UC advances to the BIG EAST Championship Final for the first time in school history (joined BIG EAST prior to 2005-06 season).
It will mark the first conference tournament final for the Bearcats since the 2004 Conference USA Final, a 55-50 win against DePaul on March 13, 2004.
The Bearcats have won nine of the last 11 games, including four against ranked foes.
The win gives UC seven against ranked opponents this season, including five on the road or at neutral sites.
The seven wins against ranked foes is a school record and the most for any team in the nation in 2011-12.
UC has won seven of the last nine games against ranked opponents.
Four of UC’s last six games have been against ranked opponents (5-1 overall, 4-0 vs. ranked foes).
The victory against No. 2/2 Syracuse is the first win against a Top-2 opponent since a 77-75 victory against No. 1 Duke on Nov. 28, 1998.
UC is now 2-13 all-time against teams ranked No. 2 in the nation.
The Bearcats never trailed and led 35-23 at halftime.
UC has played in a BIG EAST-high 15 games decided by five points or less or in overtime (10-5 in such games).
The Bearcats forced 15 turnovers and have forced 352 over the last 25 games (14.1 per game).
UC has forced 10 or more turnovers in 28 of 33 games this season.
Cincinnati posted 11 steals, its 11th game with 10 or more steals this season (10-1 in those games).
Cincinnati knocked down 10 three-pointers and has hit 199 three-pointers over the last 25 games (8.0 per game) after knocking down 43 triples through the first eight games of the season (5.4 per game).
UC has hit 10 or more threes in eight games this season, posting an 8-0 mark in such games.
Cincinnati’s 240 three-point field goals are second-most in a single season in school history (253 in 1993-94).
The Bearcats have held 26 of 33 opponents under 70 points this season.
UC had four players in double figures (Gates, Dixon, Kilpatrick, Wright) for the fourth time in the last five games.
Yancy Gates scored 18 points with eight rebounds. His 891 career rebounds are 10th on UC’s all-time rebounding list. He passed Eric Hicks (888) and George Wilson (888) against Syracuse.
Cashmere Wright scored 11 points, his 16th double-digit scoring effort of the season, with eight assists, and one steal. His 67 steals this season are the most in a single season in school history. He has 104 assists and 42 turnovers over his last 23 games (2.5-to-1 assists-to-turnovers ratio).
Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points with five steals and tied a career high with six three-pointers. He has knocked down a three-pointer in 31 of 33 games this season. He has hit a triple in 54 of his 68 career games and has scored in double-figures in 27 of 33 games this season.
Dion Dixon scored 11 points, having scored in double-figures in 28 of 33 games this season and 36 of his last 44 games dating to the 2010-11 season. He has now scored 1,242 career points and moved past Eric Hicks (1,231 pts.) and into 25th place on UC’s all-time scoring list. Dixon also moved into sole possession of second place on UC’s all-time games played list with 133 career games played, passing Larry Davis. He’s two games shy of the school record held by Steve Logan (135 games).
The Bearcats advance to the BIG EAST Championship game for the first time in school history, where they will play rival Louisville. The game will tip off at 9 p.m. on ESPN.