Jan. 31, 2013
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The No. 24/No.23 University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team hits the road for the fourth time in its last six games when it visits Seton Hall on Saturday for an 11 a.m. contest on ESPNU. The game also can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
UC (17-4, 5-3 BIG EAST) earned a 62-54 home win Wednesday over Rutgers following an eight-day layoff. Sean Kilpatrick led all scorers with 19 points to go with a trio of three-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Cheikh Mbodj posted 10 points - his career high in a BIG EAST game - to go with five rebounds and two blocks. Justin Jackson added seven points, seven rebounds and a season-high six blocks.
Seton Hall (13-8, 2-6 BIG EAST) suffered its second consecutive loss on Wednesday, dropping a 74-52 decision at Georgetown. Brian Oliver led the Pirates with 13 points while Aaron Cosby added 12 points.
Cincinnati holds a slight 7-6 lead in the series, having won the last two meetings. Seton Hall is 3-0 in the series at home.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 14th meeting; Cincinnati leads 7-6 overall. Seton Hall leads 3-0 South Orange, N.J.
UC leads 3-1 in Cincinnati and 4-2 at neutral sites; STREAK - Cincinnati has won the last two games.
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 62-57 at Fifth Third Arena on Feb. 18, 2012.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (130-92); 10th season overall (199-116).
Kevin Willard is in his third season at Seton Hall (47-39); sixth season overall (92-88).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 24 in the AP poll and is No. 23 in the USA Today poll for the week of Jan. 28. Seton Hall is not ranked in either poll.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: ESPNU; Beth Mowins provides play-by-play with color analyst Tim Welsh. Paul Carcaterra reports.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-UC’s Mick Cronin is one win shy of 200 career coaching victories entering Saturday. He is 199-116 in his 10th season as a head coach. He is 130-92 in his seventh season at Cincinnati.
-A victory on Saturday at Seton Hall would improve the Bearcats to 6-3 in the BIG EAST. It would mark UC’s best record in the league through nine games since joining the conference prior to the start of the 2005-06 season.
-Sean Kilpatrick is averaging 23.5 points while shooting 44.1 percent from the field (26 of 59) and 41.5 percent from three-point range (17 of 41) in the last four games. He enters the weekend tied for third in the BIG EAST, averaging 18.4 points.
-Cashmere Wright needs two steals on Saturday to pass Darnell Burton (184 steals from 1993-97) for second in UC history. He is seven away from passing David Kennedy (189 steals from 1977-81) for the school record.
-Cheikh Mbodj is second in the BIG EAST and 29th in the nation (through 1/27) with 2.45 blocks.
-The Bearcats are averaging 6.76 blocks a game as a team this season - currently tied for second in school history with the 2000 squad (6.76 bpg) behind only the 2005 (6.85 bpg) unit.
-UC enters Saturday’s game at Seton Hall having won 12 of its last 15 games away from Fifth Third Arena starting with a 72-68 victory at Villanova in the 2012 BIG EAST regular-season finale on March 3. UC is 19-8 away from Fifth Third Arena since the start of last season.
-UC and Louisville are tied for league honors for the most wins away from home this season with seven.
-The Bearcats rank 12th in the nation in rebounding margin at +8.5 in statistics through Jan. 27. UC has been outrebounded in only three of its 21 games and only once in league play (St. John’s, 40-34).
Scouting Seton Hall
-Seton Hall enters Saturday’s contest having lost two in a row and six of its last seven games. The Pirates return home after suffering back-to-back road losses at St. John’s (71-67 on Jan. 27) and at Georgetown (74-52 on Jan. 30).
-Seton Hall leads the BIG EAST in three-pointers made (8.00 per game) and ranks second in three-point shooting percentage (.371). The Pirates are also fourth in assists with 14.9 per game.
-The Pirates have three players in the league’s Top 10 for three-pointers made in Aaron Cosby (eighth at 1.9), Brian Oliver (ninth at 1.88) and Fuquan Edwin (10th at 1.86).
-Edwin leads the Pirates and ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 16.7 points per game. He is also second in steals (2.48) and third in three-point shooting (45.3 percent).
-Eugune Teague is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game. He is third in the league in rebounding (7.9) and is fifth in field-goal shooting (55.7 percent).
-Tom Maayan leads Seton Hall and ranks 12th in the conference averaging 3.67 assists.
-The Pirates were picked to finish 14th in the BIG EAST according to a preseason poll of league coaches.
-Seton Hall was 21-13 overall last season with an 8-10 league record, tying for ninth in the conference standings. The Pirates lost in the second round of the Postseason NIT.