Nov. 24, 2012
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The No. 22/20 University of Cincinnati men's basketball team takes on Oregon in the championship game of the Global Sports Classic Saturday in Las Vegas. The game is scheduled to start at approximately 10:30 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center and will be televised by CBS Sports Network. It also can be heard in Cincinnati on 700 WLW-AM.
Both Cincinnati (5-0) and Oregon (5-0) enter Saturday's game undefeated. The Bearcats held off Iowa State 78-70 on Friday behind a career-high 30-point effort by Sean Kilpatrick. The junior was 7 of 14 from the field and was perfect from the foul line, making a school-record 16 of 16 free throw attempts. He also added five rebounds and five steals. Cashmere Wright had 14 points with five assists and three steals. Titus Rubles had a career-high 10 points with five rebounds.
Oregon outlasted No. 18/18 UNLV 83-79 following UC's win over Iowa State on Friday. Damyean Dotson's jumper with 19 seconds remaining proved to be the difference for the Ducks. Four Oregon players scored in double figures in the win led by Dotson's 19 points. Carlos Emory posted 16 points to go with nine rebounds off the bench. The close contest featured 21 lead changes and 11 ties.
Series Info: Second meeting; UC leads 1-0 at neutral sites.
Last Meeting: UC defeated Oregon 77-52 on Dec. 17, 2002 in East Rutherford, N.J., as part of the Jimmy V Classic.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (118-88); 10th season overall (187-112).
Dana Altman is in his third season at Oregon (49-28); 24th season overall (460-271).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 22 in the AP and No. 20 in the USA Today polls. Oregon is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Tom Gelehrter provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: CBS Sports Network; James Bates provides play-by-play with color analysts Steve Lappas and Doug Gottlieb.
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.
-Kilpatrick set the school record making 16 free throws without a miss in the Iowa State game on Friday. The previous mark for most free throws in a game without a miss was 14 by Oscar Robertson vs. Xavier during the 1957-58 season and 14 by Bobby Brannen vs. Southern Mississippi during the 1997-98 campaign.
-Kilpatrick's 32-point scoring effort against Iowa State marked the most points scored by a Bearcat in a game since Deonta Vaughn netted 34 points in a 93-83 home win over Notre Dame on Feb. 4, 2009.
-The Bearcats have won six of their last eight games at a neutral site dating back to last season.
-A win on Saturday would give UC six wins in the month of November for the first time in school history. The Bearcats' record is five set three times during the Mick Cronin era (5-1 in 2006-07; 5-1 in 2008-09; and 5-0 in 2010-11).
THE OREGON SERIES
-Saturday's championship game matchup marks only the second meeting in series history. UC leads 1-0. The Bearcats defeated the Ducks 77-52 in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 17, 2002.
-Cincinnati is 26-16 against current members of the PAC-12: Arizona (0-3), Arizona State (1-2), California (3-4), Colorado (7-1), Oregon (1-0), Oregon State (4-2), Stanford (2-1), UCLA (2-1), USC (0-0), Utah (3-1), Washington (3-1) and Washington State (0-0).