Men's Basketball Concludes Exhibition Season with Northern Kentucky
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Nov. 6, 2011

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Cincinnati Game Notes


The University of Cincinnati wraps up its two-game exhibition season Tuesday when it plays host to Northern Kentucky University at Fifth Third Arena. The game tips at 7 p.m. ET and also is available via a free livestream only at GoBEARCATS.com.

The two teams are meeting for the ninth time in an exhibition setting and have faced one another seven times during the regular season. UC has won every meeting. The last resulted in a 73-61 exhibition win for UC at Fifth Third Arena on Nov. 11, 2008.

The Bearcats are coming off a 75-41 exhibition win over McGill University on Nov. 1. Senior guard Dion Dixon scored a team-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Senior forward Yancy Gates added 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Cashmere Wright contributed 14 points and a game-high five assists.

The Norse upset BIG EAST Conference member West Virginia, 77-74, in an exhibition game Friday when Eshaunte Jones hit a 25-footer with 1.1 seconds left.

Game at a Glance
Series Info: Ninth exhibition meeting; 16th overall; UC leads series 8-0 in exhibitions and 7-0 during regular-season matchups.
Last Meeting: UC won 73-61 at Fifth Third Arena on Nov. 11, 2008.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his sixth season at Cincinnati (87-77); ninth season overall (156-101). Cronin is 3-0 vs. NKU.
Dave Bezold is in his seventh season with NKU (138-72); seventh season overall (138-72). Bezold is 0-4 vs. UC.
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 21 in the preseason AP poll and No. 22 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
Radio: None
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).

Streaks, Story Lines, Sidebars
Cincinnati is coming off a 75-41 exhibition win over McGill University on Nov. 1. Dion Dixon led UC with 20 points. Yancy Gates poured in 19 points and nine rebounds.

The Bearcats were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST according to the league's coaches.

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 champion, Connecticut.

UC led the BIG EAST conference and finished ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 59.6 points per game.

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.

Sean Kilpatrick (9.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 37.7 percent 3pt-FG shooting) was named to All-BIG EAST Rookie Team.