Postgame Notes: Syracuse
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2011-12 UC MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
March 9, 2012

Cincinnati (24-9) 71, No. 2/2 Syracuse (31-2) 68
Game 33 ▪ Madison Square Garden ▪ New York, N.Y. ▪ Att: 20,057

STARTERS

  • Cincinnati: 1 Cashmere Wright (G), 3 Dion Dixon (G), 23 Sean Kilpatrick (G), 34 Yancy Gates (F), 44 Jaquon Parker (G)
  • Syracuse: 5 C.J. Fair (F), 11 Scoop Jardine (G), 20 Brandon Triche (G), 32 Kris Joseph (F), 51 Fab Melo (C)

    LEADERS

  • Cincinnati: Gates (18 pts., 7 reb.) | Kilpatrick (18 pts., 5 stl., 6 3pt FG) | Wright (11 pts., 8 ast.) | Dixon (11 pts.)
  • Syracuse: Waiters (28 pts., 7 3pt FG) | Melo (11 pts., 8 reb.)

    TEAM NOTES

  • 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.

    INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • 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).

    NEXT GAME

  • 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.