Men's Basketball |
March 11, 2012
Box Score |
2011-12 UC MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
March 10, 2012
Louisville (26-9) 50, Cincinnati (24-10) 44
Game 34 ▪ Madison Square Garden ▪ New York, N.Y. ▪ Att: 20,057
Cincinnati: 1 Cashmere Wright (G), 3 Dion Dixon (G), 23 Sean Kilpatrick (G), 34 Yancy Gates (F), 44 Jaquon Parker (G)
Louisville: 3 Peyton Siva (G), 5 Chris Smith (G), 10 Gorgui Dieng (C), 14 Kyle Kuric (G), 24 Chane Behanan (F)
Cincinnati: Wright (16 pts., 2 ast., 2 stl.) | Parker (10 pts., 7 reb.) | Gates (9 pts., 6 reb.) | Jackson (6 blks., 4 rebs.)
Louisville: Smith (15 pts.) | Kuric (13 pts., 4 reb.) | Siva (10 pts., 5 ast.)
Cincinnati was making its first appearance in the BIG EAST Championship game.
The Bearcats and Cardinals last met in a conference tournament final in 1981, with Louisville winning the Metro Conference championship, 42-31, on March 7, 1981.
This was 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 12 games, including four against ranked foes.
UC is now 5-6 all-time in the BIG EAST Tournament and 1-1 against Louisville in the BIG EAST Tournament (69-66 win on March 10, 2010).
Louisville leads the all-time series, 54-42, and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Bearcats.
The Bearcats trailed 24-14 at halftime.
UC's 14 points at the half were its fewest in a half this season and the fewest in a half in a BIG EAST Championship final.
The 94 combined points were the fewest in a BIG EAST Championship final.
UC's 44 points are its fewest since scoring 42 against Rutgers on Jan. 7, 2007.
The Bearcats forced 14 turnovers and have forced 366 over the last 26 games (14.1 per game).
UC has forced 10 or more turnovers in 29 of 34 games this season.
Cincinnati knocked down three three-pointers and has hit 202 three-pointers over the last 26 games (7.8 per game) after knocking down 43 triples through the first eight games of the season (5.4 per game).
Cincinnati's 243 three-point field goals are second-most in a single season in school history (253 in 1993-94).
The Bearcats have held 27 of 34 opponents under 70 points this season, 16 under 60, and five to 50 or fewer.
UC's 276 steals in 2011-12 is sixth-most in single-season school history (5th - 277 in 1995-96).
Cincinnati shot 1-for-7 from the free throw line, its fewest made free throws under Mick Cronin and the second-fewest in school history (0 at Georgia Tech on Jan. 2, 1978; 1 vs. Kentucky on Dec. 20, 1983 and vs. Virginia Commonwealth on Jan. 8, 1979).
UC has played in 34 games this season, the second most in school history (35 by four teams: 2000-01, 2001-02, 2009-10, 2010-11).
Yancy Gates scored nine points with six rebounds. He passed Dwight Jones (1,451 pts.) on UC's all-time scoring list, moving into 14th place with 1,453 career points. His 897 career rebounds are 10th on UC's all-time rebounding list. He was named to the BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team.
Cashmere Wright scored 16 points, his 17th double-digit scoring effort of the season and added two steals to bump his single-season school record to 69 steals. He has 106 assists and 47 turnovers over his last 24 games (2.3-to-1 assists-to-turnovers ratio). He was named to the BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team.
Sean Kilpatrick has now knocked down a three-pointer in 32 of 34 games this season. He has hit a triple in 55 of his 69 career games and has scored in double-figures in 27 of 34 games this season. Kilpatrick has played 1,166 minutes this season, seventh in single-season school history.
Dion Dixon played in his 134th career game, one shy of the school record held by Steve Logan (135 games). He has played 1,163 minutes in 2011-12, the eighth-most in a single season in UC history.
Justin Jackson posted six blocked shots and has 17 over the last five games (3.4 per game). He leads the Bearcats with 55 blocks (1.6 per game).
UC will await its NCAA fate on Sunday. The NCAA Selection Show begins at 6 p.m.