Cincinnati Plays at No. 18/19 Marquette|
Feb. 10, 2012
Cincinnati Plays at No. 18/19 Marquette on Saturday
The University of Cincinnati plays at No. 18/19 Marquette on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by ESPNU and ESPN3 and can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
The Bearcats (17-7, 7-4 BIG EAST) are coming off a 76-54 road win at St. John’s on Wednesday. Four Bearcats scored in double figures led by Sean Kilpatrick and Yancy Gates, who tallied 14 points each. Cashmere Wright recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles (20-5, 9-3 BIG EAST) have won eight of their last nine games, including an 89-76 road victory at DePaul on Monday. Darius Johnson-Odom led all scorers with 23 points against the Blue Demons.
UC has won its last three road games this season against ranked opponents, defeating then-No. 22 Pittsburgh (66-63 on Jan. 1); then-No. 11 Georgetown (68-64 on Jan. 9); and then-No. 13 Connecticut (70-67 on Jan. 18).
The Bearcats lead the series with Marquette 25-18 all-time, including a 67-60 decision in Milwaukee on March 2, 2011.
STREAKS, STORYLINES & SIDEBARS
The Bearcats have won seven of their first 11 games to start league play for the first time since joining the conference (beginning with the 2005-06 season).
The Bearcats have won five of their last seven road games and 10 of their last 13 road games dating back to last season.
UC has knocked off three ranked teams on the road this season: holding off then-No. 13/11 Connecticut 70-67 on Jan. 18 in Storrs, Conn., surprising then-No.11 Georgetown 68-64 on Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C., and topping then-No. 22 Pittsburgh 66-63 on Jan. 1 in Pittsburgh.
The Bearcats are averaging just 10.8 turnovers a game this season and have committed less than 10 miscues in seven of 11 BIG EAST games this season (9.2 turnovers per game in league play).
Cincinnati has played in a BIG EAST-high nine games decided by five or less points or in overtime this season. Its five wins in such games are tied with Georgetown and Marquette for most in the conference.
The Bearcats have held 19 of their 24 opponents under 70 points, including 14 opponents to 60 or fewer points.