent. The Cardinals later had an 8-0 run in the second half (14:07-12:27).
  • Cincinnati's 11-0 run late in the second half (5:04-1:40) to retake the lead was the 36th run of at least 8-0 by UC this season. The entire run was points either from Kilpatrick or Jackson.
  • Louisville's 12-point lead in the first half marked the largest deficit the Bearcats have faced at Fifth Third Arena this season.
  • With Russ Smith scoring the game-winning basket with 2.2 seconds remaining, it marks the first time an opponent has scored in the final seconds to win a game since Anthony Collins of USF made two three throws with three seconds left to hand the Bearcats a 46-45 defeat on Feb. 26, 2012.
  • It marks the first time this season the Bearcats lost a game in which they held the opponent to less than 50 percent shooting. UofL was 22-of-55 (.400) from the floor. UC had been 22-0 in games when the opponent shot less than 50 percent.
  • The sell out crowd of 13,176 marked the second consecutive sell out at Fifth Third Arena, the first time Bearcats fans have filled the building to capacity in consecutive games since 2005-06. During eight conference home games, Cincinnati is averaging 10,921 fans per contest.
  • All four of Cincinnati's losses this season have come on Saturday.
Individual Notes
  • With 28 points, Sean Kilpatrick became just the second player in Cincinnati history to eclipse 2,000 career points. Kilpatrick's 2,018 points trail only the legendary Oscar Robertson (2,973 points) on UC's all-time scoring list.
  • It marked the 16th time Kilpatrick has scored at least 20 points this season and the 104th game in which he scored in double-figures during his career. Kilpatrick has led Cincinnati in scoring in 25 of 28 games this season.
  • Kilpatrick also connected for three three-pointers, giving him 299 for his career. He trails only Deonta Vaughn (313) and Darnell Burton (306) in that category.
  • Kilpatrick played in his 134th consecutive game as a Bearcat. He holds the school record for consecutive games played and is fourth in games played behind Cashmere Wright (139), Dion Dixon (137) and Steve Logan (135). The senior also ranks second in career minutes, with his 40 tonight giving him 4,087 for his career.
  • It marked just the third game this season Justin Jackson did not record a block and the first since Jan. 26 at Temple.