Men's Basketball Faces Wright State first time since 2001
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Nov. 30, 2010

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Game 6: Wright State at Cincinnati

Wednesday, Dec. 1 l 7 p.m. l Fifth Third Arena (13,176) l Cincinnati, Ohio l TV: None l Radio: 700 WLW

 

SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE

·         Wright State is 3-3 on the season after dropping a pair of games last weekend in the Chicago Invitational Challenge at the Sears Centre, losing to Richmond, 71-61, and Southern Illinois, 56-50.

·         The Raiders lost their season opener at Indiana, 90-59, before reeling off three straight vs. Northwood (75-55), Southern (66-43), and Oakland (82-79).

·         Wright State owns a record of 0-3 away from the Nutter Center this year.

·         Senior guards Vaughn Duggins (16.0 ppg), N’Gai Evans (12.3 ppg), and Troy Tabler (12.2) are each averaging in double figures for Wright State.

·         Evans, who missed the first three games of the season for the Raiders, scored a team-high 24 points in their loss to Richmond.

·         Tabler is the son of former Major League Baseball player Pat Tabler.

·         Freshman guard Matt Vest tops the team with 4.7 rebounds per game.

·         The Raiders are being out rebounded 34.0-30.0 this season.

·         Duggins also leads the team in assists with 16 (2.7 apg).

·         Defensively, WSU is holding opponents to 61.8 points per game despite allowing opponents to shoot 46.3 percent from the field.

·         Wright State is shooting 70.9 percent (95-of-134) from the charity stripe as a team.

 

THE SERIES VS. WRIGHT STATE

·         Despite being separated by just 50 miles, this will be just the seventh meeting between Cincinnati and Wright State.

·         All six contests between the two schools have been played in Cincinnati with the Bearcats winning all of them.

·         It has been nine years since the two last faced each other on the court with UC taking an 83-54 victory over the Raiders at Fifth Third Arena on Nov. 20, 2001. In the game, UC Hall of Famer Steve Logan scored 21 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists.

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

 

GLOBAL SPORTS MAIN EVENT

·         As part of its early season schedule, the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team took 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 played host to three additional home games as part of the event in Fifth Third Arena as they took 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 went 4-0 in the event with wins over Mount St. Mary’s, 69-59, Florida A&M, 76-51, Savannah State, 54-41, and Dayton, 68-34.

·         UC closed out play in the Global Sports Main Event with a 68-34 win over Dayton at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 27. Dayton’s 34 points was the fewest ever allowed by a Mick Cronin UC team. Junior guard Dion Dixon led the way with a career-high 20 points. The UC defense held the Flyers to 20.0 percent (12-of-60) shooting from the field.

·         Dixon led all Bearcats in scoring during the event, averaging 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists a game.

·         UC’s four opponents averaged 46.2 points per game, while the Bearcats scored 66.8 points per contest.

 

NOV. 27 DAYTON NOTES

·         The Bearcats held Dayton to 34 points on 20.0 percent shooting and cruised to a 68-34 win at U.S. Bank Arena.

·         It was UC’s 16th straight win in U.S. Bank Arena, dating back to the 2002 Conference USA Tournament.

·         The 34 points are the fewest allowed by a Mick Cronin UC basketball team, while the 20.0 percent shooting equaled for the lowest opponent output. Both previous marks came on Jan. 30, 2008 in a 62-39 win at West Virginia.

·         The game also marked the first time since a 74-41 win over Duquesne on Dec. 1, 2001 that UC held an opponent without a double figure scorer.

·         Cincinnati started the game on a 15-3 run that lasted until the 14:28 mark the in the first half.

·         UC dominated the Flyers on the boards early in the first half, with a 14-6 edge, before Dayton closed the gap to 20-16 by halftime.

·         UC shot 51.9 percent in the first half, while holding UD to 23.3 percent.

·         Cincinnati opened the second half with a 14-0 run.

·         In the second half, Dayton did not make its first field goal until 8:41 remaining. Its previous second-half points came from free throws and a Cincinnati goal-tending violation.

·         Senior forward Rashad Bishop scored seven points on 3-3 shooting during Cincinnati’s 15-3 run that started the game and he finished the game with 10 points.

·         Junior forward Yancy Gates, Cincinnati’s leading scorer and rebounder, played only three minutes in the first half after committing two early fouls. Gates played 10 minutes in the second half and finished the game with five points, two rebounds and added an assist, a block and a steal.

·         Dixon, a junior guard from Chicago, scored a career-high 20 points, making him the fifth current Bearcat with a 20-point game.

·         Senior forward Darnell Wilks dished out a career-high five assists, while adding six rebounds and scoring four points.

·         Freshman forward Justin Jackson had career highs in points (five) and rebounds (seven) while tying his career best of two blocked shots.

 

FAST START

·         Cincinnati is 5-0 to start the season, its best beginning to a season under head coach Mick Cronin.

·         The last time UC got off to a 5-0 start was 2004-05 when it won the first 11 games of the year.

·         The school record for the most consecutive wins to start a season is 19 in 1962-63, the year after UC won its second straight NCAA title.

 

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS SINCE BACK-T0-BACK CHAMPS

·         Starting with a preseason luncheon in October, the University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics will spend the next two season celebrating the 50th anniversaries of its back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 1961 and 1962.

·         During the celebration members of the two national championship teams will be invited back to recognized at halftime of games.

·         To honor the two great teams, the UC basketball program will sport special adidas throw-back uniforms at various games throughout the year. The team debuted the white uniform at its game at U.S. Bank Arena on Nov. 27 vs. Dayton in a 68-34 victory.

 

IT’S BEEN A WHILE ...

·         In the Bearcats 68-34 win over Dayton, UC did not allow a Flyers’ basketball player to score in double figures.

·         It marks the first time  Cincinnati has held an opponent without a double-figure scorer since knocking off Duquesne, 74-41, on Dec. 1, 2001, a span of 291 games.

·         The Bearcats held the Dukes to 22.9 percent shooting from the field and 28.6 percent behind the arc in the match-up, while posted a 55-28 advantage on the glass.

 

FIFTH THIRD ADVANTAGE

·         The Bearcats are 283-60 (.825) in games at Fifth Third Arena since the building opened in 1989-90.

·         Under Mick Cronin, UC is 46-25 in Fifth Third (.648).

·         UC was 13-5 at home and 12-5 in Fifth Third Arena last season. The Miami (OH) game was considered a home game despite being played at U.S. Bank Arena.

·         The seven consecutive wins last year to start the season matched the best home winning streak for the Bearcats since 2004-05, when they won nine games, spanning two 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. 

 

A TALE OF TWO HALVES

·         So far this season, UC is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and averaging 38.6 points in the first half.

·         Contrarily, UC has found scoring to be more difficult in the second half, shooting 32.3 percent and posting 27.8 points.

 

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.

·         Kilpatrick is the team’s third-leading scorer posting 9.4 points in 18.4 minutes per game, while Jackson, who notched career highs for points (5) and rebounds (7) against Dayton is playing 13.0 minutes a night.

 

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 2006-07.

           

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.

·         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.

           

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.