Sunday Matinee at Fifth Third - Marquette at Cincinnati
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Feb. 21, 2010

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Game 26: Marquette at Cincinnati

Sunday, Feb. 21 | 2 p.m. | Fifth Third Arena (13,176) | Cincinnati, Ohio | TV: BIG EAST Network/FS Ohio | Radio: 700 WLW

 

 

THE MATCH-UP

After a two-game road trip in which the Cincinnati Bearcats (15-10, 6-7 BIG EAST) knocked off Connecticut, 60-48, and lost to USF, 65-57, they return home for a pair of games starting with Marquette on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. The Bearcats are 11-2 at home this season. Marquette (16-9, 7-6 BIG EAST) is one of the hottest teams in the conference as of late, winning five in a row before losing at home to nationally-ranked Pittsburgh on Thursday night, 58-51. Sunday’s game will be telecast on the BIG EAST Network and locally on FOX Sports Ohio with Anthony Calhoun (play-by-play), Anthony Buford (analyst) and Mark Adams (analyst) handling the call. Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Chuck Machock (analyst) will call the game on 700 WLW.

 

THE SERIES

Cincinnati holds a 24-17 advantage in the all-time series vs. Marquette and is 13-6 in Cincinnati. The Golden Eagles have won the last two meetings in the series, including an 84-50 victory last year in Milwaukee on Jan. 4 in UC’s BIG EAST Conference opener. Since the two schools joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06, the series is tied at 2-2 with UC winning the first two match-ups and Marquette winning the last two. UC head coach Mick Cronin is 0-2 vs. the Golden Eagles.

 

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES

·         Marquette is 16-9 overall and 7-6 in the BIG EAST after winning five conference games in a row before losing, 58-51, at home vs. nationally-ranked Pittsburgh on Thursday, Feb. 18.

·         The Golden Eagles own a 2-4 record on the road in conference play and are 2-5 overall away from the Bradley Center.

·         Marquette is one of the nation’s top scoring teams, scoring 74.3 points per game which ranks 53rd in the country.

·         MU is second in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at 41.6 percent (199-of-478) and is scoring 32.1 percent of its total points from behind the arc (597-of-1,858).

·         Senior forward Lazar Hayward leads the team in scoring and ranks seventh in the conference at 18.3 points a game.

·         Hayward also is tops on the team and is seventh in BIG EAST play in rebounding at 8.0 boards per contest.

·         Junior guard/forward Jimmy Butler and sophomore guard Darius Johnson-Odom also average double figures at 15.3 and 12.4 points per game, respectively.

·         Marquette comes into the game 16th in the BIG EAST in rebounding, pulling down just 33.0 rebounds per game. The Eagles are allowing their opponents just 32.1 rebounds a night for a +0.9 rebounding margin.

·         Taking care of the basketball is a key contributor to Marquette’s success this season as the team is turning the ball over just 10.4 times a game and owns a +4.5 turnover margin. Its 10.4 turnovers per game is sixth in the NCAA.

·         The Golden Eagles are 25th in the country in assists per game (15.7), led by Maurice Acker’s 3.6 assists a night. Overall five players average two or more assists a game.

 

CURRENT BEARCATS VS. MARQUETTE

·         Senior guard Deonta Vaughn is the Bearcats top scorer vs. Marquette, posting 12.5 points per game in two career games. He scored 23 points at home vs. the Eagles as sophomore in 2007-08 and was shut out last season at Marquette.

·         Juniors Larry Davis and Rashad Bishop are the next two leading scorers vs. MU, averaging 8.0 and 7.5 ppg.

·         Bishop also averages 4.0 rebounds per game.

 

FEB. 16 - USF GAME NOTES

·         USF used a 9-0 scoring burst out of halftime to take a 10-point lead and went on to down the Bearcats, 65-57 at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.

·         With the Bearcats leading 8-7 with 12:29 left in the first half, USF went on an 8-0 run over the next five-plus minutes to take 15-8 lead. UC sophomore guard Jaquon Parker snapped the Bearcats scoreless streak at 7:08 with a lay-up, UC’s first basket in 5:21.

·         Down by seven points to USF, 22-15, with 4:40 left in the first half, the Bearcats went on a 7-0 run to tie the game with 2:05 left in the first half. Senior guard Deonta Vaughn scored his only points of the first half during the stretch on a 3-pointer at 3:08.

·         At halftime, UC held a slim 18-17 edge in rebounds with the Bearcats holding a 9-8 lead on the offensive glass.

·         The Bearcats owned the paint in the opening period, outscoring USF, 12-4, in the lane.

·         Out of the half, USF went on a 9-0 run over the first 3:14 to take a 10-point lead over Cincinnati.

·         Cashmere Wright scored UC’s first points of the second half with a lay-up at 15:31. The lay-up ended a stretch of 7:03 without a basket for the Bearcats.

·         Cincinnati scored 34 second-half points with 22 coming from Deonta Vaughn and Cashmere Wright.

·         The Bearcats outrebounded the Bulls in the game, 32-28, and move to 14-6 when outrebounding opponents this season.

·         Out of UC’s 32 rebounds, 15 came on the offensive end of the floor where UC shot just 38.8 percent (19-of-49) from the floor.

·         UC finished 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) from the free throw line in the game, including Vaughn’s 6-for-7 performance.

·         Ibrahima Thomas led UC in scoring and rebounding at the intermission with five points and seven rebounds. Five of his seven rebounds were on the offensive end.

·         Senior guard Deonta Vaughn finished with a team-high tying 14 points in the game, scoring 11 of the 14 in the final three minutes of the second half. He also finished with two steals and two assists.

·         Freshman guard Cashmere Wright tied Vaughn for the team high in scoring with 14 points. He also scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half. Wright came into the game having scored 13 points in UC’s last three games.