No. 7 Cincinnati Hosts No. 11 Louisville on Saturday

Feb. 20, 2014

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CINCINNATI - The seventh-ranked University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team plays host to long-time rival and 11th-ranked Louisville on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at Fifth Third Arena. The game tips at Noon ET and will be broadcast on CBS and 700 WLW.

Fans are encouraged to wear white as part of UC's annual "White Out" contest.

Cincinnati (24-3, 13-1 American) won for the 17th time in 18 games on Wednesday posting a 77-49 road win at UCF. Sean Kilpatrick became UC’s second all-time leading scorer when he poured in a game-high 23 points and matched his season high with six three-pointers. With 1,990 career points he passed Steve Logan (1,985 points/1999-2002) for second and is 10 points shy of joining the legendary Oscar Robertson (2,973 points/1958-60) as the only Bearcats to score 2,000 points.

Justin Jackson added 10 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals against the Knights. Jermaine Sanders had nine points and five rebounds.

Louisville (22-4, 11-2 American) has won its last five games after posting an 80-54 home win over USF on Tuesday. Four Cardinals scored in double figures led by Russ Smith’s 19 points. Luke Hancock had 16 points while Montrezl Harrell added 14 points and Terry Rozier scored 13 points.

UC earned a 69-66 victory when the two teams last met in Louisville on Jan. 30. Kilpatrick scored 28 points with a trio of three-pointers and 11-of-11 shooting at the free-throw line. Jackson added 11 points and nine rebounds. Shaquille Thomas had 11 points and six rebounds. Harrell paced Louisville with 18 points. Smith had 16 points.

Saturday marks the 99th meeting between the familiar rivals. Louisville leads the overall series 55-43. UC owns a 24-21 advantage in the Queen City. The Bearcats have won four of the last six meetings dating back to a 69-66 victory in the second round of the BIG EAST tournament on March, 10, 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

UC returns to the road on March 1 when it plays UConn in Hartford, Conn., at Noon ET on ESPN.

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 99th meeting; Louisville leads 55-43 overall; Cincinnati leads 24-21 in Cincinnati;
Louisville leads 31-16 in Louisville; The series is tied 3-3 at neutral sites.  
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 1
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 69-66 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Jan. 30, 2014.  
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (159-103); 11th season overall (228-127). Rick Pitino is in his 13th season at Louisville (333-115); 29th season overall (687-243).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the USA Today poll.
Louisville is ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the USA Today poll.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: CBS; Kevin Harlan provides play-by-play with color analyst Greg Anthony.  
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

-Cincinnati is off to its best start overall (24-3) and in conference play (13-1) 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.
-The Bearcats have won 19 consecutive home games dating back to last season. A win over Louisville would tie the Fifth Third Arena record for consecutive home wins in a season at 18. UC won its final two home dates last season and is 17-0 at home during the 2013-14 campaign.
-#SK2K: Sean Kilpatrick needs 10 points against Louisville to join the legendary Oscar Robertson (2,973 points/1958-60) as the only players in school history to score at least 2,000 career points. Kilpatrick passed Steve Logan (1,985 points/1999-2002) for second place on the scoring list when he netted 23 points at UCF on Wednesday.
-Kilpatrick was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list on Feb. 13 and leads the American in scoring (20.2 points) and three-pointers made (2.8 per game).
-Justin Jackson entered the week ranked eighth in the nation in total blocks (81). He 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 (fifth at 57.0 percent), rebounds (t-fourth at 7.0) and steals (seventh at 1.7).
-Titus Rubles is ranked eighth in the American in rebounding since the start of league action (6.5 per game). He has pulled down at least six rebounds in 10 of UC’s last 14 contests.
-Saturday’s game is the first matchup of Top 12 teams at Fifth Third Arena since No. 4 Cincinnati defeated No. 9 Marquette 63-62 on Feb. 22, 2002. Saturday marks only the 12th time two Top 12 teams have met in the Queen City.