UC Welcomes Rutgers on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET

Jan. 10, 2014

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The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team returns home to face Rutgers on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. The contest starts at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network and 700 WLW.

Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.

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 (14-2, 2-0 American) matched its longest win streak of the season at seven games on Tuesday when it held on to claim a 61-60 road win at Houston. Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 17 points to go with three steals while Jermaine Sanders contributed 11 points and a trio of three-pointers. Titus Rubles added seven points and 10 rebounds in his home state. A pair of free throws by Kevin Johnson with 11 seconds remaining sealed the win.

Rutgers hasn’t played since it suffered an 83-76 home loss to then-No. 14 Louisville on Jan. 4. Four Scarlet Knights reached double-figures led by Miles Mack’s 19 points. Craig Brown had 17 points. Kadeem Jack poured in 12 points while Junior Etou added 10 points.

Cincinnati won eight of the 11 meetings with Rutgers while the two schools were members of the former BIG EAST Conference. The Bearcats won both meetings last season: a 68-58 victory at Rutgers (Jan. 12) and a 62-54 decision at Cincinnati (Jan. 30). The Bearcats hold a 14-4 advantage overall in the series.  

Cincinnati remains at home to play Temple on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 19th meeting; Cincinnati leads 14-4 overall; Cincinnati leads 7-1 in Cincinnati and 4-3 in Piscataway;
Cincinnati leads 3-0 at neutral sites.  
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 2
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 62-54 at Fifth Third Arena on Jan. 30, 2013.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (149-102); 11th season overall (218-126). Eddie Jordan is in his first season at Rutgers (7-8); first season overall (7-8).
Rankings: Cincinnati and Rutgers 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 enters Saturday’s game against Rutgers on a 13-game home win streak. The Bearcats won their final two home games last season and are 11-0 at Fifth Third Arena in 2013-14. It’s tied for the fourth-longest win streak at Fifth Third Arena (since start of 1989-90 season).
-A win Saturday against Rutgers would make the Bearcats 4-0 in conference action for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign when UC started 4-0 in Conference USA en route to 25-7 overall mark, 12-4 league record, the conference regular season and tournament crowns and a trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
-A win Saturday would mark the 150th win at Cincinnati for eighth-year head coach Mick Cronin. He ranks third in all-time victories at Cincinnati behind only Bob Huggins (399 from 1990-2005) and George Smith (154 from 1953-1960).
-At 14-2 overall, Cincinnati is off to its second-best start through 16 games during the Mick Cronin era. The 2010-11 Bearcats began their season 15-1 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.
-The Bearcats haven’t surrendered more than 67 points in a game all season and have held their opponent under 70 points for 23 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.
-Sean Kilpatrick leads the American in scoring (18.5 points per game) and is third in three-pointers made (2.3 per game). Justin Jackson leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.6), is second in blocks (3.3) and fourth in rebounds (7.6).