UC Faces Marquette on Saturday at 7 p.m.|
Jan. 18, 2013
The RV/No. 24 University of Cincinnati men's basketball team returns home after a two-game road trip to welcome No. 25 Marquette to Fifth Third Arena on Saturday. The contests starts at 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPNU. The game also can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
The contest is a Ring of Red game. Fans are encouraged to wear red.
UC (15-3, 3-2 BIG EAST) has won all three of its league road games this season but looks for its first conference home win on Saturday. The Bearcats claimed a 75-70 win at DePaul on Tuesday. Cashmere Wright posted a team-high 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting with a game-high seven assists before leaving with an injury. Sean Kilpatrick poured in 18 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. JaQuon Parker added 12 points while Cheikh Mbodj had six points and a career-high and Allstate Arena-record seven blocks.
Marquette (13-3, 4-0 BIG EAST) is one of three conference teams still unbeaten in league play entering Saturday. The Golden Eagles improved to 4-0 in BIG EAST play Thursday with a 69-62 home win over Seton Hall. Davante Gardner scored a game-high 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting with five rebounds. Todd Mayo (12), Vander Blue (11) and Jamil Wilson (10) also scored in double figures.
The two teams split a pair of meetings last season with the home team winning both affairs. Marquette posted a 95-78 win in Milwaukee on Feb. 11 while Cincinnati earned a 72-61 victory in the Queen City on Feb. 29. The Bearcats hold a 26-19 lead overall in the series with a 14-7 advantage in Cincinnati.
Series Info: 46th meeting; Cincinnati leads 26-19 overall; UC leads 14-7 in Cincinnati and 3-2 at neutral sites. Marquette leads 10-9 in Milwaukee. STREAK - Cincinnati won the last game.
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 72-61 in Cincinnati on Feb. 29, 2012.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (128-91); 10th season overall (197-115).
Buzz Williams is in his fifth season at Marquette (108-48); sixth season overall (122-65).
Rankings: Cincinnati is receiving votes in the AP poll and is No. 24 in the USA Today poll for the week of Jan. 14. Marquette is No. 25 in the AP poll and is receiving votes in the USA Today poll.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger engineers.
TV: ESPNU; Beth Mowins provides play-by-play with color analyst Tim Welsh. Todd Kulis produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-The Marquette game marks the third of four contests in a 10 day stretch for Cincinnati that began Jan. 12 at Rutgers and concludes Monday at Syracuse.
-The Bearcats have won nine of their last 13 games against ranked opponents dating back to a 66-63 win at then-No. 22 Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2012. UC is 1-1 against ranked foes this season, winning at then-No. 24 Pittsburgh (70-61) on Dec. 31 and losing at home to then-No. 17 Notre Dame (66-60) on Jan. 7.
-UC and Louisville are tied for league honors for the most wins away from home this season with seven.
Sean Kilpatrick enters play Saturday ranked among the BIG EAST leaders in scoring (tied for fifth at 17.3 points) and three-pointers made (fourth with 2.28). He was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Jan. 10.
-Over the last six games Cashmere Wright is averaging 16.8 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 50.8 percent from the field (33 of 65) and 40.0 percent from three-point range (14 of 35). He has committed three or more turnovers in a game only five times this season.
-UC opponents are scoring 11.87 points below their average this season when playing the Bearcats. Opponents are averaging 12.68 points below their average during league play.
-Notre Dame made nine three-pointers against UC on Jan. 7. UC's other four league opponents have combined for eight three-pointers while shooting 16.0 percent (8 of 50).
-UC ranks third in the BIG EAST (6.72) and seventh in the nation (6.4 through Jan. 13) in blocks per game. The Bearcats blocked 12 DePaul shots on Tuesday, tying a Mick Cronin-era record set earlier this season against North Carolina A&T (Nov. 18).
-Marquette enters Saturday's game tied with Louisville and Syracuse for first place in the BIG EAST Conference standings at 4-0. The Golden Eagles have won six consecutive games.
-Marquette ranks among the league leaders in field goal shooting (third at 46.6 percent), free-throw shooting (second at 73.2 percent) and rebounding defense (second, allowing 30.8 per game).
Guard Vander Blue leads the Golden Eagles and ranks 19th in the league averaging 13.7 points. He leads the squad with 18 three-pointers and 15 steals this season.
-Forward Davante Gardner is second on the team and 21st in the BIG EAST in scoring at 13.1 points. He leads the conference shooting 61.5 percent from the field (72 of 117). He also ranks first on the team in rebounding at 5.4 per game.
-Guard Junior Cadougan averages 9.1 points and is eighth in the league with 4.38 assists per game.
Marquette was picked to finish seventh in the BIG EAST according to a preseason poll of league coaches.
The Golden Eagles finished 27-8 overall and second in the BIG EAST Conference standings at 14-4 last season. Marquette lost to Florida in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.