Feb. 13, 2013
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The University of Cincinnati wraps up a three-game homestand Friday when it welcomes No. 15 Georgetown to Fifth Third Arena for a 9 p.m. contest. The game will be televised by ESPN and can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
UC (19-6, 7-5 BIG EAST) is coming off a 68-50 home win over Villanova on Tuesday. Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker tied for game-high honors, scoring 19 points each for the Bearcats. Kilpatrick had four three-pointers and a game-high eight rebounds. Parker was 6 of 10 from the field to go with six rebounds. Cashmere Wright added 11 points along with four assists, no turnovers and three steals.
Georgetown (18-4, 8-3 BIG EAST) earned its sixth consecutive win on Monday, topping Marquette 63-55 at home. Otto Porter had a game-high 21 points with seven rebounds and three steals. Markel Starks (16) and Nate Lubick (10) also reached double figures in scoring.
UC has won the last four meetings against Georgetown, including a pair of games last season. The Bearcats own a slight 6-5 lead overall in the series with a 2-1 mark in games played in the Queen City.
Game at a Glance:
Series Info: 12th meeting; Cincinnati owns a 6-5 lead overall in series history. UC leads 2-1 in Cincinnati and 1-0 at neutral sites. Georgetown leads 4-3 in Washington, D.C. STREAK - UC has won the last four meetings.
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 72-70 in double overtime in the quarterfinals of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship on March 8 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (132-94); 10th season overall (201-118).
John Thompson III is in his ninth season at Georgetown (202-86); 13th season overall (270-128).
Rankings: Cincinnati is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today polls for the week of Feb. 11.
Georgetown is ranked No. 15 in both the AP and USA Today polls for the week of Feb. 11.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger produces.
TV: ESPN; John Saunders provides play-by-play with color analyst Bob Knight. Aaron Stojkov produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-A BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year candidate, Sean Kilpatrick ranks among league leaders (through Feb. 12) in scoring (fourth at 18.2 points) and three-pointers made (second with 2.68).
-Kilpatrick has led UC in scoring in each of the last seven contests while being the game's high scorer six times. He is averaging 20.7 points during the stretch while shooting 41.1 percent from the field (46 of 112). He also has made a team-high 26 three-pointers and swiped a team-best nine steals while averaging 5.1 rebounds.
-Cashmere Wright needs one steal on Friday for the school record for career steals. He is tied with David "Puffy" Kennedy (189 from 1977-81).
-Wright is the only player in school history to tally at least 1,200 career points as well as 450 assists and 175 steals.
-Wright is also only eight games shy of becoming the all-time leader in games played. He is currently tied with Darnell Burton (130 games from 1994-97) for sixth place in school history.
-A win Friday against Georgetown would give UC at least 20 wins in a season for the third consecutive year. The Bearcats were 26-9 in 2011 and 26-11 a year ago. The last time the Bearcats' program won at least 20 games in three consecutive seasons was 2004-06 under Bob Huggins.
-UC scored 21 points off 19 Villanova turnovers on Tuesday. It marked the Bearcats' most points off turnovers since the start of league play and the most since scoring 31 points off 32 Arkansas-Little Rock miscues on Dec. 6.
-UC opponents are scoring 12.87 points below their average during BIG EAST play.
-The Bearcats have 159 blocks this season, sixth most in school history. UC is averaging 6.36 blocks per game, currently third in school history.
-Georgetown comes to Fifth Third Arena on Friday ranked 15th in the AP and USA Today polls, having won eight of its last nine games, including each of its last six contests.
-The Hoyas rank second in the BIG EAST and eighth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 55.7 points to their opponents. GU also ranks second in the league and 11th in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 37.6 percent.
-The Hoyas rank among the league leaders in field goal shooting (fourth at 46.0 percent), three-point shooting (fifth at 34.5 percent), assists (fifth at 14.91) and steals (fifth at 7.55).
-Otto Porter ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.3 ppg) and third in rebounding (7.9 rpg). He is also sixth in steals (1.86 spg) and ninth in field-goal shooting (50.4 percent).
-Markel Starks ranks second on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) while leading GU in three-pointers (38). He is tied with Nate Lubick for team-high honors in assists with 2.9 per game.