Nov. 14, 2013
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The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team welcomes Appalachian State to Fifth Third Arena on Saturday. The contest tips at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports Ohio and 102.7 WEBN-FM. Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.
The Bearcats (2-0) registered a 68-57 home win over NC State on Tuesday as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick led the UC cause for the second consecutive game, scoring a game-high 21 points with a trio of three-pointers to go with three assists and two steals. Senior forward Justin Jackson earned his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with a game-high four blocks. Senior forward Titus Rubles contributed 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds.
Appalachian State (0-2) is looking for its first win of the season after suffering a 73-66 setback to Campbell on Tuesday. Guard Mike Neal led the Mountaineers with a game-high 20 points while guard Mike Kobani added 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Forward Michael Obacha posted seven points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Saturday marks the first meeting in series history. It also is the third of four games UC will play as part of the Global Sports Shootout. The Bearcats’ first two games of the season - wins over NC Central (77-63) and NC State (84-72) - were part of the event along with UC’s contest with Campbell on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: First Meeting
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (137-100); 11th season overall (206-124).
Jason Capel is in his fourth season at Appalachian State (44-51); fourth season overall (44-51).
Rankings: Cincinnati and Appalachian State are not ranked in this week’s USA Today or AP polls.
Radio: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: FOX Sports Ohio & ESPN3; Tom Gelehrter provides play-by-play with color analyst Terry Nelson.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick needs 13 points against Appalachian State to become only the 13th player in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points. He needs 513 points this season to become only the second player at UC to score as many as 2,000 career points. (Oscar Robertson amassed 2,973 career points [1958-60].)
-Kilpatrick was been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list announced by ESPN.com and the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Tuesday. It marks the second consecutive year Kilpatrick has made the list of the nation’s top college basketball players. He was included in the award’s midseason Top 25 list last season as well.
-Senior forward Justin Jackson led UC with four blocks against NC State on Tuesday and has 127 for his career. He is on pace to finish as one of the top four shot blockers in school history.
-Senior forward Titus Rubles has scored in double figures in both games this season with 13 against NC Central and 14 against NC State. It marks the most points he has scored in back-to-back games at UC.
-UC is 41-4 in the last 45 nonconference regular-season home games.
-The Bearcats are a combined 76-32 (.704) during the past three-plus seasons.
-Cincinnati was picked fourth in the American preseason coaches’ poll. UC received 58 points to finish behind predicted league champion, Louisville (81 points), UConn (69) and Memphis (68).
-UC announced Wednesday the signing of three talented prospects – Quadri Moore (pronounced QUAD-dree), Gary Clark and Coreontae DeBerry (pronounced COREY-on-tay) – who have signed national letters of intent to attend UC and play basketball for the Bearcats beginning with the 2014-15 season.
-UC wraps up play in the Global Sports Shootout on Wednesday when it plays host to Campbell at 7 p.m. ET at Fifth Third Arena. Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.