Bearcats Head to Temple For Sunday Matchup

Jan. 24, 2014

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The No. 15/16 University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team puts its 11-game win streak on the line when it travels to Temple on Sunday. The game starts at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network and 700 WLW.

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Cincinnati (18-2, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) won its 16th consecutive home game on Thursday, posting a 69-51 win over UCF. Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 19 points with a trio of three-pointers while Justin Jackson had 12 points, seven blocks and three steals. Jermaine Sanders added 10 points while Titus Rubles had nine points and seven rebounds.

Temple (5-12, 0-6 American) suffered a 90-66 setback at UConn on Tuesday. Will Cummings led four Owls in double figures with 20 points.

The Bearcats won a 69-58 decision in Cincinnati when the two teams met on Jan. 14. Kilpatrick matched his season-high with 23 points thanks in part to six three-pointers. Dalton Peppers led Temple with 21 points.  

Cincinnati owns a 15-6 advantage in the series overall, including a slight 3-2 lead against the Owls in Philadelphia, Pa.  

The Bearcats remain on the road to play at nationally ranked Louisville on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.  

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 22nd meeting; Cincinnati leads 15-6 overall; UC leads 3-2 in Philadelphia; UC leads 6-1 in Cincinnati; UC leads 6-3 at neutral sites. Current Streak: Cincinnati - 2
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 69-58 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Jan. 14, 2014  
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (153-102); 11th season overall (222-126). Fran Dunphy is in his eighth season at Temple (163-87); 25th season overall (473-250).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the USA Today poll. Temple is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: CBS Sports Network; Tom McCarthy, Alaa Abdelnaby and Doug Gottlieb announce.
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 (18-2) and in conference play (7-0) in Mick Cronin’s eight-year tenure as head coach. Entering play on Friday, UC was one of 13 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 11-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 seven conference games in a season for the first time since an 8-0 start in Conference USA in 2001-02.
-The Bearcats have held their opponent under 70 points for 27 consecutive games - the nation’s longest active streak.
-A win at Temple on Sunday would give head coach Mick Cronin 154 wins during his eight-year tenure at Cincinnati, tying him with George Smith (154-56 from 1953-1960) for second most in school history. Bob Huggins (399-127 from 1990-2005) ranks first.
-Sean Kilpatrick leads the American in scoring (18.6 points per game), ranks second in three-pointers made (2.5 per game) and third in free-throw shooting (85.6 percent). Justin Jackson ranks second in the nation in total blocks (71). He leads the league in blocks per game (3.5) and is fourth in rebounds (7.3).