Nov. 23, 2011
Watch the game on ESPN3
Cincinnati Game Notes
The University of Cincinnati (3-1) welcomes Marshall (4-0) to Fifth Third Arena on Friday for the finale of the Global Sports Challenge. The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN3 and is also available to Time Warner Cable digital customers through the "Sports Pass" package on channel 315.
The Bearcats are coming off a 71-43 home win against Northwestern State on Monday. UC senior forward Yancy Gates registered his 15th career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead four UC players in double figures. Marshall earned a 69-64 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday. Senior guard Damier Pitts led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field to go with five assists.
UC owns a 19-11 advantage in the all-time series with Marshall, including a 15-2 mark in Cincinnati.
The Marshall game concludes UC's play in the four-game Global Sports Challenge, an NCAA-exempt event. The Bearcats have posted wins against three other event participants, including Alabama State (65-40 on Nov. 13), Jacksonville State (73-59 on Nov. 15) and Northwestern State (71-43 on Nov. 21).
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 31st meeting; UC leads 19-11 overall; UC leads 15-2 in Cincinnati; Marshall leads 9-4 in Huntington
Last Meeting: UC won 79-75 at Fifth Third Arena on Nov. 21, 2000.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his sixth season at Cincinnati (90-78); ninth season overall (159-102). Cronin is 0-0 vs. Marshall.
Tom Herrion is in his second season at Marshall (26-12); sixth season overall (106-50).
Rankings: Neither team is ranked in the Associated Press or USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll for Nov. 21.
Radio: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger serves as host/engineer.
TV: ESPN3; Dave Weekley provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Mark Adams. Todd Kulis serves as producer. Matt McCandlish directs. (The game is also available to Time Warner Cable digital customers through the "Sports Pass" package on channel 315.)
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
Streaks, Storylines, Sidebars
-Yancy Gates leads the Bearcats in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg) through four games with two double-doubles this season. He was tabbed to the All-BIG
EAST Second Team in the preseason.
-The Bearcats have held their last nine regular-season nonconference opponents under 60 points since a 92-72 home win over Utah Valley State (12/11/10).
-UC is allowing 49.5 points through four games. The Bearcats led the BIG EAST at 59.6 points allowed last season.
-The Bearcats have registered 32 blocks through three games this season (8.0 per game). Justin Jackson leads all UC players with 11 rejections.
-The Bearcats were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST according to the league's coaches.
-UC is the only team in the nation 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).
-Current UC athletic trainer Jeff Carrico was inducted into the Marshall University Sports Medicine Hall of Fame in 2009 for 10 years of service. He has been at UC since 2007.