Jan. 16, 2014
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CINCINNATI - The No. 19/23 University of Cincinnati men's basketball team travels to Tampa, Fla., on Saturday to play USF at the USF Sun Dome. The contest starts at 5 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by ESPNU and 700 WLW.
Cincinnati (16-2, 5-0 American) has won nine consecutive games and is 5-0 to start conference play for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign when the Bearcats began 6-0 in Conference USA.
The Bearcats are coming off their 15th consecutive home win (13 straight home victories this season) on Tuesday when they outlasted Temple 69-58 at Fifth Third Arena. Sean Kilpatrick matched his season high with 23 points thanks in part to a season-best six three-pointers. Justin Jackson notched his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with six blocks and two steals. Titus Rubles recorded his first double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
USF (10-7, 1-3 American) lost for the first time this season on the road on Wednesday, dropping a 71-54 decision at SMU. Zach LeDay led the Bulls with 12 points and six rebounds off the bench. Chris Perry added 10 points.
Cincinnati leads the series with USF 24-8 overall, including a 7-6 edge in games played in Tampa. The Bearcats won last year's meeting 61-53 in overtime on UC's Senior Day (March 9).
The Bearcats return home to Fifth Third Arena to face UCF on Thursday at 9 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 33rd meeting; Cincinnati leads 24-8 overall; UC leads 7-6 in Tampa; UC leads 15-1 in Cincinnati;
UC leads 2-1 at neutral sites.
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 1
Last Meeting: UC won 61-53 in overtime on March 9, 2013 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (151-102); 11th season overall (220-126). Stan Heath is in his seventh season at USF (98-116); 13th season overall (207-193).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the USA Today poll. USF is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: ESPNU; Adam Amin provides play-by-play with color analyst Brooke Weisbrod.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
Cincinnati is 5-0 in league play for the first time during the Mick Cronin coaching era and the first time since the 2002-03 campaign when UC started 6-0 in Conference USA.
A Cincinnati win on Saturday would push the Bearcats' record to 17-2 and mark UC's best start under Cronin. (UC began 16-3 in 2010-11 and 2012-13).
The Bearcats are a combined 90-34 (.726) since the start of the 2010-11 campaign with three trips to the NCAA tournament and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16.
The Bearcats haven't surrendered more than 67 points in a game all season and have held their opponent under 70 points for 25 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 (18.6 points per game) and is second in three-pointers made (2.4 per game). He needs 11 points against USF on Saturday to move into fifth place on the UC all-time scoring list, passing Roger McClendon (1,789 points from 1985-88). He is on pace to become only the second player in school history to score as many as 2,000 career points. (Oscar Robertson amassed 2,973 career points at UC [1958-60].)
Through Monday, Justin Jackson ranked 13th in the nation averaging 3.4 blocks, but since the start of league play he is averaging 4.4 blocks. He had a season-high seven blocks at Memphis (1/4) and swatted six shots against Temple on Tuesday.
Titus Rubles is averaging a career-high 6.4 rebounds this season. He has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in each of UC's last three games and has pulled down at least seven rebounds in six of UC's last seven contests.