Nov. 25, 2013
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The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team welcomes UMass Lowell to Fifth Third Arena on Tuesday. The game tips at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports Ohio, ESPN3 and 700 WLW. Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.
Fans are encouraged to participate in a canned food drive for the Freestore Foodbank during the men's basketball game on Tuesday. Fans can drop off canned food at collection bins on both concourses of Fifth Third Arena and receive a voucher with the promotion code "FREESTORE." The voucher can be redeemed for $5 off an upper level chairback seat for any December home game.
Cincinnati (4-0) completed a clean sweep of the competition in the four-game Global Sports Shootout last Wednesday, posting an 81-62 win over Campbell at Fifth Third Arena. Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with a season-high 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting with a trio of three-pointers. Justin Jackson registered a career-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go with nine rebounds and a season-best five blocks. Titus Rubles added 10 points, four assists and three steals.
UMass Lowell (0-5) is in its first season at the Division I level, playing eight of its first 10 games of the season away from home. The River Hawks are coming off a 79-68 loss at Rhode Island on Saturday. Junior guard Chad Holley scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
Tuesday's matchup marks the first meeting in series history.
UC continues its seven-game homestand to the start the season when it plays host to Kennesaw State on Friday at 4 p.m.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: First meeting
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (139-100); 11th season overall (208-124).
Pat Duquette is in his first season at UMass Lowell (0-5); first season overall (0-5).
Rankings: Cincinnati and UMass Lowell were not ranked in the AP or USA Today polls for Nov. 18.
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 entered play Sunday as the American Athletic Conference leader in scoring at 19.5 points per game. He eclipsed 1,500 career points at Cincinnati with a season-high 23 points in the Bearcats 81-62 home win over Campbell on Nov. 20.
-Kilpatrick has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 and Naismith Award Early Season Top 50 lists.
-Fellow senior captains Titus Rubles (12.5 ppg) and Justin Jackson (11.3 ppg) also average double figures in scoring for UC. Both players average a team-best 6.5 rebounds each.
-Rubles has scored in double figures in each of his last five games dating back to UC's NCAA tournament game against Creighton last season.
-Jackson is shooting a team-best 61.8 percent from the field (21 of 34) and averages 4.0 blocks.
-Kilpatrick and Jackson shot 18 of 24 from the field (75.0 percent) against Campbell, while combining for 42 of UC's 81 points.
-The Bearcats are 36-7 (.837) in November during the Mick Cronin coaching era, having won 11 in a row since a 73-69 overtime loss to Marshall on Nov. 25, 2011.
-UC is 43-4 in the last 47 nonconference regular-season home games.
-The Bearcats are averaging 7.3 blocks this season, second most in the American behind only Houston (7.8 in five games through Nov. 23). UC is on pace for 226 blocks by the end of the regular season. The 2004-05 squad set the UC record for blocks with 226.
-The Bearcats are a combined 78-32 (.709) since the start of the 2010-11 season with three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16.