UC-NC State To Meet As Part Of ESPN 24-Hour Hoops Marathon
Fifth Third Arena will provide the backdrop for UC's contest with NC State on Nov. 12. The contest is part of ESPN's 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon.

Aug. 12, 2013

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The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team will play host to NC State as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. ET at Fifth Third Arena. The game will be televised by ESPN, who made the announcement on Monday.

The matchup is also the first game in a two-year agreement between the two schools, with Cincinnati making a return trip to Raleigh, N.C., during the 2014-15 campaign.

"We're thankful to ESPN and excited to have our program on the national stage when we take on NC State as part of the Tip-Off Marathon," UC head coach Mick Cronin said. "NC State also has a great program with a strong tradition and we're glad to have a home-and-home series with them for the next two seasons."

The two teams haven't met since the 2007-08 season and have played only twice since 1958. NC State owns a 6-1 lead in the series, having won the last meeting, an 85-77 decision in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 23, 2007. The Bearcats posted their only win in the series the previous year, an 80-71 result, on Dec. 23, 2006.

UC returns two starters and eight lettermen from last season's squad that posted a 22-12 overall record and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year. Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick returns after averaging a team-high 17.0 points last season while earning second team all-conference honors for the second consecutive year.

The complete UC men's basketball schedule will be released at a later date.

Fifth Third Arena enjoyed its highest average attendance of the Mick Cronin coaching era during the 2012-13 campaign and demand for 2013-14 season tickets will be strong. Fans interested in guaranteeing their seats for next season should place their deposit today. By doing so, fans also receive the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the 2013 Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic against Xavier at U.S. Bank Arena.