Feb. 13, 2014
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CINCINNATI - The 10th-ranked University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team plays host to Houston on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. The game tips at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPNU and 700 WLW.
Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.
Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1 American Athletic Conference) saw its 15-game win streak snapped at SMU 76-55 last Saturday in Dallas. Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 22 points with a trio of three-pointers and 9-of-11 shooting at the free-throw line to go with six rebounds. Justin Jackson had 10 points and nine rebounds. Titus Rubles added eight points, five rebounds and five steals.
Houston (12-12, 4-7 American) ended a five-game losing streak on Sunday, posting an 88-74 home win over Temple. TaShawn Thomas poured in 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field to go with nine rebounds and six blocks. Jherrod Stiggers scored 20 points thanks in part to five three-pointers.
Cincinnati held off Houston 61-60 at Houston on Jan. 7. Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 17 points. Jermaine Sanders added 11 points with a trio a three-pointers. Rubles had seven points and 10 rebounds.
The Bearcats lead the series with Houston 23-1 overall. UC has won 11 consecutive games against the Cougars.
Following Saturday’s contest, UC travels to Orlando, Fla., to take on UCF on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. ET.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 25th Meeting; Cincinnati leads 23-1; Cincinnati leads 11-0 in Cincinnati and
11-1 in Houston; The teams have never met at a neutral site.
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 11
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 61-60 at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston on Jan. 7, 2014.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (157-103); 11th season overall (226-127). James Dickey is in his fourth season at Houston (59-58); 14th season overall (212-192).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the USA Today poll.
Houston is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: ESPNU; Adam Amin provides play-by-play with color analyst Brooke Weisbrod.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-Cincinnati is off to its best start overall (22-3) and in conference play (11-1) in Mick Cronin’s eight-year tenure as head coach.
-The Bearcats are off to their best start since the 2001-02 squad began 26-3 en route to finishing 31-4 overall - the school record for wins in a season.
-UC has an 18-game home win streak. The Bearcats won their final two home games last season and are 16-0 at Fifth Third Arena in 2013-14. The win over UConn (Feb. 6) set the arena record for most consecutive home wins to start a season.
-Sean Kilpatrick was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list on Thursday. He leads the American, averaging 19.8 points.
-He was tabbed the American’s Player of the Week for the second consecutive week on Monday.
He averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 three-pointers in a 1-1 week for the Bearcats. Over the last five games, Kilpatrick is averaging 24.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists with 18 three-pointers. He has led the Bearcats in scoring in each of the last 11 games and in 22 of 25 contests this season.
-Kilpatrick can achieve three milestones on Saturday against Houston. By simply taking the court against the Cougars he will set the school record for consecutive games played at 132, passing Keith Gregor (131 games from 1993-95). By playing 15 minutes against Houston, he will become only the second player at UC to record at least 4,000 career minutes played, joining Deonta Vaughn (4,310 minutes [2007-10].)
-He also needs five points to become only the third player in school history to score as many as 500 points in three consecutive seasons, joining Oscar Robertson (1958-60) and Danny Fortson (1995-97). Kilpatrick ranks 18th nationally with 495 points this season. He scored 528 points in 2011-12 and 577 points in 2012-13.