Junior forward Titus Rubles
Nov. 19, 2012
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The No. 22/20 University of Cincinnati men's basketball team welcomes Campbell to Fifth Third Arena on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. ET contest. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio and can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
The contest is the second of four consecutive games in the Global Sports Invitational for UC. The Bearcats travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to play Iowa State on Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET and either Oregon or UNLV on Nov. 24 at 8:30 or 10:30 p.m. ET. Both games in Las Vegas will be played at the Thomas and Mack Center. The UC-Iowa State contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network as will the championship game on Nov. 24.
The Bearcats (3-0) are coming off a 93-39 home win over North Carolina A&T on Sunday. Sean Kilpatrick scored a career-high 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting with a career-high eight three-pointers. He also grabbed seven rebounds with two steals and five assists without a turnover. Cashmere Wright added 13 points and four steals.
Campbell (2-2) suffered an 88-68 setback at Iowa State on Sunday. Darrin White led four Camels in double figures with a game-high 20 points. Campbell gave up 20 points off its 16 turnovers and saw the Cyclones connect on 11 three-pointers.
Series Info: First meeting in the series.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (116-86); 10th season overall (185-112).
Robbie Laing is in his 10th season at Campbell (103-167); 10th season overall (103-167).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 22 in the AP and No. 20 in the USA Today polls. Campbell is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger produces.
TV: FOX Sports Ohio; Tom Gelehrter provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Terry Nelson. David Ashbrock directs while Brian Hunterman produces.
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
-The Bearcats were picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches.
-Sean Kilpatrick was named to the weekly BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday after scoring a career-high 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field, including a career-high eight three-pointers in Cincinnati's 93-39 win over North Carolina A&T on Sunday. He also added seven rebounds, five assists with no turnovers and two steals against the Aggies.
-Cashmere Wright needs three steals to move past Louis Banks (153 steals from 1987-91) for fifth place on the UC career steals list. Wright enters today's game with 151 career steals. He set the UC single-season steals record a year ago with 74.
-UC's 93-39 win over North Carolina A&T on Sunday marked the Bearcats' largest margin of victory (54 points) since the 1995 season (63 points Dec. 19, 1994 vs. Cal-State Northridge).
-UC is 33-2 since the start of the 2010-11 season when scoring 70 or more points.
-Senior center Cheikh Mbodj
has a team-high 12 blocks with four in each game this season. He totaled 19 rejections in 28 games played last season.
-Campbell enters Tuesday's game with a 2-2 record after suffering an 88-68 setback at Iowa State on Sunday. Darrin White led four Camels in double figures with a game-high 20 points. Campbell gave up 20 points off its 16 turnovers and saw the Cyclones connect on 11 three-pointers.
-Senior guard Darren White leads the Camels in points (25.5 ppg), rebounds (8.0 rpg) and steals (2.3 spg). Junior guard Darian Hooker averages 14.8 points while shooting 53.5 percent from the field (23 of 43) with a team-high nine three-pointers. Sophomore guard Trey Freeman leads the squad with 6.3 assists each game.
-Campbell was picked to win the North Division of the Big South Conference in a poll of league coaches and media. The Camels return three starters and seven letterwinners from last season's squad that finished 17-15 overall and finished third in the conference with an 11-7 league mark.