Round Two: Cincinnati at UConn
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GAME 24: CINCINNATI AT CONNECTICUT

Saturday, Feb. 13 | Noon | XL Center (16,500) | Hartford, Conn. | TV: BIG EAST Network/WKRC-Local 12 | Radio: 700 WLW

 

THE MATCH-UP

With seven games remaining in the regular season, the Cincinnati Bearcats (14-9, 5-6 BIG EAST) kick off a crucial two-game road swing on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Noon when it travels to Connecticut for the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week. UC downed UConn, 71-69, in its BIG EAST opener on Dec. 30 thanks to two free throws by freshman Lance Stephenson with 0.7 seconds remaining to give Cincinnati its fi rst win over the Huskies. After missing seven games due to a medical leave of absence, Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun returns to the sidelines vs. the Bearcats. During his absence, the Huskies were 3-4. Sunday’s game will be telecast on the BIG EAST Network and locally on WKRC-Local 12 with Mike Gleason (pxp), Mike Kelley (analyst), and Andy Katz (courtside) handling the call. Dan Hoard (pxp) and Chuck Machock (analyst) will call the game on 700 WLW.

 

THE SERIES

Saturday’s game will be the seventh meeting between Cincinnati and Connecticut. UConn holds a 5-1 lead in the series after the Bearcats defeated the Huskies, 71-69, in the conference opener for both teams on Dec. 30. It was UC’s fi rst win over Connecticut in program history. Freshman Lance Stephenson made two free throws with 0.7 seconds to play to secure the two-point win and cap off a 21-point outing in his BIG EAST debut . The Bearcats are 0-1 vs. the Huskies in Hartford all-time.

 

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES 2009-10 QUICK FACTS

·         Connecticut enters the contest with a 14-10 overall record and a 4-7 BIG EAST mark after falling to No. 3/4 Syracuse, 72-67, on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

·         UConn has won three of its last four home games, including a win over then-No. 1 Texas, 88-74, on Jan. 23.

·         One of the strengths of the Huskies is their defense as they are forcing their opponents to 38.3 percent shooting from the fl oor, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and 61st nationally.

·         Connecticut is holding its opponents to 32.3 percent shooting from behind the arc, ranking 12th nationally entering the week.

·         The off ense is led by four players averaging 10 or more points a game. Senior guard Jerome Dyson is the team’s top scorer at 19.0 ppg, which is fourth-best in the conference.

·         Dyson is followed by Stanley Robinson (16.2 ppg), Kemba Walker (13.4 ppg), and Gavin Edwards (10.8 ppg).

·         Freshman Alex Oriakhi leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7.6 rpg, placing him 10th in the BIG EAST overall and fi rst among all freshmen in the conference.

·         The Huskies are fi rst in the BIG EAST in blocks, averaging 8.4 blocks per game. Cincinnati is tied for 12th at 3.4 per game.

·         UConn and UC are the top two defensive rebounding teams in the conference, pulling down 26.8 defensive rebounds apiece.

·         Walker leads the team and is fi rst in the league in assists, dishing out 5.88 assists per contest.

TEAM COMPARISONS

CURRENT BEARCATS VS. CONNECTICUT

·         UC has two players averaging over 19.0 ppg in their careers against the Huskies in freshman Lance Stephenson and senior Deonta Vaughn.

·         In his BIG EAST debut on Dec. 30, Stephenson scored 21 points, including the game-winning free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining to close out the two-point win.

·         Senior Deonta Vaughn averages 19.8 ppg in his career against Connecticut in four games. The Indianapolis, Ind., native is shooting 51.9 percent (27-of-52) from the fl oor and from behind-the-arc (14-of-27) in four career games against the Huskies.

·         In addition to his points, Vaughn is also averaging 4.5rebounds per game and 2.0 steals per game vs. UConn.

 

FEB. 7 - SYRACUSE GAME NOTES

·         The Orange closed out the game with a 28-5 run of their own over the fi nal 12:12 to defeat Cincinnati, 71-54.

·         The Bearcats went scoreless from the fl oor over the fi nal 8:16 (0-of-8).

·         Syracuse shot 60.0 percent from the fi eld in the second half and 51.1 percent (24-of-47) for the game compared to 39.1 percent in the second-half and 41.7 percent (20-of-48) overall for Cincinnati.

·         SU’s bench outscored UC’s 28-11. The Bearcats are 0-4 on the season when their opponent’s bench outscores Cincinnati’s bench.

·         Cincinnati outrebounded Syracuse, 30-29, falling to 12-5 when outrebounding its opponents.

·         An Andy Rautins 3-pointer with 16:29 remaining in the second half gave Syracuse a seven-point lead, 41-34.

·         UC responded with a 15-2 run over the next 4:03 to take a 49-43 lead with 12:26 to play.