Cincinnati Takes on No. 8/7 Marquette on Senior Night
UC head coach Mick Cronin

Feb. 28, 2012

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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. 



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.

700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger engineers.
TV: ESPN2; Bob Wischusen provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Bob Knight. Eric Mosley serves as producer. Bruce Watson directs.

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Senior Dion Dixon, a Chicago native, is enjoying his best offensive season as a Bearcat, averaging 13.2 points. He became a member of UC’s 1,000-point club in January and currently ranks fifth in school history for most game played at 129.

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.

Cincinnati also will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1962 national title team at halftime. The championship was UC’s second of back-to-back national titles after claiming the 1960-61 crown. Paul Hogue scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds while Tom Thacker poured in 21 points, Tony Yates added 12 points and Ron Bonham contributed 10 points in UC’s 71-59 win over Ohio State in the 1962 national title game.

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.