Feb. 1, 2014
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CINCINNATI - The No. 13/15 University of Cincinnati men's basketball team returns home on Sunday to play host to USF. The game tips at Noon ET and will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network and 700 WLW.
Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets 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 (20-2, 9-0 American) extended its win streak to 13 games on Thursday with a 69-66 win at No. 12/7 Louisville. Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 28 points, shooting 11 of 11 from the free-throw line while Justin Jackson added 11 points and nine rebounds and Shaquille Thomas poured in 11 points.
USF (11-10, 2-6 American) snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 78-71 home win over SMU. Victor Rudd scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting while Corey Allen Jr., and Chris Perry added 18 points each.
The Bearcats defeated the Bulls 61-54 earlier this season in Tampa on Jan. 18. Kilpatrick led all scorers with 18 points.
Cincinnati leads the series 25-8 overall, including a 14-1 lead in Cincinnati.
The Bearcats remain home to play host to UConn on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 34th meeting; Cincinnati leads 25-8 overall; UC leads 14-1 in Cincinnati; UC leads 9-6 in Tampa;
UC leads 2-1 at neutral sites.
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 2
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 61-54 in Tampa on Jan. 18, 2014.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (155-102); 11th season overall (224-126).
Stan Heath is in his seventh season at USF (99-120); 13th season overall (208-197).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA Today poll. USF 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's current rankings (13/15) are its highest since Dec. 24, 2012 when it was listed 8/8.
-UC is off to its best start overall (20-2) and in conference play (9-0) in Mick Cronin's eight-year tenure as head coach. Entering play on Friday, UC was one of 11 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.
-UC's current 13-game win streak is its longest since starting the 2010-11 campaign 15-0.
-The Bearcats are 9-0 in league play for the first time since 1999-2000 (finished 16-0 in Conference USA).
-UC has a 16-game home win streak. The Bearcats won their final two home games last season and are 14-0 at Fifth Third Arena in 2013-14. A win Sunday will tie the arena record for most home wins to start a season.
-Sean Kilpatrick leads the American in scoring (19.5 points per game), ranks second in three-pointers made (2.6) and third in free-throw shooting (86.2 percent). He is averaging 23.4 points while shooting 44.0 percent (37 of 84) from the field over UC's last five games.
Kilpatrick (1,873 points) needs 13 points against USF to move into third place on the UC career scoring list, passing Danny Fortson (1,881 points/1995-97) and Deonta Vaughn (1,885 points/2007-10).
-Justin Jackson ranks third in the nation in total blocks (73) and eighth in blocks per game (3.32). He ranks among the AAC's leaders in blocks (first at 3.3), offensive rebounds (first at 3.3), rebounds (fourth at 7.0) and field-goal shooting (fifth at 55.1 percent).
-Titus Rubles is averaging career highs in minutes played (27.2), points (7.4) and rebounds (6.4). He ranks seventh in the American in rebounding since the start of league action (7.4).
-Shaquille Thomas is UC's second-leading scorer over the past four games, averaging 10.5 points while shooting 66.7 percent from the field (16 of 24).