Feb. 29, 2012
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2011-12 UC MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
Feb. 29, 2012
Cincinnati (21-9, 11-6 BIG EAST) 72, No. 8/7 Marquette (24-6, 13-4 BIG EAST) 61
Game 30 ▪ Fifth Third Arena ▪ Cincinnati, Ohio ▪ Att: 11,316
Cincinnati: 1 Cashmere Wright (G), 3 Dion Dixon (G), 23 Sean Kilpatrick (G), 34 Yancy Gates (F), 44 Jaquon Parker (G)
Marquette: 0 Jamil Wilson (F), 1 Darius Johnson-Odom (G), 2 Vander Blue (G), 5 Junior Cadougan (G), 32 Jae Crowder (F)
Cincinnati: Parker (28 pts., 7 reb.) | Dixon (21 pts., 4 stl.) | Gates (6 pts., 13 reb.)
Marquette: Crowder (17 pts., 12 reb.) | Johnson-Odom (18 pts., 7 reb.)
The Bearcats are 308-67 (.821) in games played in Fifth Third Arena since the building opened in 1989-90 (now in 23rd season).
Under Mick Cronin, UC is 71-31 in Fifth Third Arena (.696).
UC's win was its first against an opponent ranked in the Top 8 since a 101-80 win against No. 4 Louisville on Feb. 23, 2003 in Fifth Third Arena.
The Bearcats are now 26-25 all-time against ranked opponents in Fifth Third Arena.
The win marked Cincinnati's fifth against a ranked opponent this season (No. 22 Pittsburgh, No. 11 Georgetown, No. 13 Connecticut, No. 17 Louisville, No. 7 Marquette), the most in a single season in the Cronin era.
Cincinnati is now 6-10 all-time against teams ranked No. 7 in the coaches poll.
UC has won 16 of its last 23 BIG EAST games.
Cincinnati leads the all-time series against Marquette, 26-19, and has won two of the last three contests against the Golden Eagles.
The win gives UC 11 conference victories for the second straight season after posting an 11-7 mark in conference play last year.
The Bearcats are now 8-4 in the last 12 games against ranked opponents, including a 5-3 mark this season.
Cincinnati is 6-2 this season after a loss.
UC trailed 42-26 at halftime.
The Bearcats forced 17 turnovers and have forced 313 over the last 22 games (14.2 per game).
UC has forced 10 or more turnovers in 25 of 30 games this season.
The Bearcats committed just seven turnovers after turning it over 14 times against Marquette on Feb. 11.
Cincinnati knocked down four three-pointers and has hit 180 three-pointers over the last 22 games (8.2 per game) after knocking down 43 triples through the first eight games of the season (5.4 per game).
The Bearcats have held 24 of 30 opponents under 70 points this season.
Cincinnati led the BIG EAST Conference, allowing 59.6 points per game in 2010-11. The Bearcats are allowing an average of 60.8 points through 29 games this season, which is fourth in the league.
Jaquon Parker scored a career-high 28 points with seven rebounds. His previous career high was 21 points at Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2012.
Yancy Gates scored six points and moved past Bobby Austin (1,385) on UC's career scoring list with 1,387 points. He tied a season high with 13 rebounds and now has 866 career rebounds, three behind Kenyon Martin (869) for 13th place on UC's career rebounding list.
Justin Jackson scored six points with four rebounds and seven blocked shots. His seven blocks are tied for 10th in UC's single-game history.
Sean Kilpatrick scored nine points and has knocked down a three-pointer in 28 of 30 games this season. He has hit a triple in 51 of his 65 career games.
Cashmere Wright dished out four assists with two turnovers and has 86 assists and 36 turnovers over his last 20 games (2.4-to-1 assists-to-turnovers ratio).
Dion Dixon scored 21 points, one shy of his season high, and tied a career-high with four steals.
UC closes out the regular season at Villanova on Saturday, March 3. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.