Postgame Notes: Ohio State

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March 23, 2012

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2011-12 UC MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
March 22, 2012

No. 2 Ohio State (30-7) 81, No. 6 Cincinnati (26-11) 66
NCAA Championship Regional Semifinal
Game 37 ▪ TD Garden ▪ Boston, Mass.

STARTERS

  • Cincinnati: 1 Cashmere Wright (G), 3 Dion Dixon (G), 23 Sean Kilpatrick (G), 34 Yancy Gates (F), 44 Jaquon Parker (G)
  • Ohio State: 0 Jared Sullinger (F), 1 Deshaun Thomas (F), 4 Aaron Craft (G), 32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. (G), 44 William Buford (G)

  • Cincinnati: Wright (18 pts., 3 ast.) | Kilpatrick (15 pts.) | Parker (10 pts., 6 reb.) | Jackson (8 pts., 6 rebs., 4 blk.)
  • Ohio State: Thomas (26 pts., 7 reb.) | Sullinger (23 pts., 11 reb.) | Smith, Jr. (15 pts.) | Craft (11 pts., 5 ast., 6 stl.)

    TEAM NOTES

  • Cincinnati made its second straight NCAA appearance and its 26th all-time.
  • The Bearcats are now 43-25 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
  • UC has now increased or matched its win total in each of the last six seasons (11 in 2006-07, 13 in 2007-08, 18 in 2008-09, 19 in 2009-10, 26 in 2010-11, 26 in 2011-12).
  • Cincinnati is 52-20 over the last two seasons with 23 BIG EAST wins and three victories in the NCAA Tournament.
  • UC has advanced to the round of 32 in each of the past two seasons, defeating a team from the Big 12 Conference each time (Missouri in 2011, Texas in 2012).
  • The Sweet 16 appearance marked the farthest advancement in the NCAA Tournament for the Bearcats since the 2001 season (Sweet 16).
  • The Bearcats have won their first game of the NCAA Tournament in 14 of the last 16 trips.
  • Cincinnati is 4-4 all-time against Big Ten opponents in NCAA Tournament play (2-1 vs. Ohio State, 1-0 vs. Iowa, 1-0 vs. Michigan State, 0-1 vs. Illinois, 0-1 vs. Wisconsin, 0-1 vs. Michigan).
  • Mick Cronin is now 3-4 all-time as a head coach in the NCAA Tournament (3-2 at Cincinnati, 0-2 at Murray State).
  • UC is 4-5 all-time against Ohio State and 2-0 in NCAA Tournament games against the Buckeyes, winning the 1961 and 1962 national championship games vs. OSU.
  • Cronin is tied with two-time national champion head coach Ed Jucker (113-28) for fifth on UC's all-time wins list (113-88).
  • UC has back-to-back 25-win seasons for the first time since the 2003-04 (25-7) and 2004-05 (25-8) seasons.
  • The Bearcats won 11 of the last 15 games, including five against ranked foes.
  • UC has won eight games against ranked opponents this season (8-4), tied with Michigan State for the most wins in the nation. Ohio State entered the game ranked No. 7/7 in the nation.
  • The Bearcats trailed 37-25 at halftime.
  • The Bearcats forced 11 turnovers and forced 405 over the last 29 games (14.0 per game).
  • UC has forced 10 or more turnovers in 32 of 37 games this season.
  • Cincinnati knocked down nine three-pointers and has hit 219 three-pointers over the last 29 games (7.6 per game) after knocking down 43 triples through the first eight games of the season (5.4 per game).
  • Cincinnati's 258 three-point field goals are a single-season school record (253 in 1993-94).
  • Ohio State's 81 points were the second-most the Bearcats have allowed this season and just the second time an opponent has scored 80 or more.
  • Cincinnati's 165 blocked shots are fifth in single-season school history and the most since the 2005-06 team posted 193 blocks.
  • UC's 298 steals in 2011-12 is fourth-most in single-season school history (3rd - 305 in 1989-90).

    INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Cashmere Wright scored 18 points, his 19th double-digit scoring effort of the season and knocked down four three-pointers, his sixth game of 2011-12 with four or more triples. He has 114 assists and 51 turnovers over his last 26 games (2.2-to-1 assists-to-turnovers ratio). He finished 2011-12 with a single-season school record 74 steals.
  • Sean Kilpatrick scored 15 points and has knocked down a three-pointer in 35 of 37 games this season. He has hit a triple in 57 of his 72 career games and has scored in double-figures in 29 of 37 games this season. Kilpatrick has played 1,240 minutes this season, second in single-season school history (1,312, Andre Tate, 1989-90). Kilpatrick finished 2011-12 with 528 points, the second-most in a season under Mick Cronin (Deonta Vaughn, 554, 2007-08).
  • Yancy Gates scored seven points with five rebounds. He is the sixth UC player in school history to amass 1,400 points and 900 rebounds in his career (Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman, Robert Miller, Dwight Jones, Jason Maxiell). His 132 career games played is tied with Larry Davis for third in school history. He finished his career as UC's 14th-leading scorer with 1,485 points and ninth on UC's all-time rebounding list with 916 career caroms.
  • Dion Dixon played in his 137th career game, a school record (Steve Logan, 135). He played 1,231 minutes in 2011-12, the third-most in a single season in UC history. Dixon finished his UC career as the Bearcats' 22nd all-time leading scorer with 1,282 points, passing Kenyon Martin (1,279 points). His 479 points this season are the fourth-most in a single season under Mick Cronin.
  • Justin Jackson posted eight points and four blocks. He led the Bearcats with 61 blocked shots, the most since Eric Hicks posted 113 in 2005-06.
  • Jaquon Parker scored 10 point, his 12th double-digit scoring effort of the season.
     

     

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