Cincinnati Takes on No. 8/7 Marquette on Senior Night|
Feb. 28, 2012
Cincinnati Takes on No. 8/7 Marquette on Senior Night
The University of Cincinnati says farewell to seniors Dion Dixon and Yancy Gates on Wednesday when it plays host to No. 8/7 Marquette on Senior Night at Fifth Third Arena. The regular-season home finale, which starts at 7 p.m. ET, will be televised by ESPN2 and can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
The Bearcats (20-9, 10-6 BIG EAST) have won five of their last seven games entering Wednesday’s contest despite dropping a 46-45 decision at USF on Sunday. Sean Kilpatrick led UC in the loss with 13 points. Yancy Gates added a team-best 10 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-3 BIG EAST) rallied past West Virginia 61-60 on the road on Friday. Jae Crowder led all scorers with 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
UC will be playing it eighth ranked opponent this season when it battles Marquette on Wednesday. The Bearcats have won seven of their last 11 regular-season games against ranked foes, including a 4-3 mark this season.
Marquette defeated UC 95-78 in Milwaukee, Wis., earlier this month (Feb. 11). UC leads the series with the Golden Eagles 25-19.
GAME AT A GLANCE
Series Info: 45th meeting; UC leads 25-19 in the all-time series. UC leads 13-7 in Cincinnati and 3-2 at neutral sites. Marquette leads 10-9 in Milwaukee. STREAK - Marquette won the last meeting.
Last Meeting: No. 18 Marquette won earlier this month 95-78 on Feb. 11 in Milwaukee, Wis.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his sixth season at Cincinnati (107-86); ninth season overall (176-110). Cronin is 1-4 vs. Marquette. Buzz Williams is in his fourth season at Marquette (93-42); fifth season overall (107-59).
Rankings: Marquette is ranked eighth in the Associated Press and ninth in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll for Feb. 27. UC is not ranked in either poll.
STREAKS, STORYLINES & SIDEBARS
Senior Yancy Gates is a Cincinnati native who is on schedule to become the first Bearcat in school history to lead his team in rebounding for four consecutive seasons. He is averaging a career-best 9.3 rebounds as a senior. He is also on pace to become only the seventh player in school history to amass at least 1,400 points and 850 rebounds.
A win Wednesday gives UC 11 conference wins for the second consecutive season, tying the school record for BIG EAST victories. UC was 11-7 in the league a year ago.