UC senior guard JaQuon Parker posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Providence on Wednesday.
March 13, 2013
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The University of Cincinnati (22-10) takes on tournament top-seed Georgetown (24-5) on Thursday in quarterfinal action at the BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden. The contest will be televised by ESPN and can be heard on 700 WLW.
The ninth-seeded Bearcats advanced to face the Hoyas after posting a 61-44 win over eighth-seeded Providence on Wednesday. Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 17 points while JaQuon Parker posted his second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cheikh Mbodj tallied eight points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
Fifth-ranked Georgetown, who earned a double bye in the tournament after winning 12 of their last 13 games to end the regular season, is coming off a 61-39 win over Syracuse on March 9.
The Hoyas defeated the Bearcats 62-55 on Feb. 15 in Cincinnati. UC grabbed a 51-50 lead with 6:53 remaining after 11 straight points from JaQuon Parker. Markel Starks hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 5:35 left and made five free throws in the final minute, scoring a game-high 17 points.
Three Bearcats scored in double figures led by Parker's 15 points. Cashmere Wright and Sean Kilpatrick had 12 points each.
The loss snapped a four-game series win streak for the Bearcats. UC recorded a 72-70 double overtime victory against the Hoyas in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship. Former Bearcat Yancy Gates had a game-high 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field with eight rebounds. Dion Dixon (13 points) Sean Kilpatrick (12) and Cashmere Wright (10). JaQuon Parker had nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Thursday marks the 13th meeting in series history. The series is tied 6-6. UC leads 1-0 at neutral sites. The series is tied 2-2 in Cincinnati. Georgetown leads 4-3 in Washington, D.C.
Game at a Glance
UC's History at the BIG EAST Championship: Seventh tournament appearance; UC is 6-6 all-time at the tournament and owns a 1-2 record in the quarterfinals.
Georgetown Series Info: 13th meeting; The series is tied 6-6. UC leads 1-0 at neutral sites. The series is tied 2-2 in Cincinnati. Georgetown leads 4-3 in Washington, D.C. STREAK - Georgetown won the last meeting.
Last Meeting: Georgetown won 62-55 on Feb. 15 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (135-98); 10th season overall (204-122).
John Thompson III is in his ninth season at Georgetown (208-87); 11th season overall (276-129).
Rankings: Georgetown is ranked fifth in both the AP and USA Today polls. Cincinnati is not ranked in either poll.
Radio: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Paul Shrager produces.
TV: ESPN; Mike Patrick provides play-by-play with color analyst Len Elmore. Andy Katz reports. Eric Mosley produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-Cincinnati is making its fourth consecutive appearance in the quarterfinal round of the BIG EAST Championship, including its second consecutive meeting with Georgetown. The Bearcats won a 72-70 double overtime decision against the Hoyas at last season's event.
-Following Wednesday's 61-44 win over Providence, the Bearcats have won six of their last nine games in the BIG EAST Championship dating back to 2010.
-The fifth-ranked Hoyas are the highest ranked opponent UC has played this season. The Bearcats knocked off then-No. 2 Syracuse 71-68 in the semifinals of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship.
-Two-time second team All-BIG EAST selection Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 17 points against Providence on Wednesday. He has led the Bearcats in scoring 16 times this season. Kilpatrick has 554 points in 2012-13, tying Deonte Vaughn (554 points in 2008) for the most by a Bearcat in a season during the Mick Cronin coaching era.
-JaQuon Parker produced his second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Friars. He has led UC in rebounding in each of its last four BIG EAST Championship games.
-Parker is averaging 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds during the last eight games, shooting 43.3 percent from the field (39 of 90).
-Cashmere Wright can become UC's all-time leader in games played on Thursday against Georgetown. He is tied with former teammate Dion Dixon (2009-12) at 137. He can also move into sole possession of second place in career starts. He is currently tied with Dwight Jones (112 from 1980-83).
-Cheikh Mbodj had five blocks against PC. His 85 blocks this season rank fourth in school history for a single season.