Kilpatrick Earns Honors from AAC & Media Outlets|
March 10, 2014
Kilpatrick earned his third conference player of the week award after averaging 29.0 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 54.3 percent from the field (19 of 35); 37.5 percent from three-point range (6 of 16) and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line (14 of 18) during a 2-0 week that clinched a share of the league regular-season championship for the Bearcats.
Kilpatrick scored a season-high 34 points on 11-of-18 shooting with a pair of three-pointers and 10-of-11 shooting at the foul line against Memphis on Senior Night on March 6 at Fifth Third Arena. He followed that performance less than 40 hours later with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting with four three-pointers in a 70-66 win at Rutgers on March 8.
The native of Yonkers, N.Y., ranks first in the conference in scoring (20.9 points) and three-pointers made (2.8).
Kilpatrick has led Cincinnati in scoring in each of the last 17 games and in 28 of 31 contests this season. He has scored 20 or more points in 17 games this season.
Kilpatrick is averaging 25.1 points and 4.8 rebounds with 2.6 assists and 37 three-pointers over the last 11 games.
Kilpatrick was previously named the American's Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks in February (Feb. 3 and Feb. 10). He has been selected to the league's weekly honor roll nine times.
NATIONAL MEDIA TABS KILPATRICK AN ALL-AMERICAN
BEARCATS MOVE UP IN NATIONAL POLLS
The Bearcats have been ranked in the AP Top 15 in each of the last eight weeks - a Mick Cronin coaching era high. It marks the longest stretch since the 2003-04 squad was listed in the Top 15 for eight straight weeks.
UC has been ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll each of the last 10 weeks after receiving only one vote in the preseason AP poll.
The Bearcats have been ranked in the AP poll at some point during each of the past four seasons. UC was ranked for 13 weeks in both the AP and USA Today polls a year ago - a Mick Cronin-era high.
UC has appeared in the AP poll 387 times in the poll's history, 12th most in the nation.
Tournament top-seed Cincinnati will face the winner of the UCF-Temple matchup in quarterfinal action of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, Thursday, March 13 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. The contest will tip at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPNU and 700 WLW.
Fans still can purchase tickets to the tournament at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets.