Nov. 27, 2013
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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team plays host to Kennesaw State on Friday at Fifth Third Arena. The game tips at 4 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.
Cincinnati (5-0) cruised to a 79-49 home win over UMass Lowell on Tuesday. Three Bearcats scored in double figures led by Sean Kilpatrick who netted a game-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go with six rebounds. Justin Jackson registered his second double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Ge’Lawn Guyn contributed a season-high 10 points while Shaquille Thomas added seven points, four rebounds and a career-high five assists.
The Bearcats forced a season-high 28 UMass Lowell turnovers and limited the River Hawks to 38.1 percent shooting from the field (16 of 42) and 20.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc (3 of 15).
Kennesaw State (3-5) is coming off a 73-54 home win over Truett-McConnell on Tuesday. The Owls were led by Orlando Coleman’s game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. He also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and five steals. Teammates Bernard Morena and Yonel Brown scored 14 points each while combining for five three-pointers.
Friday’s meeting is the first in series history between the two schools.
UC concludes its seven-game homestand to the start the season when it welcomes USC Upstate on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: First meeting
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (140-100); 11th season overall (209-124).
Lewis Preston is in his third season at Kennesaw State (9-60); third season overall (9-60).
Rankings: Cincinnati and Kennesaw State were not ranked in the AP or USA Today polls for Nov. 25.
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 moves into a tie for third place with Dwight Jones (112 from 1980-83) for consecutive games played when he takes the floor Friday against Kennesaw State. Kilpatrick has played in every Bearcats game since the start of his redshirt freshman season (2010-11). Keith Gregor (131 from 1993-96) and Jason Maxiell (129 from 2002-05) lead the list.
-UC has started 5-0 for third time in the past four seasons. The Bearcats won their first 12 games last season and jumped out to a 15-0 start in 2010-11.
-UC’s seven-game homestand to start the 2013-14 season matches the longest season-opening homestand of the Mick Cronin era. The Bearcats also played their first seven games at Fifth Third Arena to start the 2006-07 campaign - Cronin’s first as head coach at his alma mater. UC went 5-2 during the homestand.
-Solid defensive play continues to be a staple for the Bearcats program in 2013-14. UC ranks among the conference leaders in several categories, including scoring defense (first at 55.6), scoring margin (second at 20.2), rebounds (second at 39.8), blocks (second at 6.8), turnover margin (second at +5.2), steals (third at 9.4) and field goal percentage defense (third at .361).
-The Bearcats wrap up the November portion of their schedule today against Kennesaw State. UC is 37-7 (.841) in November during the Mick Cronin coaching era, having won 12 in a row since a 73-69 overtime loss to Marshall on Nov. 25, 2011.
-UC is 44-4 in the last 48 nonconference regular-season home games.
-Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Bearcats are 46-2 when scoring at least 70 points.
-The Bearcats are averaging 6.8 blocks this season, second most in the American behind only UConn (7.3 as on Nov. 26). UC is on pace for 210 blocks by the end of the regular season. Last year’s team set a Mick Cronin era record for rejections with 208 blocks - third most in school history. The school record is 226 set by the 2004-05 squad.