Men's Basketball Faces No. 14/15 Connecticut Sunday

Feb. 26, 2011

 Time  Noon • Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
 Location  Fifth Third Arena (13,176) • Cincinnati, Ohio
 Tickets  Ticket Information
 Series History  Connecticut leads 5-2
 Last Time  UC won, 60-48 • Feb. 13, 2010 • XL Center • Hartford, Conn.
 Radio  Live Streaming
 700 WLW AM
 Dan Hoard, PxP; Chuck Machock, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
 Television  No Live Streaming
 Beth Mowins, PxP; Mike Kelley, analyst
 Broadcast begins at Noon
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Game Notes  Cincinnati Notes Get Acrobat Reader | Connecticut Notes Get Acrobat Reader | BIG EAST Notebook Get Acrobat Reader
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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team returns to Fifth Third Arena this weekend when it plays host to No. 14/15 Connecticut at noon on Sunday.

UC enters on a three-game winning streak, having picked up a home win against Louisville on Feb. 16, and two-straight road wins over Providence and Georgetown on Feb. 19 and Feb. 23, respectively.

Dion Dixon (11.3 ppg) leads the way for UC along with leading rebounder Yancy Gates (6.7 rpg), and Cashmere Wright who dishes an average of 3.8 assists per contest.

With his 17-point performance at Georgetown, Gates became the newest member of UC’s 1,000-point club. He now has 1,003 points for his career. Gates becomes the 42nd UC player all-time to break the 1,000-point plateau for his career. Deonta Vaughn (2006-10) was the last UC player to achieve the milestone.

Cincinnati ranks No. 1 in the BIG EAST in scoring defense, allowing just 58.2 ppg. The Bearcats are second in the conference in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by 11.2 ppg.

Only two regular-season home games remain on the schedule, and fans can purchase their tickets now.

Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the fourth floor of the Richard E. Lindner Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fans also can call 1-877-CATS-TIX (2287-849) or click the Tickets tab at to buy tickets today.

Saturday's game can be heard live on 700 WLW AM with Dan Hoard calling the play-by-play action and Chuck Machock serving as analyst. The pregame show begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game also can be seen live on ESPNU with Beth Mowins calling the play-by-play action and Mike Kelley providing analysis. The broadcast begins at noon.

Fans can follow live stats from Sunday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at

UConn enters the game with a 20-7 (8-7 BIG EAST) mark after dropping a 74-67 overtime decision to Marquette on Thursday. The loss dropped the Huskies’ record to 20-7, 8-7 in BIG EAST games.

The Huskies are ranked No. 14 in the nation in the Associated Press and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today national rankings of February 20.
Kemba Walker led the Huskies with 27 points, while Alex Oriakhi finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Walker paces the Hukies with a 23.0 ppg average. He is UConn’s first 600-point scorer in a season since since the 2003-04 season, when both Ben Gordon (723) and Emeka Okafor (635) both reached the mark.

Walker, the nation’s No. 7 scorer, is a finalist for both the Bob Cousy and Naismith Player of the Year Awards.
Sophomore forward Alex Oriakhi has eight double-doubles on the season and is averaging 10.4 points and 8.7 boards on the season.

Freshman Jeremy Lamb had a streak of eight straight double-figure performances snapped vs. Providence, which included a stretch of three straight games with 20+-points. He has been named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week two times. He has started 26 games and is averaging 9.6 ppg and 4.7 rebounds per contest.

Head coach Jim Calhoun is 595-227 in 25 seasons as the Huskies head coach and 843-364 in 39 years as a collegiate head coach. He needs seven wins to reach 850 overall, five to reach 600 wins with Connecticut, and two victories for 300 BIG EAST wins.

Calhoun is 5-2 against UC.

Connecticut leads the all-time series by a 5-2 margin, including a 2-1 record in Cincinnati.

The Bearcats have won the past two matchups, knocking of the Huskies 71-69 on Dec. 30, 2009 and 60-48 on Feb. 13, 2010.

The Bearcats will return to action at 8 p.m. on March 2, 2011, heading to Marquette for their final road game of the 2011 campaign. The game can be heard live on 700WLW AM or online at

UC will close out the regular season on March 5 against Georgetown. That contest is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tipoff.

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