UC Battles Pittsburgh in Top-25 Matchup
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Feb. 7, 2013

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The 17th-ranked University of Cincinnati men's basketball team plays host to No. 23 Pittsburgh on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. The game tips at 6 p.m. ET, will be televised on ESPN and can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.

Saturday's game is also the annual "White Out" game. Fans are encouraged to wear white.

UC (18-5, 6-4 BIG EAST) suffered a 54-50 upset loss at Providence on Wednesday, losing away from home for only the second time in 10 games this season. Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 13 points. JaQuon Parker recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. The Bearcats rallied from a 13-point deficit with 6:49 left to pull within 49-48 with 2:28. However, UC could not complete the comeback.

Pittsburgh (19-5, 7-4 BIG EAST) won its second game in a row, posting a 56-46 home win over Seton Hall on Monday. Lamar Patterson led the Panthers with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tray Woodall had 11 points and Steven Adams added eight points and 15 rebounds.

Cincinnati has won the last two meetings, including a 70-61 win at Pitt on New Year's Eve. UC leads the series 9-8 overall, including a 5-2 advantage in Cincinnati.

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 18th meeting; Cincinnati leads 9-8 overall; UC leads 5-2 in Cincinnati; Pitt leads 5-4 in Pittsburgh and 1-0 at neutral sites. STREAK - Cincinnati has won the last two games.
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 70-61 in Pittsburgh on Dec. 31, 2012.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (131-93); 10th season overall (200-117).
Jamie Dixon is in his 10th season as head coach at Pittsburgh (257-82); 10th season overall (257-82).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 17 in both the AP and USA Today polls for the week of Feb. 4.
Pittsburgh is ranked No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the USA Today poll for the week of Feb. 4.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger produces.
TV: ESPN; Mike Patrick provides play-by-play with color analyst Len Elmore. Eric Mosley produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

Cincinnati Storylines
-A BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year candidate, Sean Kilpatrick ranks among league leaders (through Feb. 6) in scoring (third at 18.3 points) and three-pointers made (second with 2.65).
-Cashmere Wright ranks among the league leaders in seven categories (through Feb. 6): three-pointers made (fourth with 2.32); three-point shooting (11th at 39.8 percent); steals (eighth at 1.77); assist-to-turnover ratio (10th at 1.74-to-1); free-throw shooting (eighth at 81.3 percent; scoring (17th at 13.9 points) and assists (14th at 3.41).
-Cheikh Mbodj is second in the league (2.48 through Feb. 6) and 23rd in the nation (2.55 through Feb. 3), in blocks. Mbodj has 57 blocks on the season after posting 19 blocks in 28 games last season.
-Mbodj is averaging 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over the last four games. He is shooting 57.9 percent (11 of 19) from the field and 83.3 percent (10 of 12) from the free-throw line during the stretch.
-The Bearcats have won 10 of their last 15 games against ranked opponents dating back to a 66-63 win at then-No. 22 Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2012.
-Since the 2010-11 campaign, UC is 6-1 in the second meeting against BIG EAST teams it played earlier in the same season.
-The Bearcats have been out-rebounded in only three of 23 games this season.
-The NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) are celebrating 75 years of March Madness by commissioning one-of-a-kind paintings celebrating each of the national championship coaches who led their teams into history. A painting of UC head coach Ed Jucker of the 1961 and 1962 title-winning Bearcats will be on display during the Pitt game on the north concourse of Fifth Third Arena at the UCATS Fan's First Center.

Scouting Pittsburgh
-Pittsburgh has won two in a row and six of its last seven entering the weekend. The Panthers' seven conference win are tied for most in the BIG EAST.
-Three Panthers average double figures in scoring: Tray Woodall (10.8 ppg), Talib Zanna (10.5 ppg) and Lamar Patterson (10.2 ppg).
-Woodall ranks third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6-to-1) and is sixth in assists (5.42).
Steven Adams ranks among the league leaders in field goal shooting (third at 58.3 percent); blocks (fourth at 1.96) and rebounding (ninth at 6.7).
-The Panthers lead the BIG EAST in scoring defense (54.5 points), rebounding defense (27.5 rebounds) and rebounding margin (+8.5). Pitt also ranks second in field-goal shooting (48.4 percent) and assists (17.17) and is third in three-point shooting (35.4 percent) and turnover margin (+3.25).