Men's Basketball |
Feb. 11, 2013
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The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team looks to snap a two-game losing streak Tuesday when it plays host to Villanova at Fifth Third Arena. The game tips at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on the BIG EAST Network locally by FOX Sports Ohio and is available on ESPN3. The game also can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
UC (18-6, 6-5 BIG EAST) dropped a 62-52 decision to No. 23 Pittsburgh at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday. Sean Kilpatrick led UC in scoring for the sixth consecutive game pouring in a game-high 16 points. Titus Rubles added eight points and eight rebounds. JaQuon Parker had seven points.
Villanova (15-9, 6-5 BIG EAST) won its second consecutive game by claiming a 68-40 home win against USF on Saturday. Darrun Hilliard scored a game-high 17 points while JayVaughn Pinkston tallied 10 points and five rebounds. Mouphtaou Yarou added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Cincinnati won both meetings last season: an 82-78 home win on Jan. 14 and a 72-68 decision at Villanova in the regular-season finale on March 3. Villanova owns a 6-3 lead overall in the series, including a 3-2 lead in Cincinnati.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 10th meeting; Villanova owns a 6-3 lead overall in series history. Villanova leads 3-2 in Cincinnati and 3-1 in Philadelphia. The teams have not played a neutral site contest in series history.
STREAK - UC has won the last two meetings.
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 72-68 at Villanova on March 3, 2012.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (131-94); 10th season overall (200-118).
Jay Wright is in his 12th season at Villanova (252-139); 19th season overall (374-224).
Rankings: Cincinnati and Villanova are not ranked in the AP or USA Today polls for the week of Feb. 11.
Cincinnati is receiving votes in both polls.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger produces.
TV: BIG EAST Network/FSO; Jim Barbar provides play-by-play with color analyst Bob Wenzel. Todd Kulis produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-A BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year candidate, Sean Kilpatrick ranks among league leaders (through Feb. 9) in scoring (fourth at 18.2 points) and three-pointers made (second with 2.63).
-Kilpatrick has led UC in scoring in each of the last six contests while being the game’s high scorer five times. During the stretch Kilpatrick is averaging 21.0 points while shooting 40.0 percent from the field (40 of 100). He also has made a team-high 22 three-pointers and swiped a team-best eight steals while averaging 4.7 rebounds.
-Cashmere Wright is four steals shy of the school record. The senior has 186 steals, trailing only David “Puffy” Kennedy (189 from 1977-81).
-Wright is also only nine games away from becoming the all-time leader in games played. He has played in 129 contests in his career entering Tuesday, trailing former teammate and current record holder Dion Dixon (137 from 2009-12).
-Titus Rubles leads the Bearcats in rebounding (6.0 rpg), is second in assists (2.22 apg) and ranks fourth in scoring (6.4 points).
-Rubles has led UC in rebounding in nine games this season and grabbed eight or more rebounds nine times. He also has made 21 of his last 26 free-throw attempts (80.9 percent) over the last six games.
-The Bearcats rank among the best shot-blocking teams in the BIG EAST and the country entering the week. UC ranks third in the BIG EAST (6.42 through Feb. 9) and seventh in the nation (6.6 through Feb. 7) in blocks per game.
-UC’s 154 blocks this season are tied for sixth most in school history with the 2001-02 squad. The Bearcats’ 6.42 block per game currently rank third in school history behind the 2004-05 squad (6.85) and the 1999-2000 team (6.76).
-The Bearcats have been out-rebounded in only three of 24 games this season.
-Villanova comes to Fifth Third Arena on Tuesday having won two in a row and four of its last six contests. Last week the Wildcats won a pair of games by more that 20 points at DePaul (94-71 on Feb. 5) and at home against USF (68-40 on Feb. 9).
-Three Wildcats average double figures in scoring: JayVaughn Pinkston (12.5 points per game), Darrun Hilliard (11.7) and Ryan Arcidiacono (11.3).
-Arcidiacono ranks among the BIG EAST leaders in three-pointers per game (sixth at 2.04), free-throw shooting (ninth at 81.1 percent) and assists (14th at 3.38).
-Mouphtaou Yarou ranks ninth in the league, averaging 6.8 rebounds.
-Villanova ranks among the top teams in the BIG EAST in three-pointers per game (fourth at 6.50), free-throw shooting (fourth at 71.9 percent), rebounding (fourth at 37.7 per game) and rebounding margin (fifth at +4.0).