Men's Basketball Returns Home vs. Texas Southern


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Nov. 30, 2009

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Game 6: Texas Southern

Tuesday, Dec. 1 l 7:30 p.m. ET l Fifth Third Arena (13,176) l Cincinnati, Ohio l TV: FOX Sports Ohio l Radio: 700 WLW                        



The Cincinnati Bearcats (4-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) return home after a successful trip to the 2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational where they knocked off a pair of nationally-ranked teams, No. 24/24 Vanderbilt and No. 21/22 Maryland before losing to Gonzaga in the championship game, 61-59, in overtime. UC faces Texas Southern (3-4, 0-0 SWAC) on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Fifth Third Arena before taking off nine days for final exam week. The game vs. Texas Southern will be broadcast on FOX Sports Ohio with Michael Reghi (pxp) and former Bearcat Anthony Buford (analyst) handling the call. Dan Hoard (pxp) and Chuck Machock (analyst) will call the game on 700 WLW.



Cincinnati and Texas Southern have faced off twice in Fifth Third Arena since the series began in 1992 with an 87-44 Bearcats victory. Last season, UC picked up its second win, knocking off the Tigers, 82-51. Cincinnati is 9-0 all-time vs. schools from the SWAC.



l Texas Southern has won two of its last three games to improve to 3-4 on the season. The Tigers lost their last outing at University of Texas-San Antonio, 79-57, shooting just 30.4 percent from the floor.

l For the season, TSU is shooting 47.2 percent from the floor and 39.4 percent from 3-point range. Its opponents are not far behind knocking down 46.2 percent from the floor and .365 from behind the 3-point line.

l The Tigers own a 33.1-30.3 advantage on the boards for the season, including an 83-70 margin on the offensive glass.

l Texas Southern is making an average of 10.4 steals per game and forcing opponents into 15.9 turnovers per contest. DeAndre Hall (14), David Burrell (12), and Travele Jones (10) are each in double figure steals for the year.

l The Tigers have three players averaging in double figures in points led by Travele Jones with 17.1. He is followed by Junior Treasure (16.0) and DeAndre Hall (13.9).

l Travele Jones is also the Tigers top rebounder with 6.1 boards per game. He is followed by DeAndre Hall and Onyekautukwu Abiakam (pronounced on-ye-kaw-TOO-koo  ah-BE-a-cam) who each are posting 5.0 boards per contest.



l The Bearcats own a 9-0 all-time record against teams currently in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

l This will be the third meeting between UC and Texas Southern with the Bearcats owning a 2-0 advantage.

l Head coach Mick Cronin is 8-0 against SWAC teams in his career, including 5-0 vs. Jacksonville State. He earned two wins against SWAC schools last year, beating Texas Southern, 82-51, on Nov. 18 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 79-49, on Dec. 22. The third win came in the 2009-10 season opener on Nov. 16 when the Bearcats beat Prairie View A&M, 69-62.



l For the first time since the 2005-06 season, the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team is ranked in the Top 25 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Polls. The Bearcats were listed No. 22 in the AP Poll, while earning the No. 24 spot in the Coaches’ Poll.

l UC was last ranked in the national polls the week of Jan. 9, 2006 when it was No. 25 in the AP Poll. The last time UC was ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll was at the end of the 2004-05 season.

l With the UC football team at No. 5 in both polls this week, it marks the first time in UC Athletics history that both the football team and the men’s basketball program have been ranked nationally at the same time.



l Cincinnati is 113-168 (.402) all-time vs. opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including a 22-20 (.524) record in Fifth Third Arena.

l UC is 2-0 vs. teams ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll this season after knocking off No. 24/24 Vanderbilt and No. 21/22 Maryland in the first and second rounds of the 2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational, respectively.

* The wins vs. Vanderbilt and Maryland marked the first time since the 1999-00 season that Cincinnati defeated ranked opponents in consecutive games. That year, UC defeated No. 25 Gonzaga 75-68 on Dec. 4, 1999, before defeating No. 7 North Carolina 77-68 on Dec. 8, 1999.

* UC is 5-16 vs. ranked opponents under Cronin.



* Since Mick Cronin took over the program in 2006-07, Cincinnati is 28-16 (.636) vs. non-conference opponents, including a record of 23-6 (.793) in Fifth Third Arena.

* UC has won its last five consecutive and 10 of its last 11 non-conference games at home with the loss coming last season vs. Xavier on Dec. 13, 76-66. During the stretch, the Bearcats have outscored their opponents by an average margin of 21.3 points per game in the 10 wins.


Mick Cronin vs. Non-Conference Opponents

Year   Home  Away Neutral Total

2006-07  8-2      0-1      1-2     9-5

2007-08  5-3      0-4             5-7

2008-89  8-1      1-1      1-1   10-3

2009-10  2-0               2-1     4-1

Totals    23-6      1-6      4-4 28-16



l One of the major reasons for Cincinnati’s success in the EA Sports Maui Invitational was its defense which held opponents to 35.1 percent shooting (53-of-151) and 58.7 points per game in three outings.

l In the three games, UC held each opponents’ top scorer coming into the game below their season average:


Opponen t                Player                          Avg.*   Pts. vs. UC

Vanderbilt                  Jeffery Taylor                19.5     11

Maryland                    Sean Mosley                             15.0     9

                                  Landon Milbourne         15.0     7

Gonzaga                     Matt Bouldin                             18.2     6

* - Average points heading into game vs. UC.



l After opening up with Prairie View A&M (Nov. 16) and Toledo (Nov. 18), the Bearcats made their first appearance in the EA Sports Maui Invitational hosted by Chaminade University on Nov. 23-25 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

l In the first two rounds, the Bearcats knocked off nationally-ranked opponents No. 24/24 Vanderbilt, 67-58, and No. 21/22 Maryland, 69-57, marking the first time since the 1999-00 season UC has beaten ranked opponents in back-to-back games.

l The wins propelled UC into the championship game of the Maui Invitational vs. Gonzaga. With UC leading by as many as 10 points midway through the second half, Gonzaga rallied and forced UC into overtime for the first time this season where it came away with a 61-59 victory.

l Sophomore forward Yancy Gates and senior guard Deonta Vaughn were named to the all-tournament team. Gates was the Bearcats top scorer and rebounder in the tournament, averaging 14.7 points and 10 rebounds per game. Vaughn averaged 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.

l The Maui Invitational was Cincinnati’s fifth trip to the Hawaiian Islands for an early-season tournament. They played in the 1975-76, 1989-90 and 1994-95 Rainbow Classics hosted by the University of Hawaii and won the 1999-00 Big Island Invitational tournament.

l UC now owns a record of 9-6 in the islands.



l Since head coach Mick Cronin took over the program in 2006-07, his teams have traditionally gotten off to strong starts, posting a record of 18-5 in the month of November.

l The Bearcats went have gone 5-1 in November twice under Cronin (2006-07 and 2008-09).

l Senior guard Deonta Vaughn is UC’s top active scorer in the month of November averaging 14.8 points in 23 career games.



l Senior guard Deonta Vaughn has started his first three years at Cincinnati for head coach Mick Cronin where he has twice been named all-BIG EAST Conference (1st team in 2007-08; 3rd team in 2008-09) and led the team in points and assists all three years.

l In UC’s game vs. Toledo he became the 12th player in school history to score 1,500 points in his career and the fifth to post 400 or more career assists. Only Oscar Robertson, Steve Logan, and now Deonta Vaughn have scored 1,500 points and dished out 400 assists in their career in Clifton.

l Currently Vaughn is climbing several career lists at UC and needs:

Nine starts to tie Steve Collier for fourth all-time in career starts with 104.

220 minutes to tie Jason Maxiell (2001-05) for fifth in career minutes played with 3,563.

30 points to tie Jason Maxiell (2001-05) for 11th on the career scoring list with 1,566 points.

Eight 3-pointers to tie Steve Logan (1998-02) for fourth on the career 3-point field goals made list.

12 assists to tie Oscar Robertson (1958-60) for third on the career assists list with 425.

12 steals to tie Tarrance Gibson (1989-93) for fifth on the career steals list.



l Last season the Bearcats finished 76th in the nation in assists per game, averaging 14.6 a contest.

l Through five games this season, Cincinnati is dishing out 15.6 assists per game, led by senior guard Deonta Vaughn (5.0 apg).



* Just prior to the University of Cincinnati’s first exhibition game on Nov. 5 vs. Saginaw Valley State, freshman forward Lance Stephenson was certified by the NCAA to begin competing immediately.

* Stephenson, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward who was named the 2009 BIG EAST Conference Preseason Rookie of the Year, committed to the Bearcats on June 30 after a highly-decorated prep career at Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.), where he averaged 28.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists to earn Class AA New York State Sports Writers Association (NYSSWA) Player of the Year honors his senior year. He graduated high school as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the state of New York with 2,946 points, passing fellow Lincoln High grad Sebastian Telfair, who was the 13th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft and now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

* Stephenson made his college debut starting the season opener vs. Prairie View A&M. He scored seven points, pulling down four rebounds and dishing out two assists vs. the Panthers.

* He is the Bearcats third-leading scorer at 11.4 points per game.

* Stephenson is one of five Bearcats averaging four or more rebounds per game.



* For the first time since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06, the University of Cincinnati was picked to finish in the upper division of the league in the preseason poll being selected to finish seventh by the coaches.

* The Bearcats also earned individual preseason honors as senior guard Deonta Vaughn earned first-team all-BIG EAST plaudits and freshman Lance Stephenson was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.


2009-10 BIG EAST Preseason Coach’s Poll

Rk.  Team                          Result

1.    Villanova (10)                 218

2.    West Virginia (5)              215

3.    Connecticut (1)                185

4.    Louisville                          179

5.    Georgetown                     161

6.    Syracuse                          152

7.    Cincinnati                      135

8.    Notre Dame                     132

9.    Pittsburgh                        119

10.  Seton Hall                        110

11.  St. John’s                           82

12.  Marquette                          78

13.  Providence                         52

14.  USF                                    44

15.  Rutgers                              43

16.  DePaul                                15


2009-10 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame


2009-10 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year

Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati, F


2009-10 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, F, Sr.

Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati, G, Sr.

Greg Monroe, Georgetown, C, So.

Lazar Hayward, Marquette, F, Sr.

Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, G, Sr.

Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Sr.



l The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball program has signed Justin Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla./Arlington Country Day) and Kelvin Gaines (Ocala, Fla /Arlington Country Day) to a National Letters of intent for the 2010-2011 season during the early signing period.

l Jackson is ranked No. 92 among the top ESPN 100 recruits and was the first player to sign during the early period with the Bearcats.

l Jackson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward with strong defensive and rebounding skills, starred last season for Montverde Academy and head coach Kevin Sutton where he posted 15.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 3.1 blocked shots per game as a junior. He was named to the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) and Florida Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) State All-Independent team (for players not participating in district competition).

l This season, Jackson transferred to Jacksonville Arlington Country Day where he will play for head coach Rex Morgan. In preseason action, Jackson has posted 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per contest for the Indians.

l 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.

l This season, Gaines transferred to Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Fla., where he will team with fellow Bearcat signee Justin Jackson. The Indians were ranked No. 31 in country in ESPN’s Preseason poll.



l In his pregame radio interview prior to the season opener vs. Prairie View A&M, head coach Mick Cronin announced that he is planning to redshirt 6-foot-4, 215 pound, freshman guard Sean Kilpatrick (White Plains, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep).

l 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.

l Three times he earned all-state, all-section, all-league and all-county honors.

l He played one season of prep ball at Notre Dame Prep for Ryan Hurd.



l The Bearcats are 268-55 (.830) in games at Fifth Third Arena since the building opened in 1989-90.

l Under Mick Cronin, UC is 35-20 at home (.636).

l UC is 2-0 at home this season.



l After a nine-day break for final exam week, the Bearcats return to the floor on Thursday, Dec. 10 vs. Miami University at U.S. Bank Arena at 8:30 p.m. in a home contest.

l The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

l Cincinnati owns a 91-53 edge in the all-time series and has won the last 10 match-ups dating back to 1991.



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