Men's Hoops Faces Bellarmine on Monday|
Nov. 4, 2012
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team wraps up its exhibition schedule Monday when it welcomes Division II member Bellarmine to Fifth Third Arena for a 7 p.m. ET tip. The game will be available via a free live stream only at GoBEARCATS.com.
UC is coming off an 80-60 win over Grand Valley State in the Bearcats’ first exhibition game last Monday at Fifth Third Arena. Four Bearcats scored in double figures led by junior guard Sean Kilpatrick’s 18 points and eight rebounds.
The 2012-13 Bearcats return three starters and 10 lettermen from last season’s squad that went 26-11 overall and 12-6 in the BIG EAST Conference regular season. The team also reached the BIG EAST Championship title game and advanced to the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 since
UC was listed at No. 24 in the preseason AP poll released on Oct. 26. The Bearcats were picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST Conference by the league coaches at the league’s media day on Oct. 17. Junior guard Sean Kilpatrick earned preseason first team All-BIG EAST accolades from the coaches.
Series Info: UC leads the regular-season series 2-0. UC also won an exhibition contest against Bellarmine 76-69 at Fifth Third Arena on Nov. 12, 2009.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (113-86); 10th season overall (182-112).
Scott Davenport is in his eighth season at Bellarmine (154-62); eighth season overall (154-162).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 24 in the AP poll and is receiving 33 votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll.
Bellarmine is listed No. 2 in Division II by Basketball Times and No. 9 by DII Bulletin in preseason rankings.
TV: Free live stream available at www.GoBEARCATS.com.
Tom Gelehrter provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-The Bearcats return three starters and 10 lettermen from last season’s squad that posted a 26-11 overall record; appeared in their first BIG EAST Championship title game and returned to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. The squad set school records for best finish in the BIG EAST regular season (tied for fourth) and most league wins (12) while also defeating a school-best eight ranked teams during the year.
-This season’s squad features one of the best backcourts in the BIG EAST Conference with junior guard Sean Kilpatrick and senior guards Cashmere Wright and JaQuon Parker.
-Kilpatrick returns as UC’s leading scorer from last season, averaging 14.3 points. His 92 three-pointers ranked first among all BIG EAST players.
-Kilpatrick was named a preseason first team All-BIG EAST Conference selection by the league’s coaches at conference media day on Oct. 17.
-Wright set the single-season steals record (74) at UC a year ago. He ranked among BIG EAST leaders in assists-to-turnover ratio (seventh at 2.04-to-1) and assists (11th at 4.57). He averaged only 2.2 turnovers a contest.
-Parker finished last season strong, averaging 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds over the last eight games, leading UC in rebounding in both postseason tournaments.
-The Bearcats have increased or matched their win total every year under head coach Mick Cronin (11 in 2006-07; 13 in 2007-08; 18 in 2008-09; 19 in 2009-10; 26 in 2010-11; and 26 in 2011-12).
-Cronin is tied for third among BIG EAST coaches for overall wins (52) and conference wins (23) during the past two years.
Bellarmine returns a strong nucleus from last season’s squad that recorded a 29-4 overall record and 16-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Last year’s team advanced to the Division II national semifinals before falling 79-72 to Montevallo.
The Knights return a pair of players that started at least 25 games last season in guards Chris Dowe and Keisten Jones. Dowe averaged 16.2 points, shot 56.3 percent from the field (171 of 304) and led the team in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and blocks (1.2 bpg). Jones averaged 11.4 points, shot 58.7 percent from the field (128 of 218) and 48.3 percent from beyond the arc (43 of 89).
Bellarmine has led the nation in shooting for the past two years. In 2011-12 the Knights shot 54.2 percent to lead all three NCAA divisions. Bellarmine is two years removed from winning the Division II national championship in 2011, defeating BYU-Hawaii 71-68.
Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport and UC head coach Mick Cronin served on the same staff under Rick Pitino at Louisville during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. Cronin was the associate head coach while Davenport served as an administrative assistant. Current Bellarmine assistant coach Reece Gaines played for Louisville while both Cronin and Davenport were on the Cardinals’ staff.