Feb. 22, 2013
GameTracker Statistics | Cincinnati Game Notes
CINCINNATI- The University of Cincinnati plays its second consecutive road game Sunday when it travels to Notre Dame for a 2 p.m. ET contest. The game will be televised by CBS and can be heard on 102.7 FM WEBN.
UC (19-7, 7-6 BIG EAST) is coming off a 73-66 overtime loss to Connecticut in Hartford on Thursday. Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 18 points and a game-high seven rebounds. JaQuon Parker added 14 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Cashmere Wright added 10 points to go with five assists.
Notre Dame (21-6, 9-5 BIG EAST) rallied past Pittsburgh for a 51-42 road win on Monday. Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley led the Irish with a game-high 13 points. Cooley was 5 of 8 from the field while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Eric Atkins poured in 10 points and handed out a game-high seven assists.
Notre Dame won the earlier meeting this season, a 66-60 decision on Jan. 7 at Fifth Third Arena. The home loss by UC was its first in the last four meetings in the series in the Queen City.
Notre Dame leads the series 9-4 and owns a 4-0 mark against the Bearcats in South Bend.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 14th meeting; Notre Dame leads 9-4 overall. Notre Dame leads 4-0 in South Bend and 3-1 at neutral sites. UC leads 3-2 in Cincinnati. STREAK - Notre Dame won the last game.
Last Meeting: Notre Dame won 66-60 in Cincinnati on Jan. 7, 2013.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (132-96); 10th season overall (201-120).
Mike Brey is in his 13th season at Notre Dame (281-138); 17th season overall (380-190).
Rankings: Cincinnati is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today polls for the week of Feb. 18.
Notre Dame is ranked No. 25 in both the AP and USA Today polls.
Radio: 102.7 FM WEBN; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger produces.
TV: CBS; Ian Eagle provides play-by-play with color analyst Jim Spanarkel. Steve Scheer produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-Over the last three games JaQuon Parker is averaging 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 53.1 percent from the field (17 of 32) and 57.1 percent from three-point range (4 of 7). He was named to the BIG EAST Conference weekly honor roll on Monday.
-Sean Kilpatrick has led UC in scoring in eight of the last nine contests while being the game’s high scorer six times. He is averaging 19.4 points during the stretch while shooting 39.0 percent from the field (55 of 141). He also has made a team-high 30 three-pointers while averaging 5.4 rebounds.
-Cashmere Wright became the school’s all-time steals leader when he recorded three steals against Georgetown (Feb. 15). Wright passed David “Puffy” Kennedy (189 from 1977-81).
-Wright also ranks third in career assists (465), is tied for third in games played (132) and lists 27th in career points (1,242) at Cincinnati.
-Wright is the only player in school history to tally at least 1,200 career points, 450 assists and 175 steals.
-A win Sunday at Notre Dame 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.
-Connecticut became UC’s first BIG EAST opponent to score over their season average. The Huskies were averaging 70.6 points but won 73-66 in overtime. UC was holding league foes 12.06 points below their average entering Thursday’s game.
-UC ranks among the nation’s top 30 teams (through Feb. 17) in five categories: blocks (seventh-6.42); rebounding margin (11th-7.4); field goal percent defense (17th-38.1); scoring defense (23rd-58.5) and three-point field goal percent defense (28th-29.9).
Scouting Notre Dame
-Notre Dame’s 51-42 road win at Pittsburgh on Monday marked its sixth victory in its last eight games. The Irish have recorded three overtime wins during the stretch, including a 104-101 five-overtime home win against Louisville on Feb. 9.
-The Irish lead the BIG EAST in field-goal shooting (47.7 percent through Feb. 20), three-point shooting (37.8 percent), assists (17.67) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.60-to-1). Notre Dame also ranks fourth in scoring (72.0) and three-pointers per game (6.48).
-Notre Dame has seven players averaging seven or more points. Jack Cooley (14.5 points per game), Jerian Grant (13.0) and Eric Atkins (11.6) average double figures in scoring. Cooley leads the league in rebounding (11.1 rpg), ranks third in field-goal shooting (58.6 percent) and sixth in blocked shots (1.37 bpg).
-Atkins (38.37 minutes) and Grant (36.33) rank first and third in the league, respectively, in minutes played. Atkins is fourth in three-point shooting (42.4 percent) and assists (5.96 apg) and 12th in steals (1.56 spg). Grant is fifth in assists (5.63 apg).