Home Finale Boasts No. 15 Bearcats vs. No. 20 Tigers

March 4, 2014

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CINCINNATI - The 15th-ranked University of Cincinnati men's basketball team plays its final home game of the 2013-14 season on Thursday when it welcomes No. 20 Memphis to Fifth Third Arena. The contest tips at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN and 700 WLW.

The game is designated as UC's annual Ring of Red contest. Fans are encouraged to wear red.

Senior night festivities honoring seniors Derek Cox, Justin Jackson, Sean Kilpatrick, David Nyarsuk and Titus Rubles will begin around 6:30 p.m.

Cincinnati (24-5, 13-3 American) is looking to snap a mini two-game losing streak after suffering a 51-45 setback at UConn on Saturday. Kilpatrick led the Bearcats for the 15 consecutive game, pouring in 16 points to go with five rebounds. Shaquille Thomas added eight points and five rebounds. Rubles had six points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Memphis (22-7, 11-5 American) is coming off a 72-66 home win over then-No. 7 Louisville on Saturday. Four Tigers scored in double figures led by Michael Dixon Jr.'s 19 points.

The Bearcats claimed a 69-53 win over the Tigers earlier this season on Jan. 4 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Kilpatrick had a game-high 18 points while Jackson added 13 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.

UC's win in January snapped a four-game win streak for Memphis in the series. The Bearcats own a 37-31 series lead overall and a 19-10 advantage in Cincinnati.

A limited number of tickets remain for the home finale. Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 69th meeting; Cincinnati leads 37-31; Cincinnati leads 19-10 in Cincinnati;
Memphis leads 20-13 in Memphis; Cincinnati leads 5-1 at neutral sites.
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 1
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 69-53 in Memphis on Jan. 4, 2014.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (159-105); 11th season overall (228-129).
Josh Pastner is in his fifth season at Memphis (127-41); fifth season overall (127-41);
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 15 in both the AP and USA Today polls.
Memphis is ranked No. 20 in both the AP and USA Today polls.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: ESPN; Dave O'Brien provides play-by-play with color analyst Jay Bilas.  
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

Cincinnati Storylines
- Cincinnati honors the 2014 senior class prior to the Memphis game on Thursday. The Bearcats have recorded a 98-37 record over the past four years - the most successful four-year stretch of the Mick Cronin coaching era.
- This season's overall record (24-5) and conference mark (13-3) are Cronin's best at Cincinnati.
- The Bearcats own their best record through 29 games since the 2001-02 season (26-3). That squad went on to set the school record for wins in a season, finishing 31-4.
- UC enters the Memphis game one win shy of recording at least 25 wins for the third time in the last four seasons.
- A win Thursday would give the Bearcats as many as 14 conference wins in a season for only the fourth time in school history (16-0 in 1999-2000; 14-2 in 1997-98 and 14-2 in 2001-02). UC has won as many as 13 league games seven times (including 2013-14).
- A win Thursday gives UC 18 home wins this year - tying for the second most single-season wins at Fifth Third Arena (UC was 18-2 in 1993-94). The arena record was set in 1997-98 (19-1).
- Mick Cronin is a finalist for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award.
- Sean Kilpatrick is a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy. He leads the American in scoring (20.3 points) and three-pointers made (2.8 per game). He has led UC in scoring in each of the last 15 games and in 26 of 29 contests this season.
- Justin Jackson ranks 16th in the nation in blocks with 86. The single-season total ranks fifth best in UC history.
- Titus Rubles is tied for fifth in the American, averaging 7.4 rebounds in league play.  He has pulled down 27 rebounds in the past two games.