UC Heads to Syracuse on Monday for 3:30 p.m. Contest
Sophomore forward Jermaine Sanders made his first collegiate start against Marquette.

Jan. 20, 2013

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The RV/No. 24 University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team travels to No. 6/6 Syracuse on Monday for a 3:30 p.m. ET game. The Big Monday contest will be televised by ESPN and can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.

UC (16-3, 4-2 BIG EAST) defeated No. 25 Marquette 71-69 in overtime at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday. Sean Kilpatrick’s driving layup with 4.3 seconds capped a career-high 36-point scoring night for the Yonkers, N.Y. native. Kilpatrick was 11 of 23 from the field with five three-pointers and made 9 of 10 free throws. Titus Rubles earned his first double-double at UC with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Syracuse (17-1, 5-0 BIG EAST) won a thriller itself on Saturday, outlasting No. 1 Louisville 70-68 on the road. Brandon Triche hit five three-pointers to lead the Orange with 23 points.  Michael Carter-Williams scored 11 of his team’s last 13 points to help earn the upset. He finished with 16 points.

UC and Syracuse split a pair of meetings last season with then-No. 3 Syracuse winning 60-53 in Cincinnati on Jan. 23. The Bearcats held off then-No. 2 Syracuse 71-68 in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden on March 9. Syracuse owns a 7-3 lead in the series with a 3-1 edge at home.

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 11th meeting; Syracuse leads 7-3 overall; Syracuse leads 3-1 in Syracuse, 3-1 in Cincinnati. The series is tied 1-1 at neutral sites. STREAK - Cincinnati won the last game.  
Last Season’s Meetings: Syracuse won 60-53 in Cincinnati on Jan. 23. Cincinnati won 71-68 in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden on March 9.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (129-91); 10th season overall (198-115).
Jim Boeheim  is in his 37th season at Syracuse (907-305); 37th season overall (907-305).
Rankings: Cincinnati is receiving votes in the AP poll and is No. 24 in the USA Today poll for the week of Jan. 14. Syracuse is No. 6 in both the AP poll and the USA Today poll for the week of Jan. 14.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger engineers.
TV: ESPN; Sean McDonough provides play-by-play with color analysts Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

Cincinnati Storylines
-The Syracuse game marks the fourth contest in 10 days for Cincinnati (beginning Jan. 12 at Rutgers).
-UC enters Monday’s game at Syracuse having won all seven of its games away from home this season. The Bearcats also have won 12 of their last 14 games away from Fifth Third Arena starting with a 72-68 victory at Villanova in the 2012 BIG EAST regular-season finale on March 3.  
-UC and Louisville are tied for league honors for the most wins away from home this season with seven.
-The Bearcats have won 10 of their last 14 games against ranked opponents dating back to a 66-63 win at then-No. 22 Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2012. UC is 2-1 against ranked foes this season.
-UC is 2-27 all-time against AP Top 5 opponents on the road (having lost its last 20 matchups). The Bearcats’ only victories came at No. 5 Duquesne 62-54 on Jan. 18, 1962 and at No. 3 Illinois 62-53 on Jan. 26, 1963.
-UC has never won four consecutive regular-season BIG EAST games since joining the league prior to the 2005-06 season. The Bearcats have claimed as many as three consecutive conference victories six times, including twice last season.
-Sean Kilpatrick’s 36 points against Marquette on Saturday were the most by a Bearcat against a BIG EAST Conference foe since UC joined the league prior to the 2005-06 season. It also marked the most points scored by a Bearcat since Leonard Stokes poured in 39 in a 105-101 double-overtime loss to UCLA in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
-UC has posted 12 blocks in each of its last two games (at DePaul and at home against Marquette). The last time UC had double-digit block numbers in consecutive games came in 2004: 13 vs. Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 27 and 10 vs. Longwood on Dec. 30.

Scouting Syracuse
-Syracuse enters Monday’s game having won seven consecutive games, including its first five league contests to sit atop the BIG EAST Conference standings at 5-0.
-The Orange was ranked in the top three in 14 of the BIG EAST’s 21 team statistical categories entering the weekend. Syracuse ranked first in scoring offense (79.0), scoring margin (+21.2), field goal percentage defense (.354) and rebounding offense (43.2).
-Brandon Triche leads the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game. He is second on the team in three-pointers per game (1.5), assists (3.5) and steals (1.4).
-Michael Carter-Williams averages 9.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game and led the BIG EAST in both categories heading into Saturday.
-C.J. Fair has a team-best 7.1 rebounds and was ranked ninth in the BIG EAST entering the weekend.
-Rakeem Christmas averaged 2.24 blocks and ranked third in the BIG EAST entering the weekend.
-Syracuse was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST behind Louisville according to a preseason poll of league coaches.

The Syracuse Series
-Syracuse leads the series 7-3 overall, 3-1 in Syracuse and 3-1 in Cincinnati. The series is split 1-1 at neutral sites.
-Cincinnati’s win over Syracuse in the BIG EAST Championship last season snapped a four-game losing streak to the Orange.
-Syracuse has been ranked in the AP Top 5 in each of its last four previous meetings with Cincinnati, winning three times.
-Cincinnati's lone win in Syracuse came by an 82-65 score on Feb. 15, 2006.