UC Visits Memphis Saturday at Noon ET

Jan. 2, 2014

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The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team hits the road to play No. 18 Memphis at the FedEx Forum on Saturday. The game tips at Noon ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and 700 WLW.

Cincinnati (12-2, 1-0 American) started American Athletic Conference play on Wednesday posting a 65-57 home win over SMU. Four Bearcats scored in double figures led by Justin Jackson. The back-to-back reigning conference player of the week recorded a game-high 17 points, six rebounds, a season-high-tying five blocks and a career-best five steals. Sean Kilpatrick scored 13 points while Shaquille Thomas and Jermaine Sanders added 10 points each.

The win was UC’s 13th straight at home, tying a Mick Cronin era record and extending the Bearcats’ nation-leading streak of holding their opponent under 70 points to 21 games.

Memphis (10-2, 1-0 American) cruised to an 88-73 win in its conference opener at USF on Tuesday. Four Tigers scored in double figures, including Geron Johnson’s team-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Joe Jackson and Michael Dixon Jr., poured in 18 points apiece while David Pellom added 10 points.

Memphis and Cincinnati renew a rivalry that dates back to 1968 on Saturday. The two squads have played 67 previous times - UC’s second-longest series with a team from the American (Louisville - 97 games). UC and Memphis have been in the same conference four previous times: Missouri Valley, Metro, Great Midwest and Conference USA.

UC owns a 36-31 series lead overall. Memphis has won the last four meetings, including a 60-45 decision in Memphis on Dec. 29, 2008.

The Bearcats play their third game in seven days on Tuesday when they visit Houston at 9 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network/700 WLW).

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 68th meeting; Cincinnati leads 36-31; Cincinnati leads 19-10 in Cincinnati;
Memphis leads 20-12 in Memphis; Cincinnati leads 5-1 at neutral sites.
Current Streak: Memphis - 4
Last Meeting: Memphis won 60-45 in Memphis on Dec. 29, 2008.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (147-102); 11th season overall (216-126).
Josh Pastner is in his fifth season at Memphis (116-36); fifth season overall (116-36);
Rankings: Memphis is ranked No. 18 in both the AP and USA Today polls for Dec. 30. Cincinnati is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: ESPN2; Mike Patrick provides play-by-play with color analyst Len Elmore.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

Cincinnati Storylines
-Memphis and Cincinnati renew a rivalry that dates back to 1968. The two squads have played 67 previous times - UC’s second-longest series against an American Athletic Conference member (Louisville - 97 games). Sixty-three of the 67 series contests (all but the last four) have been played as conference games with the two teams playing annually from 1976 through 2005.
-UC entered this week ranked fifth in the nation allowing only 56.5 points per game. The Bearcats also ranked in the Top 25 nationally in turnover margin (ninth at 5.3), scoring margin (13th at +16.6), field goal percentage defense (19th at 38.0), total steals (21st at 110) and total blocks (22nd at 74).
-The Bearcats haven’t surrendered more than 67 points in a game all season and have held their opponent under 70 points for 21 consecutive games  - the nation’s longest active streak. The school record is 35 straight games spanning three seasons, starting with 1962 NCAA championship game and concluding on Dec. 20, 1963.
-Sean Kilpatrick leads the American in scoring (18.6 points per game) and is tied for second in three-pointers made per game (2.5). He also ranks third in free-throw shooting percentage (87.5 percent) and seventh in three-point shooting (36.5 percent).
-During UC’s current five-game win streak, Justin Jackson is averaging a double-double with 15.8 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent (33 of 53) from the field and averaging 3.8 blocks, 2.4 steals and 2.2 assists.
-Jermaine Sanders has played well over the last four games, ranking third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.8 points to go with 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He has made nine of his 15 three-point attempts (60.0 percent) during the stretch.