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Game 3: Florida A&M at Cincinnati

Monday, Nov. 22 l 7 p.m. l Fifth Third Arena (13,176) l Cincinnati, Ohio l TV: None l Radio: 700 WLW

 

SCOUTING FLORIDA A&M

·         Florida A&M has started 2010-11 with a record of 2-1 with wins over Southeastern University (88-61) and Savannah State (64-53). The lone loss was at Alabama in the season opener, 76-31.

·         The Rattlers recorded a 9-22 mark last year under fourth-year head coach Eugene Harris.

·         Guard Rasheem Jenkins started 29 games last season for the Rattlers.

·         Guard Brandon Hosely averaged18.4 points per game last season for Waycross College (Ga.).

·         Christopher Walker, a 6-foot-6 swingman totaled 8.1 points and 5.7 boards per game last season.

 

CINCINNATI VS. THE MEAC

·         The Bearcats own a combined record of  11-0 against teams currently in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

·         This will be the second time UC and Florida A&M have faced each other. The Bearcats won the first meeting, 80-53, on Nov. 26, 2002. Field Williams led the way for UC with 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting and six 3-pointers.

·         Head coach Mick Cronin is 3-0 against MEAC teams in his career, knocking off Delaware State twice, while at Murray State, and Howard. Cincinnati beat Howard in Cronin’s first season at UC, 70-39.

 

GLOBAL SPORTS MAIN EVENT

·         As part of its early season schedule, the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team will take part in the Global Sports Main Event, an NCAA exempted tournament, on Nov. 13-27.

·         Due to the tournament being a qualifying regular-season multiple-team event, the Bearcats play host to three additional home games as part of the event in Fifth Third Arena as they take on Mount St. Mary’s on Monday, Nov. 15, Florida A&M on Monday, Nov. 22, and Savannah State on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

·         UC will close out play in the Global Sports Main Event by taking on the University of Dayton in a rematch of last season’s second-round NIT match-up at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 27. The game will tip off at 7 p.m.

·         Tickets for the finale vs. Dayton are now on sale through the U.S. Bank Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, including select Kroger stores, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or going online at ticketmaster.com.

 

NOV. 20 IPFW NOTES

·         Cincinnati took the first ever meeting versus IPFW, 65-59, and is now 14-2 against teams currently in the Summit League.

·         The Bearcats opened the game on a 9-2 run until the 17:25 mark of the first half. Senior forward Ibrahima Thomas scored five points during the stretch.

·         After IPFW cut UC’s lead to one point at 20-19, the Bearcats outscored the Mastodons, 14-5, over the next 4:07 to take their largest lead of the game at nine, 34-24.

·         Cincinnati’s 45 points in the first half are its most in an opening period since scoring 50 in the first half last season vs. Cal State Bakersfield on Jan. 6, 2010.

·         Six Bearcats scored six or more points in the first half, led by Yancy Gates’ 11. For Gates, it is his second consecutive game with 10 or more points in the first half.

·         Thomas pulled in seven first half rebounds to lead all players and UC outrebounded IPFW, 18-10.

·         In the second half, IPFW started the period by scoring 11 of the first 13 points to cut UC’s lead to four, 47-43 with 16:08 left to play.

·         After dominating the points in the paint, 24-12, in the first half, UC was outscored in the paint in the second half, 12-10.

·         Cincinnati out rebounded its opponent for the second straight game pulling down, 34 rebounds to IPFW’s 24.

·         The Bearcats, who shot a blistering 65.4 percent in the first half finished the game with a 48.9 shooting percentage after connecting on just 6-of-21 (.286) shots in the second half.

·         After averaging 5.7 steals per game in 2009-10, the Bearcats have averaged 12 steals a game in the first two contests.

·         Four Bearcats (Kilpatrick and Gates – 13, Bishop – 11, Dixon – 10) scored in double figures marking the first time four UC players have scored 10 or more in the same game since last year’s Villanova game on March 2, 2010.

·         For the second straight game, junior forward Yancy Gates and redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick both scored in double figures posting a team-high 13 points.

·         After making three steals in the season opener, sophomore guard Cashmere Wright swiped a career high four vs. IPFW. He also has four assists in both games.

·         Senior forward Rashad Bishop remained perfect from the free throw line in 2010-11 as he knocked down all six of his attempts vs. the Mastodons. He is now 12-for-12 on the season.

 

MAKING THEIR DEBUTS

·         Redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick and true freshman Justin Jackson made their UC debuts vs. Mount St. Mary’s on Nov. 15.

·         Kilpatrick was the game-high scorer, posting 21 points in 24 minutes off the bench for the Bearcats.

·         The last time a Cincinnati basketball player scored a game-high for points in his debut, was on Nov. 16, 2008 when Yancy Gates had a game-high 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in a 77-46 win over South Dakota at Fifth Third Arena.

·         Jackson, despite going scoreless on an 0-for-3 shooting night, was extremely active for UC, grabbing four rebounds (3 defensive), blocking two shots, making three steals, and dishing out two assists.

 

THE WINS KEEP ADDING UP

·         Since the start of the 2006-07 season, Cincinnati is one of five programs from the major basketball conferences to post more wins in each season.

·         The Bearcats posted 11 wins in 2006-07, 13 in 2007-08, 18 in 2008-09, and 19 last season.

·         The other programs to accomplish the feat are Baylor, California, Duke, and Purdue.

·         A 20-plus win season this year for UC would be its first since posting a 21-13 record in 2006-07.

 

WHAT A PRESEASON, EH?

·         In preparation for the 2010-11 season, Cincinnati traveled north of the border to Ottawa, Ontario for a three-game foreign tour on Sept. 3-5.

·         While on the trip, the Bearcats faced McGill University, six-time Canadian National Champion Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa and played using FIBA rules.

·         The foreign tour allowed UC an extra 10 full-team practices prior to the trip.

·         In the opener of the tour vs. McGill on Sept. 3, sophomore guard JaQuon Parker led Cincinnati, who trailed early, 20-16, to an 89-56 victory with a team-high 15 points.

·         Freshman Sean Kilpatrick posted 14 points vs. McGill in his debut as a Bearcat.

·         Sophomore guard Cashmere Wright, who had knee surgery in July, saw his first action, playing 13 minutes off the bench.

·         In the second game, Cincinnati faced six-time Canadian National Champion Carleton University at the Scotiabank Place on Sept. 4 and knocked off the Ravens, 87-70.

·         Junior guard Dion Dixon led the way with 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting to add to his two assists and two steals.

·         UC won the finale of the trip vs. Ottawa on Sept. 5, 79-57.

·         Kilpatrick and Wright led the Bearcats in scoring with 17 a piece, while junior forward Yancy Gates added 15 points and five rebounds.

           

FIFTH THIRD ADVANTAGE

·         The Bearcats are 281-60 (.824) in games at Fifth Third Arena since the building opened in 1989-90.

·         Under Mick Cronin, UC is 44-25 in Fifth Third (.638).

·         UC was 13-5 at home and 12-5 in Fifth Third Arena last season. The Miami (OH) game was considered a home game despite being played at U.S. Bank Arena.

·         The seven consecutive wins to start the year matched the best home winning streak for the Bearcats since 2004-05, when they won nine games, spanning two seasons.

·         The Bearcats averaged 75.0 points per game at home in 2009-10.

 

NEW FACES AROUND CAMPUS

·         After redshirting last season, freshman guard Sean Kilpatrick (White Plains, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep), joins the Bearcats bringing with him a distinguished resume.

·         Kilpatrick averaged 28.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists over his four-year high school career at White Plains High School and finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

·         Three times he earned all-state, all-section, all-league and all-county honors.

·         He played one season of prep ball at Notre Dame Prep for Ryan Hurd.

·         The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball program signed Justin Jackson and Kelvin Gaines to a National Letters of intent for the 2010-11 season during the early signing period last year.

·         Jackson ranked No. 92 among the top ESPN 100 recruits and was the first player to sign during the early period with the Bearcats.

·         Jackson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward with strong defensive and rebounding skills, played last season for Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Fla.

·         Gaines, a 6-foot-10, 225 pound center, averaged 10.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 6.2 blocks in 2008-09 playing for Jason Niblett at Heat Academy in Martinsville, Va. The Heat finished the season with a record of 50-8 and was ranked as high as No. 12 in the national prep school polls.

·         In 2009-10 season, Gaines transferred to Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Fla., where he teamed with fellow Bearcat signee Justin Jackson.

 

NO LONGER WITH THE BEARCATS

·         When the Bearcats open the 2010-11 season, it will be  their first under head coach Mick Cronin without two-time all-BIG EAST performer Deonta Vaughn.

·         Vaughn finished his career in Clifton as the program’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,885 points. He is the only Bearcat to ever score 1,800 points and dish out 500 assists.

·         In the opening round game of the NIT vs. Weber State, Vaughn assisted on a 3-pointer by Lance Stephenson with 18:00 to play in the first half to move past Eddie Lee (1976-80) into first place on Cincinnati’s all-time assist list (511). A trey by Vaughn with 18:14 remaining in the Weber State game moved him past Darnell Burton (1993-97) as UC’s career 3-point leader (313).

·         Besides Vaughn, the Bearcats lost 2010 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Lance Stephenson to the NBA, where he was selected 40th overall in the Draft by the Indiana Pacers.

·         Stephenson led all BIG EAST freshman in overall scoring with 12.0 ppg and was named to the league All-Rookie team in addition to Rookie of the Year.

·         Stephenson ranked among the team’s Top 3 in points (1st, 12.3 ppg), rebounds (2nd, 5.4 rpg), assists (2nd, 2.4 apg), and steals (2nd, 0.91 spg).

·         Forward Steve Toyloy was a defensive stopper and rebounder for Cincinnati in his two years after transferring from Miami Dade Community College.

·         In 67 career games as a Bearcat, Toyloy averaged 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

 

UC INKS FIVE NLI’S

·         The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team signed five players to national letters of intent for the 2011-12 season.

·         Joining the Bearcats will be Shaquille Thomas (Paterson, N.J./NIA Prep School), Jermaine Sanders (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Rice), Octavius Ellis (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven), Ge’Lawn Guyn (Georgetown, Ky./Scott County), and Jeremiah Davis (Muncie, Ind./Huntington Prep [W.Va.]).

·         The group is ranked the 21st best recruiting class in the nation by ESPN.com.