Oct. 31, 2011
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Cincinnati Game Notes
The University of Cincinnati plays the first of two preseason exhibition games Tuesday when it welcomes the McGill University Redmen to Fifth Third Arena for a 7 p.m. ET tip. The game will be available via a free livestream only at GoBEARCATS.com.
The two squads have met once before, on Sept. 3, 2010 in the first of the three-game Canadian tour for UC. The Bearcats won 89-58 with JaQuon Parker leading UC scorers with 15 points.
The 2011-12 Bearcats return seven letterwinners and their top four scorers from last season's 26-9 squad that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
UC was listed at No. 21 in the preseason Associated Press poll and No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. The Bearcats were slotted fifth in the BIG EAST Conference by the league's coaches at Media Day. Senior forward Yancy Gates was tabbed Second-Team All-BIG EAST by the league's coaches.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: Second meeting; UC leads series 1-0; UC leads 1-0 at neutral sites.
Last Meeting: UC won 89-58 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada on Sept. 3, 2010.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his sixth season at Cincinnati (87-77); ninth season overall (156-101). Cronin is 1-0 vs. McGill.
Dave DeAverio is in his second season with McGill (15-17); 10th season overall (226-114). DeAverio is 0-1 vs. UC.
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 21 in the preseason AP poll and No. 22 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
TV: Free live stream available at GoBEARCATS.com. Tom Gelehrter provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock.
Social Media: Participate in the conversation about tonight's game on Twitter (@GoBEARCATS).
McGill has played host to six NCAA Division I teams since Aug. 12, earning a 2-4 record. However, the Redmen have won their last two contests.
Aug. 12: lost vs. Illinois State, 90-66
Aug. 13: lost vs. Central Florida, 100-58
Aug. 14: lost vs. Akron, 85-57
Aug. 20: lost vs. Albany, 83-58
Aug. 24: won vs. New Hampshire, 77-74
Sept. 3: won vs. Niagra, 78-71
The Redmen's leading scorer against NCAA competition, guard Simon Bibeau averaged 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds, but will not make the trip to Cincinnati.
Other top producers include: forward Tristan Renaud-Tremblay (12.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg), guard Winn Clark (8.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and guard Karim Sy-Morissette (5.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
Head coach Dave DeAveiro served as an assistant coach of the Canadian national team that competed at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 14-30.
The McGill Series
The two squads have met once before, on Sept. 3, 2010 in Ottawa in the Bearcats first game of a three-game Canadian tour.
The Bearcats won 89-58 with JaQuon Parker leading UC scorers with 15 points. Sean Kilpatrick, playing in his first contest as a Bearcat after redshirting the 2009-10 season, added 14 points. Yancy Gates contributed nine points.
McGill jumped to a 20-16 lead after the first quarter, but UC outscored the Redmen 73-38 the rest of the game.
UC shot 58 percent from the field for the contest.
Streaks, Storylines and Sidebars
The Bearcats return seven letterwinners and their top four scorers from last season in forward Yancy Gates (11.9), guard Dion Dixon (11.6), swingman Sean Kilpatrick (9.7) and guard Cashmere Wright (8.9).
Cincinnati is the only team to increase its win total in each of the last five seasons (11 in 2006-07, 13 in 2007-08, 18 in 2008-09, 19 in 2009-10 and 26 in 2010-11).
UC is coming off a 26-9 record in 2010-11, its most wins in a season since 2001-02 (31).
The Bearcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season, losing in the third round to eventual national champions, Connecticut.
UC led the BIG EAST conference and finished ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 59.6 points per game.
UC got off to its best start in a season since 1998-99 at 15-0.
Yancy Gates finished eighth in the league in field goal shooting (51.1 percent) and 10th in rebounding (6.9).
Gates averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, shot 59.3 percent from the field and 69.8 percent from the free-throw line during the final nine games of the season.
Gates joined the Bearcats 1,000-point club (32nd at 1,107).
Sean Kilpatrick (9.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 37.7 percent 3pt-FG shooting) was named to All-BIG EAST Rookie Team.
UC's incoming recruiting class was ranked No. 25 nationally according to ESPN.com.
Junior college transfer center Cheikh Mbodj (pronounced Sheck MOOD-j) is a talented 6-10 newcomer, earning NJCAA All-America honorable mention honors last season (14.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks) at Grayson County (Texas) College.