Men's Basketball Takes on Flyers at U.S. Bank Arena
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Nov. 26, 2010

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Game 5: Dayton vs. Cincinnati

Saturday, Nov. 27 l 7 p.m. l U.S. Bank Arena (17,000) l Cincinnati, Ohio l TV: ESPN3.com l Radio: 700 WLW

 

SCOUTING DAYTON

·         Dayton, the 2010 NIT champions, comes into its game vs. Cincinnati with a perfect 5-0 record.

·         The Flyers are 3-0 in their first three games of the Global Sports Main Event with wins over Mount St. Mary’s (67-52), Savannah State (61-59), and Florida A&M (80-60).

·         They also knocked off Mississippi, 78-71, in overtime on Nov. 20 behind 20 points and 11 rebounds by Chris Wright.

·         Junior Josh Parker led UD with a team-high 18 points as the Flyers beat Florida A&M, 80-60 in their last outing. Freshman guard Juwan Staten posted a double-double in the game with 10 points Gand 10 assists.

·         Senior forward Chris Wright leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 13.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg.

·         Staten is tops on the team with 7.2 assists.

·         The Flyers are holding opponents to 62.0 points per game and 39.0 percent shooting.

·         Dayton is out rebounding its opponents by 12.8 boards per game (43.6 to 30.8).

 

GLOBAL SPORTS MAIN EVENT

·         As part of its early season schedule, the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team has been taking 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.

·         The Bearcats are 3-0 in the event with wins over Mount St. Mary’s, 69-59, and Florida A&M, 76-51, and Savannah State, 54-41.

·         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. 24 SAVANNAH STATE NOTES

·         After Savannah State scored on its opening possession, the Bearcats went on a 10-0 run to take an early 12-3 lead. The run lasted 4:39 and featured four points, an assist, and a steal by sophomore point guard Cashmere Wright.

·         Cincinnati responded to a 12-6 Savannah State run in the first half by scoring five consecutive points on a layup by junior guard Dion Dixon and a three-pointer by Wright to increase its lead back to eight, 23-15.

·         Cincinnati began the second half on a 6-0 run to take a 35-19 lead.

·         UC went on a 10-4 run over an 8:36 span in the second half, starting at the 12:59 mark.

·         After hitting only half of its free-throw attempts in the first half, Cincinnati shot 11-for-13 from the charity stripe in the second.

·         Savannah State surrendered 18 turnovers, which led to 23 points for Cincinnati.

·         Cincinnati outrebounded SSU, 37-28, and is a perfect 4-0 on the season when outrebounding its opponent.

·         Dion Dixon had two 3-point play opportunities in the first half, connecting on his second ensuing free throw.

·         Wright had a team-high seven points in the first half, while adding one steal and an assist. Wright finished the game with 11 points after posting a season-high 18 in Cincinnati’s last game on Nov. 22. This is the second time in Wright’s career he has posted consecutive double-digit scoring games.

·         Senior forward Ibrahima Thomas paced UC with four rebounds in the first half and finished the game with eight, while scoring six points and dishing out an assist.

·         After posting consecutive double-doubles, Yancy Gates finished the game just shy of a three-peat with team highs for points (12) and rebounds (9). He did become the first Bearcat to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists in the same game since Lance Stephenson on Dec. 10, 2009 vs. Miami (OH) by adding a team-best tying three assists vs. the Tigers.

 

THE SERIES VS. DAYTON

·         After a four-year hiatus, the University of Cincinnati met Dayton for the 90th time in the second round of the last year’s NIT at Fifth Third Arena with the Flyers coming away with an 81-66 win.

·         The Interstate-75 rivalry is UC’s second-oldest and third longest rivalry in program history.

·         The Bearcats own a 59-31 advantage in the series and have won 14 of the last 17 meetings dating back to the 1989-90 season — UC’s first in Fifth Third Arena.

·         For a series rundown, see the left-hand colum of the following page.

 

UC AT U.S. BANK ARENA

·         Saturday’s game brings Cincinnati back to one of its former home courts. 

·         The Bearcats played at U.S. Bank Arena, then known as Riverfront Coliseum, from 1976-87. 

·         UC has compiled a record of 119-50 (.704) in games played in the building, which includes championships of the Conference USA Tournaments played there in 2002 and 2004. 

·         The Bearcats have won 15 consecutive games at U.S. Bank Arena since the opening round of the 2002 C-USA Tournament.

 

UC VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS

·         Cincinnati is 4-0 vs. non-conference opponents this season with all four games at home.

·         Since Mick Cronin took over the program in 2006-07, Cincinnati is 37-18 (.673) vs. regular-season non-conference opponents, including a record of 32-6 (.842) at home.

·         UC has won 19 of its last 21 non-conference games at home with the losses coming vs. Xavier and Memphis the last three seasons.

 

KILPATRICK WINS BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

·         University of Cincinnati redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick (White Plains, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep) won the BIG EAST Conference’s first league Rookie of the Week honor (Nov. 22) after leading UC to a pair of opening wins over Mount St. Mary’s (69-59) and IPFW (65-59).

·         Kilpatrick scored 34 points in two games, including 21 points in his collegiate debut vs. The Mount on Nov. 15.

·         He shot 55.0 percent (11-of-20) from the field, including 5-for-11 (.455) from 3-point range.

·         Defensively, Kilpatrick posted a pair of steals in each game.

·         Last season, UC players earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week five times as Lance Stephenson won the honor four times and Cashmere Wright claimed it once. 

 

FAST START

·         For the third straight season, Cincinnati is off to a 4-0 start under head coach Mick Cronin.

·         A fifth straight win would be UC’s best beginning under Cronin and first 5-0 start since the 2004-05 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 2005-06.

           

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 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.

           

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.

·         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 opened the 2010-11 season, it was 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.

·         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.