Junior-transfer Cheikh Mbodj
Dec. 1, 2011
Cincinnati Game Notes
The University of Cincinnati (4-2) plays its first road game of the season when it battles Georgia (4-3) on Friday at Stegeman Coliseum as part of the HTC BIG EAST-SEC Challenge. The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.
The contest marks the first of three consecutive games the Bearcats will play away from Fifth Third Arena. UC also travels to Xavier on Dec. 10 and Wright State on Dec. 14 before it returns home.
Four Bearcats scored in double figures led by junior-transfer center Cheikh Mbodj (12 points) and senior forward Yancy Gates (10 points and 10 rebounds) as UC recorded a 56-47 home win over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday. Mbodj, playing in only his third game at UC after sitting out the first three games with a right ankle injury, hit two key baskets inside the final three minutes to secure the win. Gates registered his third double-double of the season and 16th of his career.
Georgia is coming off a 70-68 loss at Colorado on Monday and will play its first home game since Nov. 16.
Friday's contest marks the first game in series history between Cincinnati and Georgia. UC is 1-0 in the BIG EAST-SEC Challenge, defeating Mississippi State, 75-63 at US Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati on Dec. 18, 2008.
GAME AT A GLANCE
Series Info: First meeting
Last Meeting: n/a
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his sixth season at Cincinnati (91-79); ninth season overall (160-103). Cronin is 0-0 vs. Georgia. Mark Fox is in his third season at Georgia (39-32); eighth season overall (161-72).
Rankings: Neither team is ranked in the Associated Press or USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll for Nov. 28.
Radio: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger serves as host/engineer.
TV: ESPNU; Clay Matvick provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Kara Lawson. Tom Scofi eld serves as producer.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS
-Cincinnati is 1-0 in the BIG EAST-SEC Challenge with a 75-63 win over Mississippi State on 12/18/2008 at US Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati.
-The Bearcats are 37-47 (.440) all-time against current members of the Southeastern Conference.
-UC recorded an 8-4 record on the road last season with a veteran team. The eight road wins were the most by any team in the BIG EAST. Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Villanova had seven each.
-UC led the BIG EAST Conference, allowing 59.6 points per game. The Bearcats are allowing 53.0 points through six games this season.
-Yancy Gates leads the Bearcats in scoring (14.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.3 rpg) through six games with three double-doubles. He was tabbed All-BIG EAST Second Team in the preseason.
-Sean Kilpatrick has scored in double figures in five of six games, including a season-high 19 points against both Presbyterian (11/19) and Marshall (11/25).
-Cashmere Wright has 17 assists with two turnovers in the last two games.
-The Bearcats were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST according to the league's coaches.