Bearcats Move Up in National Polls
UC senior guard Sean Kilpatrick was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday for the sixth time this season.

Jan. 20, 2014

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team moved up in the national rankings on Monday. The Bearcats climbed four spots to No. 15 in the Associated Press poll and jumped seven places to No. 16 in the USA Today poll.

UC's rankings in both polls are its highest since Dec. 31, 2012 when the Bearcats were listed at No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA Today poll.

The Bearcats have been ranked in the AP poll at some point during each of the past four seasons, climbing as high as No. 8 last season. The Bearcats were ranked for 13 weeks in both the AP and USA Today polls a year ago - a UC head coach Mick Cronin era high.

Winners in 10 consecutive games, the Bearcats (17-2 overall, 6-0 in the American Athletic Conference) play host to UCF on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. Fans can purchase tickets at or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network and 700 WLW.

UC senior guard Sean Kilpatrick was named to the American Honor Roll on Monday. Kilpatrick averaged 20.5 points and made eight three-pointers in two UC wins last week. He tied a season-high with 23 points, connecting on a season-best six three-pointers in the Bearcats' 69-58 win over Temple on Tuesday. He poured in a game-high 18 points in UC's 61-54 win at USF on Saturday.

Kilpatrick leads the American in scoring (18.6) and ranks second in three-pointers made (2.4 per game) and third in free-throw shooting (85.0 percent).

Kilpatrick has led UC in scoring in 16 of its 19 games this season.  He moved past former Bearcat Roger McClendon (1,789 points from 1985-88) into fifth place on UC's all-time scoring list on Saturday with 1,797 points.