No. 15 Cincinnati Welcomes UCF on Thursday at 9 ET

Jan. 21, 2014

Cincinnati Game Notes
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CINCINNATI - Winners in each of its last 10 games, the No. 15/16 University of Cincinnati men's basketball team welcomes UCF to Fifth Third Arena on Thursday. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network and 700 WLW.

Fans can purchase tickets at or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.

CBS Sports Network is available through the following cable providers: Time Warner - Channel 968 and 1321; Time Warner (Insight) - Channel 968; Direct TV -Channel 221; DISH Network Channel 158; Comcast Channel 1721 and Cincinnati Bell Channel 219. Or click on the CBS Sports Network channel finder for the station in your area.

Cincinnati (17-2, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) remains in first place in the league after holding off USF 61-54 on Saturday in Tampa. Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 18 points, Shaquille Thomas added 10 points and Justin Jackson contributed nine points, five rebounds and three steals.

UCF (9-7, 1-4) is looking to snap a three-game losing streak after suffering a 58-46 home loss to SMU on Saturday. Forward Tristan Spurlock led the Knights with 11 points to go with five rebounds and two steals.

UC and UCF have played only once before when the Bearcats earned a 62-48 win at the Citrus Bowl Classic in Orlando Florida on Dec. 30, 1983.

The Bearcats hit the road this weekend to play at Temple on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Game at a Glance
Series Info: Second meeting; Cincinnati leads 1-0 overall and 1-0 at neutral sites.
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 1
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 62-48 in the Citrus Bowl Classic in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 30, 1983.  
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (152-102); 11th season overall (221-126). Donnie Jones is in his fourth season at UCF (75-72); seventh season overall (127-81).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the USA Today poll.
UCF is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: CBS Sports Network; Brad Johansen provides play-by-play with color analyst Steve Wolf.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

Cincinnati Storylines
-UC's current rankings (15/16) are its highest since Dec. 31, 2012 when the Bearcats
were listed 14/15.
-UC is off to its best start overall (17-2) and in conference play (6-0) in Mick Cronin's eight-year tenure as head coach. Entering play on Tuesday, UC was one of 15 teams in the nation with two or fewer losses on the season.
-The Bearcats are off to their best start since the 2001-02 squad began 26-2 en route to finishing 31-4 overall - the school record for wins in a season. That squad won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing to UCLA 105-101 in double overtime.
-UC's current 10-game win streak is its longest since starting last season 12-0. The Bearcats have won 10 or more consecutive games in three of the last four seasons. UC started the 2010-11 campaign 15-0.
-The Bearcats have won their first six conference games in a season for the first time since 2002-03 while a member of C-USA. A win over UCF would make UC 7-0 in league action for the first time since an 8-0 start in C-USA in 2001-02.
-UC has won its last 15 home games. The Bearcats won their final two home games last season and are 13-0 at Fifth Third Arena in 2013-14. It's the fourth-longest home win streak at Fifth Third Arena (since start of 1989-90 season).
-The Bearcats have held their opponent under 70 points for 27 consecutive games - the nation's longest active streak.
-Sean Kilpatrick leads the American in scoring (18.6 points per game), ranks second in three-pointers made (2.4 per game) and third in free-throw shooting (85.0 percent). Justin Jackson ranks fifth in the nation in total blocks (63). He ranks second in the league in blocks per game (3.3) and is fourth in rebounds (7.5).