March 7, 2013
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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati plays its regular-season finale Saturday when it welcomes USF to Fifth Third Arena on Senior Day. The game tips at 4 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio as part of the BIG EAST Network. Fans also can listen to the game on 102.7 FM WEBN.
UC (20-10, 8-9 BIG EAST) will salute its four seniors - Alex Eppensteiner, Cheikh Mbodj, JaQuon Parker and Cashmere Wright - in a ceremony 20 minutes before the game.
The Bearcats are coming off a 67-51 setback at No. 8 Louisville on Monday. Three Bearcats scored in double figures led by Cashmere Wright's 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and three three-pointers. Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker scored 12 points each.
USF (12-17, 3-14 BIG EAST) won its second consecutive game Wednesday topping Connecticut 65-51 at home. Martino Brock scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Victor Rudd posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Zach LeDay added 11 points.
USF defeated UC 46-45 last season on Feb. 26 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to snap the Bearcats' two-game series win streak. Cincinnati leads the series 23-8 overall, including a 14-1 lead in the Queen City. UC also leads 7-6 in Tampa and 2-1 at neutral sites.
The Bearcats have won the last 10 meetings in Cincinnati and are 9-0 all-time against the Bulls at Fifth Third Arena.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 32nd meeting; Cincinnati leads 23-8 overall; UC leads 14-1 in Cincinnati, 7-6 in Tampa
and 2-1 at neutral sites. STREAK - USF won the last meeting.
Last Meeting: USF won 46-45 on Feb. 25, 2012 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (133-98); 10th season overall (202-122).
Stan Heath is in his sixth season at USF (84-108); 12th season overall (197-185).
Rankings: Cincinnati and USF are not ranked in the AP and USA Today polls for March 4.
Radio: 102.7 FM WEBN; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger produces.
TV: BEN/FOX Sports Ohio; Mike Couzens provides play-by-play with color analyst Sean Kearney.
David Ashbrock produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-The senior class of Alex Eppensteiner, Cheikh Mbodj (joined team beginning with the 2011-12 season), JaQuon Parker and Cashmere Wright has totaled 91 wins, 38 BIG EAST Conference victories, three 20-win seasons (2010-2012), currently two NCAA Championship appearances (2011-12), an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance (2012) and a BIG EAST Championship runner-up finish (2012) during the past four seasons.
-Sean Kilpatrick was named to the BIG EAST Conference honor roll on Monday after posting a team-high 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting to go with four three-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in UC's 61-56 home win over Connecticut last Saturday.
-Kilpatrick has been honored by the league seven times with two player of the week awards and five weekly honor roll selections. Only three other players in the BIG EAST have earned as many as seven honors from the league: Shabazz Napier (Connecticut), Russ Smith (Louisville) and Otto Porter (Georgetown).
-Sean Kilpatrick's 524 points this season rank as the third most in a season during the Mick Cronin era. Kilpatrick scored 528 points last season as a sophomore. Deonta Vaughn netted 554 points during the 2007-08 campaign.
-Kilpatrick needs 21 points for 1,400 in his career. He would become only the 11th player in school history to amass 1,400 points in only three seasons as a Bearcat.
-Cashmere Wright is the only player in school history to total at least 1,200 points, 450 assists and 190 steals. He ranks as the school's leader in career steals (193), is tied for second in games played (135), third in career assists (468), third in career starts (110) and 25th in scoring (1,267) entering Saturday.
-UC opponents are scoring 11.18 points below their average this season when playing the Bearcats.
-USF comes to Fifth Third Arena on Saturday having won back-to-back games after a 65-51 home win over Connecticut on Wednesday. The Bulls defeated DePaul 83-73 at home on March 3 to snap a 10-game conference losing streak. USF's other league win came at home over Georgetown 61-58 on Jan. 19.
-Junior forward Victor Rudd leads the Bulls in points (12.0) and rebounds (7.1). Senior forward Taorlyn Fitzpatrick also averages double figures in scoring at 10.3 points and ranks second in rebounding at 5.2 per contest.
-Entering play Wednesday, sophomore guard Anthony Collins ranked second in the BIG EAST in assists (6.19), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.35) and sixth in minutes played (35.48).