Jan. 22, 2012
Watch the game on ESPN3
Cincinnati Game Notes
The University of Cincinnati plays host to its first Big Monday contest when the Bearcats welcome highly ranked Syracuse to a sold-out Fifth Third Arena at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by ESPN and also can be heard on 700 WLW. Monday is also the annual "white out" game as fans are encouraged to wear white at the arena.
Both teams are coming off losses on Saturday. Cincinnati (15-5, 5-2 BIG EAST) suffered a 77-74 overtime loss at West Virginia. Cashmere Wright led four Bearcats in double figures with 17 points and a career-best seven rebounds. Yancy Gates posted a double-double with 10 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Dion Dixon and Sean Kilpatrick tallied 12 points each. Syracuse (20-1, 7-1 BIG EAST) took its first loss of the season, 67-58, at Notre Dame. James Southerland led the Orange with 15 points.
Syracuse owns a 6-2 lead in the series, having won the last three meetings with UC. The Orange posted a 67-52 win at Syracuse last season on Jan. 15. UC has won its last three games against ranked opponents this season, all on the road.
GAME AT A GLANCE
Series Info: Ninth meeting; Syracuse leads 6-2 overall; Syracuse leads 2-1 in Cincinnati, 3-1 in Syracuse and 1-0 at neutral sites; STREAK -- Syracuse has won the last three meetings.
Last Meeting: Syracuse won last year’s meeting, 67-52 at the Carrier Dome on Jan. 15.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his sixth season at Cincinnati (102-82); ninth season overall (171-106). Cronin is 1-4 vs. Syracuse. Jim Boeheim is in his 36th season at Syracuse (876-302) and his 36th season overall (876-302).
Rankings: *Syracuse was ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll for Jan. 16. Cincinnati was not ranked in either poll.
Radio: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger is host/engineer.
TV: ESPN; Sean McDonough provides play-by-play alongside color analysts Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery. Bo Garrett serves as producer. Jeff Evers directs.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
STREAKS, STORYLINES & SIDEBARS
-Cincinnati is off to its best start in BIG EAST play at 5-2 since joining the league prior to the 2005-06 season.
-Dating back to last season, UC has won 10 of its last 13 regular-season BIG EAST games.
-The Bearcats saw their seven-game league road win streak end Saturday at West Virginia.
-UC has won its last three games against ranked opponents this season with each contest coming on the road.
-The Bearcats’ top win over a ranked opponent at Fifth Third Arena came against No. 4 Louisville, 101-80 (2/23/2003).
-UC’s last win anywhere against a team ranked as high as: No. 3 (at Illinois, 62-53 [1/23/63]), No. 2 (home vs. Louisville, 59-58 [1/21/67]) or No. 1 (neutral site vs. Duke, 77-75 [11/28/98]).
-The Bearcats are averaging just 10.5 turnovers a game this season and have committed less than 10 miscues in every BIG EAST game (7.1 turnovers per game in league play).
-Cashmere Wright is averaging 12.2 points while shooting 42.2 percent (27-of-64) from beyond the arc in the last 12 games. He has 61 assists with only 20 turnovers (3.1-to-1 assists-to-turnover ratio) during the stretch. He has only 17 turnovers in the last 11 games combined (1.5 per game).