Men's Basketball Makes Last Trip to Freedom Hall

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Jan. 23, 2010

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Game 20: Cincinnati at Louisville

Sunday, Jan. 24 | Noon | Freedom Hall (18,865) | Louisville, Ky. | TV: BIG EAST Network/FS Ohio | Radio: 700 WLW

 

 

Television: BIG EAST Network/FS Ohio

Bob Picozzi (PXP)

Bob Wenzel (ANA)

 

Radio: 700 WLW

Dan Hoard (PXP)

Chuck Machock (ANA)

Mo Egger (Host)

 

Satellite Radio: Sirius 90; XM 203

 

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THE MATCH-UP

The Cincinnati Bearcats (13-6, 4-3 BIG EAST) have fought back after losing three straight BIG EAST Conference games to put together back-to-back wins over Notre Dame (60-58) and USF (78-70) at home in Fifth Third Arena. Next the Bearcats travel to long-time rival Louisville (12-7, 3-3 BIG EAST) on Sunday, Jan. 24 at Noon for their last appearance in historic Freedom Hall. The Cardinals, who lost Seton Hall on the road, 80-77, on Thursday night, are looking to stop a three-game BIG EAST slide that includes losses to nationally-ranked Villanova and Pittsburgh. The game will be telecast on the BIG EAST Network with Bob PIcozzi (pxp) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) handling the call. The game can be seen locally on FOX Sports Net Ohio. For other outlets, check your local listings. Dan Hoard (pxp) and Chuck Machock (analyst) will call the game on 700 WLW.

 

THE SERIES

For the fourth straight year, Cincinnati and Louisville are playing just once during the BIG EAST Conference regular season. Louisville owns a 52-39 edge in the all-time series, including a 3-2 lead since both schools joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06. The Cardinals have dominated the all-time series in Louisville winning 29 of 44 meetings and are 27-14 in Freedom Hall vs. UC. The Bearcats won their last match-up at Louisville on New Year’s Day 2008, beating the Cardinals, 58-57.

 

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS

·         Louisville is 12-7 overall and 3-3 in the BIG EAST heading into Sunday’s game vs. Cincinnati.

·         UofL lost its last time out dropping an 80-77 decision at Seton Hall on Thursday, Jan. 21. Edgard Sosa led at Louisville scorers with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

·         The Cardinals have dropped their last three games, becoming UC’s third BIG EAST opponent to carry at least a three-game losing streak into its match-up with the Bearcats. The others were Seton Hall (four games) and St. John’s (three games). It is Louisville’s longest losing streak since the 2005-06 season.

·         Louisville is fifth in the BIG EAST and 20th nationally in scoring offense, averaging 80.7 points per game. Seven players, led by Samardo Samuels (15.9 ppg), score five or more points a game.

·         The Cardinals are allowing their opponents to 69.8 points per game, ranking them 126th in the nation in scoring defense.

·         UofL is fifth in the BIG EAST in rebounding margin at +7.1, four spots behind the Bearcats who lead the conference at +8.6.

·         Louisville is second in the league in offensive rebounds pulling down 16.79 per game.

·         Samuels leads Louisville in rebounding and offensive rebounds, averaging 7.7 and 3.68 boards a night, respectively.

·         Sophomore guard Edgar Sosa is tops on the team and 14th in the BIG EAST dishing out 3.89 assists per game.

·         As a team, UofL is shooting over 70 percent overall from the free-throw line, led by sophomore Jared Swopshire at 82.8 percent (53-of-64).

 

UC FREEDOM HALL FACTS

·         Cincinnati has an all-time record of 27-35 (.435) in Freedom Hall, including appearances in three Final Fours (1959, 1962, 1963),  a combined eight Metro Conference (1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987) and Conference USA Tournaments (2001, 2003), and the 1976 NCAA Midwest Regional.

·         UC’s 14 wins in Freedom Hall vs. the Cardinals are the most by any opponent. Marquette and Memphis are tied for second with 10 wins.

·         UC won its second consecutive NCAA National Championship under Ed Jucker in 1962 in Freedom Hall, defeating UCLA (72-70) and Ohio (71-59).

·         The Bearcats are 14-27 (.341) vs. Louisville in Freedom Hall, including two match-ups vs. the Cardinals in the Metro Conference Tournament and once in the consolation game of the 1959 NCAA Final Four where UC beat UofL, 98-85, to earn third place.

·         In UC’s last visit to Freedom Hall on New Year’s Day ‘08, the Bearcats knocked off the Cardinals, 58-57, in their BIG EAST opener.  Deonta Vaughn scored 11 of his 13 points in the final nine minutes of the game.

·         As a head coach, Mick Cronin is 1-1 at Freedom Hall vs. Louisville, losing in 2003-04 as the head coach of Murray State and winning there in 2008 with UC.

·         When Cronin was an assistant coach for Bob Huggins at Cincinnati from 1997-01, the Bearcats were a perfect 5-0 vs. UofL.

·         Cronin spent two seasons at Louisville (2001-03) as the Associate Head Coach for Rick Pitino. The Cardinals posted an overall record of 44-20 (.688) during the span.

 

·         JAN. 20 - USF GAME NOTES

·         Cincinnati used a career-night from freshman Jaquon Parker and 20 points from senior Deonta Vaughn to defeat USF, 78-70.

·         UC improved to 21-6 all-time against the Bulls.

·         The 78 points are the Bearcats’ highest point total in BIG EAST play this season.

·         Cincinnati is now 1-3 on the season when allowing its opponent to score 70 points or more.

·         UC outscored USF 16-12 in second-chance points. The Bearcats have now held the last two opponents to a combined 14 second-chance points.

·         Cincinnati committed just eight turnovers for the game. UC has committed fewer than 10 turnovers in its last two games. It is the first back-to-back under-10 turnover performances since Jan. 10 and Jan. 14, 2009, when the Bearcats turned the ball over eight times against Connecticut (Jan. 10) and six times against Rutgers (Jan. 14).

·         UC shot 55.6 percent from the field and Cincinnati is now 6-1 when shooting over 50 percent from the floor.

·         The 55.6 percentage is its highest in BIG EAST play and its highest since shooting 57.4 percent against Texas Southern on Dec. 1, 2009.

·         Cincinnati closed out the final 4:01 of the first half on a 12-4 run to take a 41-32 lead into the half. Vaughn scored six of the 12 points during the run.

·         In his first career start in BIG EAST play and his second of the season, Parker scored a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and dished out a career-high five assists in a career-best 35 minutes. Parker also did not commit a turnover.

·         Vaughn scored a team-high 20 points, his 11th double-figure scoring game and his second 20-plus point scoring effort of the season.

·         Junior forward Rashad Bishop scored 15 points for the Bearcats, his fifth double-figure scoring effort of the season. It is the first time this season and the first time in a year that he has scored 10-plus points in consecutive games. Bishop last registered back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts on Jan 4, 2009 and Jan. 7, 2009, scoring 11 points against Marquette and Providence, respectively.

·         Sophomore Yancy Gates hit three of his first five shots and scored six of UC’s first 10 points before recording his second foul with 15:57 in the first half. Gates finished with eight points and two rebounds in 10 minutes of action.

 

TOUGH TIMES ON THE ROAD

·         The Bearcats are 1-4 in away games this season and have a record of 8-31 (.205) in road games under Mick Cronin.

·         UC’s game vs. Xavier at the Cintas Center was its first “official” road game of the season.

·         The Bearcats’ three games in Maui were considered neutral site contests, while the Miami (OH) game at U.S. Bank Arena is considered a “home” game since Cincinnati moved a home contest to an arena within the city limits.

·         Cincinnati picked up its first road win of the season at Rutgers, knocking off the Scarlet Knights, 65-58. It was UC’s  first road win since Feb. 7 of last year when the Bearcats beat Georgetown, 64-62, in overtime at the Verizon Center.

·         UC has shot 40.8 percent and averaged 63.4 points per game on the road this season compared to 47.7 percent shooting and 76.3 points in Fifth Third Arena.

·         Cincinnati’s 3-point shooting struggles the most on the road as the Bearcats are converting just 18-of-94 (.191) treys away from home, compared to 33.8 percent at home (73-of-216).

·         Taking care of the ball is also a weakness on the road as UC is giving up 15.6 turnovers per game, compared to its season average of 13.7, an increase of almost two per game.

 

FIFTH THIRD ADVANTAGE

·         The Bearcats are 276-56 (.831) in games at Fifth Third Arena since the building opened in 1989-90.

·         Under Mick Cronin, UC is 40-22 in Fifth Third (.645).

·         UC is 10-1 at home and 9-1 in Fifth Third Arena this season. The Miami (OH) game is considered a home game despite being played at U.S. Bank Arena.

·         The seven consecutive wins to start the year matched the best home winning streak for the Bearcats since 2004-05, when they won nine games, spanning two seasons.

·         The Bearcats are averaging 76.3 points per game at home led by Lance Stephenson’s 12.3 points per game.

 

TALE OF THE TAPE — LAST FIVE GAMES

·         Cincinnati has a record of 3-2 with a wins vs. Cal State Bakersfield (87-58), Notre Dame (60-58), and USF (78-70) and losses to Seton Hall (83-76) and St. John’s (52-50).

·         Senior guard Deonta Vaughn leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.6 points per game. He posted three double-figure scoring nights, including 20-point games vs. Seton Hall and USF.

·         The UC defense is giving up 64.2 points per game during the stretch — one more point per game than its season average (63.2 ppg).

·         Cincinnati is shooting 46.7 percent (133-of-285) from the field during the stretch — 2.2 percent higher than the season average (.445).

·         The Bearcats, who are one of the nation’s top teams in terms of rebounding margin (+8.6 rpg - seventh in NCAA), are pulling down 40.0 boards a contest during the last five games. They are allowing opponents 28.6 rebounds per game during this latest stretch for a +11.4 margin.

·         Senior guard Deonta Vaughn is 13-for-31 (.419) in the last five games from behind the 3-point arc and is 13-for-13 from the free-throw line.

 

RESUME BUILDING — UC VS. RANKED OPPONENTS

·         UC is 3-1 vs. teams ranked in the AP Poll this season after knocking off No. 24/24 Vanderbilt and No. 21/22 Maryland in the first and second rounds of the 2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational, respectively, and No. 10/10 Connecticut at home on Dec. 30. The loss was to No. 23 Pittsburgh, 74-71, on Jan. 4, and Cincinnati’s first at home this season.

·         Cincinnati is 114-169 (.403) all-time vs. opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including a 23-21 (.523) record in Fifth Third Arena.

·         The wins vs. Vanderbilt and Maryland marked the first time since the 1999-00 season that Cincinnati defeated ranked opponents in consecutive games. That year, UC defeated No. 25 Gonzaga 75-68 on Dec. 4, 1999, before defeating No. 7 North Carolina 77-68 on Dec. 8, 1999.

·         UC is 6-17 vs. ranked opponents under Cronin.

 

FINDING THEIR STROKE

·         Before the start of BIG EAST Conference play, Cincinnati found times tough at the free throw line, converting on 61.1 (124-of-203) percent of its attempts from the charity stripe.

·         In its seven BIG EAST games and the Cal State Bakersfield game, the Bearcats are a combined 95-of-138 (.688) — 7.7 percent higher.

·         Deonta Vaughn (20-for-20), Lance Stephenson (17-for-23) and Dion Dixon (13-for-14) are a combined 50-for-57 (.877) in the last eight games.

·         Stephenson was perfect (7-for-7) for Cincinnati in the win over then-No. 10/10 Connecticut on Dec. 30, including the game winning free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining.

·         After starting the year 15-of-20 from the line and going 0-for-2 vs. Gonzaga on Nov. 25, Vaughn has converted 24 consecutive free-throw attempts, including 7-for-7 in the last game vs. USF.

·         Vaughn is fourth overall (.886) and first in BIG EAST-only games (1.000 - 18-of-18) in free throw shooting.

 

EXPERIENCE IN THE POST

·         Yancy Gates went against a talented group of post players during his freshman year, playing against the likes of Hasheem Thabeet and DeJuan Blair. That experience has been beneficial for Gates in his second year in the BIG EAST.

·         The Cincinnati product finished his freshman season of conference action averaging 10.9 ppg and 6.0 rpg, but Gates started a bit slow in conference play averaging 9.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg over the first seven conference games.

·         Through seven conference games this season, Gates has gotten off to a better start averaging 11.0 ppg and 7.6 rpg, while shooting .600 percent from the field.

·         Gates has scored in double figures in five of seven conference contests and posted double-doubles vs. Pittsburgh (16 points and 14 rebounds) and Notre Dame (11 points, 13 rebounds).

·         Gates’ defense has shown improvement as well in 2009-10. Against Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody on Jan. 16, Gates and teammate Steve Toyloy combined to hold the nation’s second-leading scorer at the time (29.4 ppg) to 14 points on 5-of-20 shooting —  15.4 points below his season average.

·         Gates has also become the team’s top shot blocker, averaging 1.2 per game.

·         Despite playing in the paint, Gates has made it to the free-throw line just 11 times in UC’s last eight games. Four of those attempts came against Seton Hall on Jan. 9 where he was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line.

 

PARKER GETS THE POINT

·         After playing a reserve role for most of the season playing behind Cashmere Wright and Deonta Vaughn, freshman guard Jaquon Parker earned his first BIG EAST Conference start on Wednesday vs. USF and made the most of his opportunity.

·         The 2009 Mr. Basketball in Virginia, Parker played a career high 35 minutes at the point guard spot vs. the Bulls and scored a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and dished out a career-high five assists.

·         Parker also did not commit a turnover in the game.

 

 


 

 

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