Men's Basketball Starts
gobearcats.COM <blank>
gobearcats.COM

gobearcats.COM

Feb. 24, 2010

Complete Release in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

Game 27: DePaul at Cincinnati

Wednesday, Feb. 24 | 7 p.m. | Fifth Third Arena (13,176) | Cincinnati, Ohio | TV: BIG EAST Network/FS Ohio | Radio: 700 WLW

 

TELEVISION:

Cleveland, Ohio: Time Warner: Channel 310; Cox: Channel 98

Columbus, Ohio: Time Warner, Insight and WOW - check local channels

Cincinnati/Dayton, Ohio: Time Warner: Channel 99 & 310; Insight: Channel 6;

Cincinnati Bell Fioptics: Channel 261

Direct TV: Alternate Channel TBD - check www.foxsportsohio.com for updates

DISH Network: Alternate Channel TBD - check www.foxsportsohio.com for updates

 

THE MATCH-UP

The Cincinnati Bearcats (15-11, 6-8 BIG EAST) look to stop a two-game losing skid on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. as it hosts DePaul University (8-18, 1-13 BIG EAST). The Bearcats lost at home in overtime to Marquette, 79-76, in its last outing, while DePaul lost at Louisvile, 68-59, in its last game. The Blue Demons have lost eight straight and are 1-10 since interim head coach Tracy Webster took over the team on Jan. 11. Wednesday's game will be telecast on the BIG EAST Network and locally on FOX Sports Ohio (alternate channels) with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) 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

Wednesday's game will be the 46th meeting between Cincinnati and DePaul and the sixth since UC joined the BIG EAST. The Bearcats hold a 30-15 lead in the series, which began in 1949-50. Last year, the schools split a pair of games with UC winning in Chicago, 59-55, and the Blue Demons winning in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship, 67-57.

Deonta Vaughn is the Bearcats active career leading scorer vs. the Blue Demons, averaging 12.3 ppg. He also posts 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game vs. DePaul.

SCOUTING THE BLUE DEMONS

·         DePaul is 8-18 overall and 1-13 in the BIG EAST after dropping its last eight games and is 2-11 in games away from home (0-9 Away; 2-2 Neutral).

·         The Blue Demons are 1-10 since interim head coach Tracy Webster took over the team on Jan. 11.

·         DePaul is 16th in the BIG EAST in scoring offense averaging 60.4 points per game, led by senior guard Will Walker (16.3 ppg).

·         Junior forward/center Mac Koshwal is the other DePaul player averaging in double figures with 15.1 points per game in 14 games.

·         Koshwal also leads the team in rebounds hauling in 9.9 a contest. Despite missing 12 games this season, Koshwal's 139 total rebounds is 21 more than the team's second-leading rebounder Eric Wallace (118).

·         As a team, the Blue Demons are being out rebounded 38.0-32.9 boards a game.

·         DePaul takes care of the basketball and is ranked 15th in the nation in turnovers per game, coughing the ball up just 11.0 times per contest.

·         DU's +1.7 turnover margin is helped greatly by the 7.7 steals the team forces each night.

 

CURRENT BEARCATS VS. DEPAUL

·         Deonta Vaughn is the Bearcats active career leading scorer vs. the Blue Demons, averaging 12.3 ppg. He also posts 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game vs. DePaul.

·         Sophomore forward Yancy Gates is the next highest scorer vs. DePaul, posting 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two career games.

·         Sophomore guard Dion Dixon, a Chicago, Ill., native posted a combined 11 points, five rebounds and four assists coming off the bench in two games vs. the Blue Demons last season

 

FEB. 21 - MARQUETTE GAME NOTES

·         After 12 lead changes and 10 ties during the game, Marquette pulled out a 79-76 overtime victory over Cincinnati.

·         UC started a lineup of Cashmere Wright, Rashad Bishop, Ibrahima Thomas, Lance Stephenson, and Steve Toyloy, its 16th different lineup of the 2010 season.

·         Cincinnati knocked down eight three pointers in the game, its best effort since also hitting eight against Providence on Jan. 30.

·         The Bearcats held a 40-28 advantage in points in the paint.

·         Cincinnati scored 20 points off of 11 Marquette turnovers.

·         UC's 10 turnovers were its fewest in a game since committing 10 at Notre Dame (Feb. 4).

·         With UC Leading 18-14 with 12:19 left in the half, Marquette went on a 17-0 run lead 31-18 with 6:35 left. UC went 5:39 without basket.

·         Trailing 31-18 with 7:47 left in the first half, UC went on a 21-2 run over the next 7:08 to lead 39-33 at the half, its largest lead in the first half.

·         It was UC's biggest halftime lead since leading by nine against UCF at Fifth Third Arena (Jan. 20).

·         The Bearcats had 20 assists in the game, after combining for 12 in the previous two contests.

·         UC's fell to 0-3 in overtime games this season.

·         Marquette was 16-of-17 from the free-throw line. Their miss came in the extra stanza.

·         After scoring three points in his previous three games, Larry Davis finished with 13, tying his season high (Prairie View A&M/Nov. 16).

·         Dion Dixon finished with 12 points after scoring nine points in his last six games. He tallied nine in the first half against Marquette. It marked his first double-figure scoring output since the Cal State Bakersfield game (Jan. 6) and sixth of the season.

·         Yancy Gates finished with 14 points after scoring eight points in the past two games. It was the first time Gates hit double figures in the past three games and his most points since scoring 12 at Louisville.

·         Rashad Bishop had a team-high 17 points, his seventh double-figure scoring output of the season and first in the last four games.

·         Deonta Vaughn and Ibrahima Thomas tied for the team lead with six rebounds apiece.

 

GETTING DOWN TO THE END

·         With just four games remaining in the regular season and a NCAA Tournament bid on the line, the Cincinnati Bearcats are into one of the toughest portions of their schedule.

·         Over the final three weeks of the season, UC faces three of the nation's top 15 teams (No. 7/8 Villanova, No. 8/7 West Virginia, No. 11/13 Georgetown).

·         UC's final four opponents own a combined record of 84-41 (.672).

 

RESUME BUILDING -- UC VS. RANKED OPPONENTS

·         The Bearcats are ranked No. 56 in the RPI (as of Feb. 23) thanks to having the nation's 16th toughest schedule, which includes 11 teams in RPI Top 65.

·         UC is 3-2 vs. teams ranked in the AP Poll this season after knocking off No. 24/24 Vanderbilt and No. 21/22 Maryland in the first and second rounds of the 2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational, respectively, and No. 10/10 Connecticut at home on Dec. 30. The losses were to No. 23 Pittsburgh, 74-71, on Jan. 4 (Cincinnati's first at home this season), and to No. 3 Syracuse, 71-54, on Feb. 7.

·         Cincinnati is 114-170 (.401) all-time vs. opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including a 23-22 (.511) record in Fifth Third Arena.

·         The wins vs. Vanderbilt and Maryland marked the first time since the 1999-00 season that Cincinnati defeated ranked opponents in consecutive games. That year, UC defeated No. 25 Gonzaga 75-68 on Dec. 4, 1999, before defeating No. 7 North Carolina 77-68 on Dec. 8, 1999.

·         UC is 6-18 vs. ranked opponents under Cronin.