Feb. 18, 2014
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The seventh-ranked University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team travels to Orlando, Fla. to face UCF on Wednesday. The game tips at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPNU and 700 WLW.
Cincinnati (23-3, 12-1 American) claimed a 73-62 home win over Houston on Saturday. Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats in scoring for the 12th consecutive game, posting a game-high 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 shooting at the foul line. He also dished out a game-high six assists. Justin Jackson scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes. Shaquille Thomas poured in 11 points.
UCF (10-13, 2-10 American) snapped a nine-game losing streak Saturday with a 75-74 win at rival USF. Isaiah Sykes scored a game-high 27 points on 11-of-24 shooting, including the game-winning basket with less than two seconds left.
UC leads the brief series with UCF 2-0, including a 69-51 victory at Fifth Third Arena on Jan. 23. Kilpatrick scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Justin Jackson added 12 points and Jermaine Sanders had 10 points. Calvin Newell paced UCF with a team-best 12 points.
Wednesday marks the first game in UC-UCF series history played at UCF. The only other meeting resulted in a 62-48 Bearcats’ win in the Citrus Bowl Classic on Dec. 30, 1983.
UC returns home on Saturday to play host to No. 11 Louisville at Noon on CBS. The game is sold out. Fans are encouraged to wear white as part of UC’s annual “White Out” contest.
Game at at Glance
Series Info: Third Meeting; Cincinnati leads 2-0 overall; UC leads 1-0 in Cincinnati and 1-0 at neutral sites.
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 2
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 69-51 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Jan. 23, 2014.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (158-103); 11th season overall (227-127). Donny Jones is in his fourth season at UCF (73-47); seventh season overall (128-88).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the USA Today poll. UCF is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: ESPNU; Jason Benetti provides play-by-play with color analyst Tim Welsh.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-Cincinnati is off to its best start overall (23-3) and in conference play (12-1) 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.
-Sean Kilpatrick was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list on Feb. 13. He leads the American, averaging 20.1 points.
-He was named to the league’s weekly honor roll for the seventh time this season on Monday after scoring 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field and 8 of 9 from the free-throw line while handing out a game-high six assists in the Bearcats win over Houston last week. He was 6 of 6 from the foul line, handed out three assists and grabbed a rebound during the final 3:49 to extend a 59-58 UC lead to its 11-point margin of victory.
-Kilpatrick needs 19 points against UCF to move past Steve Logan (1,985 points/1999-2002) into second place on UC’s career scoring list. He is 33 points shy of joining Oscar Robertson (2,973 points/1958-60) as the only 2,000-point scorers in program history.
-Justin Jackson ranks eighth in the nation in total blocks (81) and is listed among the league’s Top 10 in five categories: blocks (first at 3.1), offensive rebounds (second at 3.2), field-goal shooting (fourth at 57.9 percent), rebounds (fifth at 7.0) and steals (seventh at 1.7).
-Titus Rubles ranks seventh in the American in rebounding since the start of league action (6.7 per game). He has pulled down at least six rebounds in 10 of UC’s last 13 contests.
-Entering the week at 12-1 in the American Athletic Conference with only five league games remaining, Cincinnati is the first team to clinch one of six first-round byes in the conference tournament March 12-15 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARACATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.