UC junior forward Titus Rubles
Feb. 4, 2013
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CINCINNATI - Playing a road game for the fifth time in its last seven games, the 17th-ranked University of Cincinnati men's basketball team travels to Providence on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ET contest. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Ohio and ESPN3 and also can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
UC (18-4, 6-3 BIG EAST) has won five of six during the stretch after earning a 65-59 victory at Seton Hall on Saturday. Sean Kilpatrick posted a game-high 21 points with five three-pointers and a game-high seven rebounds. Cashmere Wright added 17 points, going 7 of 7 from the free-throw line and handing out four assists. Cheikh Mbodj had seven points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
Providence (11-11, 3-7 BIG EAST) snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday with a 55-52 win at Villanova. Byrce Cotton hit the game-winning three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left as part of his game-high 18 points. He also had six rebounds and five assists. Josh Fortune added 15 points for the Friars with five three-pointers.
The UC-Providence series is tied 4-4. Providence leads 2-1 at home. The Bearcats have won the last three meetings, including an 81-66 decision at Fifth Third Arena on Feb. 15, 2012.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: Ninth meeting; The series is tied 4-4. Providence leads 2-1 in Providence. Cincinnati leads 3-2 in Cincinnati. The teams have never met at a neutral site. STREAK - Cincinnati has won the last three games.
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 81-66 at Fifth Third Arena on Feb. 15, 2012.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (131-92); 10th season overall (200-116).
Ed Cooley is in his second season at Providence (26-28); seventh season overall (118-97).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 17 in both the AP and USA Today polls for the week of Feb. 4.
Providence is not ranked in either poll.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: BEN/FSO; Don Orsillo provides play-by-play with color analyst Ron Perry. Chris Ackerknecht produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-UC enters Wednesday's game having won six of its first nine BIG EAST Conference games in a season for the first time in its eight years in the league (joined for 2005-06 season).
-A win Wednesday at Providence would give UC its best record after 23 games (19-4) since the 2001-02 Bearcats started the season at 21-2 en route to winning the Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles; advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finishing 31-4.
-The Bearcats are a BIG EAST-best 8-1 away from home this season with five wins in true road games. -UC has won 13 of its last 16 games away from Fifth Third Arena dating back to last season.
-Mick Cronin earned his 200th career coaching victory Saturday when UC beat Seton Hall. Cronin posted a 69-24 three-year record at Murray State and is 131-92 in seven seasons with the Bearcats.
-A BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year candidate, Sean Kilpatrick ranks as the league's third-leading scorer at 18.5 points per game (through Feb. 3). He is tied with Connecticut's Shabazz Napier for second in the league in scoring since the start of conference play, averaging 18.1 points, behind only Bryce Cotton of Providence (20.7 points).
-Over the last five games Kilpatrick is averaging 23.0 points while shooting 43.6 percent from the field (34 of 78) and 39.3 percent from three-point range (22 of 56). He is also averaging 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals during the stretch.
-Kilpatrick has score 20 or more points in eight games this season, including three times in UC's last five games. He also has made five or more three-pointers in three of the last four games.
-Cashmere Wright needs one steal on Wednesday to pass Darnell Burton (184 steals from 1993-97) for second in UC history. He is six away from the school record (David Kennedy, 189 steals from 1977-81).
-Providence's win at Villanova on Sunday snapped a three-game losing streak. The Friars battled Connecticut into overtime before losing 82-79 on Jan. 31.
-Providence ranks second in the league and 10th in the nation in defending the three-point shot. The Friars are limiting opponents to 28.6 percent shooting from behind the arc.
-Providence also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding (third at 37.9) and rebounding margin (sixth at +4.0).
-Bryce Cotton leads the BIG EAST and ranks sixth in the nation in scoring at 21.4 points per game. He also leads the league in three-pointers per game (3.35) and is eighth in three-point shooting at 40.9 percent.
-LaDontae Henton averages 13.8 points and is second in the conference in rebounding at 8.1 boards per game. He ranks 30th in the nation with eight double-doubles this season.
-Kadeem Batts ranks third on the team in scoring at 11.0 points. He is seventh in the league, averaging 7.0 rebounds.
-Providence was 15-17 overall last season with a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST, finishing 15th in the league standings.