Bearcats Take Win Streak to Houston

Jan. 5, 2014

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The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team plays its third game in seven days when it travels to Houston on Tuesday. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network and 700 WLW.

CBS Sports Network is available through the following cable providers: Time Warner - Channel 968 and 1321; Time Warner (Insight) - Channel 968; Direct TV -Channel 221; DISH Network Channel 158; Comcast Channel 1721 and Cincinnati Bell Channel 219. Or click on the CBS Sports Network channel finder for the station in your area.

Cincinnati (13-2, 2-0 American) has won six consecutive games after posting a 69-53 win at then-No. 18 Memphis on Saturday. Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Bearcats. Justin Jackson added 13 points, eight rebounds and matched a career high with seven blocks. Shaquille Thomas added 10 points.

Houston (10-5, 2-0 American) has won three in a row and four of its last five after earning a 67-58 road win at USF on Saturday. Four Cougars scored in double figures led by TaShawn Thomas’ game-high 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. LeRon Barnes and Danrad Knowles scored 12 points each while Jherrod Stiggers added 11 points.

The two teams haven’t played since both were members of Conference USA. The Bearcats own a 22-1 advantage in the overall series with wins in each of the last 10 meetings. UC claimed the last matchup, an 87-68 victory at Fifth Third Arena on Jan. 29, 2005.

The Bearcats return home on Saturday when they welcome Rutgers for a 6 p.m. ET contest. Fans can purchase tickets at or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 24th meeting; Cincinnati leads 22-1 overall; Cincinnati leads 11-0 in Cincinnati and 11-1 in Houston;
The teams have never met at a neutral site.  
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 10
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 87-68 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Jan. 29, 2005.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (148-102); 11th season overall (217-126).
James Dickey is in his fourth season at Houston (57-51); 14th season overall (210-185);
Rankings: Cincinnati and Houston are not ranked in either the AP and USA Today polls for Dec. 30.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: CBS Sports Network; Brad Johansen provides play-by-play with color analyst Steve Wolf.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

Cincinnati Storylines
-Cincinnati has started 2-0 in league play for the fourth time in the past five seasons but looks to move to 3-0 for the first time under head coach Mick Cronin when it takes on Houston on Tuesday. The last time UC was 3-0 to begin conference action came during the 2004-05 campaign.
-At 13-2 overall, Cincinnati is off to its second-best start during the Mick Cronin era. The 2010-11 Bearcats began their season 15-0 en route to posting a 26-9 overall record and advancing to the third round of the NCAA tournament before losing to UConn, the eventual national champion.
-Houston and UC renew a rivalry on Tuesday that dates back to 1957. The two teams competed as league foes in both the Missouri Valley Conference and Conference USA. The teams also played seven non-league games against each other. UC and Houston have played 23 times, but not since an 87-68 UC win in Cincinnati on Jan. 29, 2005.
-The Bearcats haven’t surrendered more than 67 points in a game all season and have held their opponent under 70 points for 22 consecutive games  - the nation’s longest active streak. The school record is 35 straight games spanning three seasons, starting with the 1962 NCAA championship game and concluding on Dec. 20, 1963.
-UC entered Friday ranked fifth in the nation allowing only 56.5 points per game. The Bearcats also ranked in the Top 25 nationally in turnover margin (seventh at 5.6), scoring margin (15th at +16.0), total steals (19th at 121), total blocks (20th at 81), field goal percentage defense (24th at .385) and steals per game (25th at 8.6).
-Sean Kilpatrick leads the American in scoring (18.6 points per game) and is third in three-pointers made (2.4 per game). Justin Jackson leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.7), is second in blocks (3.5) and fourth in rebounds (7.7).