Men's Basketball |
Jan. 12, 2012
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Cincinnati Game Notes
The University of Cincinnati plays host to Villanova on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. The contest starts at Noon and will be televised by The CW Cincinnati (Time Warner-channel 20; Insight-channel 25) in Cincinnati and available on the Internet at ESPN3.com. The game can also be heard on 700 WLW-AM radio.
Cincinnati (13-4, 3-1 BIG EAST) is looking to start 4-1 in league play for the first time since joining the BIG EAST Conference prior to the start of the 2005-06 season. The Bearcats are coming off a 68-64 comeback win at No. 11 Georgetown on Monday. Sean Kilpatrick scored a career-high 27 points and Dion Dixon added a season-high 22 points. UC came back from a 59-53 deficit with 6:31 remaining to record its sixth consecutive BIG EAST road win.
Villanova (8-9, 1-4 BIG EAST) suffered a 79-66 home setback to No. 1 Syracuse on Wednesday.
The Wildcats lead the series with Cincinnati 6-1, having won each of the last three meetings. Villanova posted a 72-61 in Philadelphia last season, ending the Bearcats’ 15-game win streak to start the season.
UC travels to Storrs, Conn., on Jan. 18 to battle nationally ranked Connecticut.
GAME AT A GLANCE
Series Info: Eighth meeting; Villanova leads 6-1 overall; Villanova leads 3-1 in Cincinnati; Villanova leads 3-0 in Philadelphia; The teams have never met at a neutral site; STREAK - Villanova has won the last three meetings.
Last Meeting: Villanova won 72-61 in Philadelphia on Jan. 9, 2011.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his sixth season at Cincinnati (100-81); ninth season overall (169-105). Cronin is 1-4 vs. Villanova. Jay Wright is in his 11th season at Villanova (232-120); 18th season overall (354-205).
Rankings: Cincinnati and Villanova were not ranked in the Associated Press or the USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls for Jan. 9.
Radio: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger is host/engineer.
TV: BIG EAST Network-The CW Cincinnati (Time Warner-channel 20; Insight-channel 25); Mike Gleason provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Bob Wenzel. Todd Kulis serves as producer. Dennis Lanius directs.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS
-With a win Saturday against Villanova UC would start BIG EAST play 4-1 for the first time since joining the league prior to the start of the 2005-06 season.
-Dating back to last season, UC has won eight of its last 10 regular-season BIG EAST games.
-The Bearcats have held 14 of their 17 opponents under 70 points, including 12 foes to 60 or fewer points.
-The Bearcats forced 17 turnovers at Georgetown on Monday and have forced 160 over the last nine games (17.8 per game). UC recorded 13 steals against the Hoyas - tied for the most in a BIG EAST game during the Mick Cronin era.
-In NCAA rankings (games through 1/8/12) Cincinnati ranked nationally in turnover margin (ninth at +4.6), fewest turnovers per game (19th at 11.4), scoring defense (14th at 57.3), scoring margin (29th at +12.8) and blocked shots (32nd at 4.6). UC also ranks eighth in the nation for fewest fouls committed at 14.6 per game.
-Sean Kilpatrick has played especially well over the past nine games, averaging a team-high 18.0 points, 3.4 three-pointers and 2.6 steals to go with 5.1 rebounds. For the season, he leads the BIG EAST with 2.82 three-pointers per game and is tied for 10th in scoring at 16.4 points per game.