Dec. 5, 2013
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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team plays its first road games of the 2013-14 season when takes on New Mexico at the Pit in Albuquerque on Saturday. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network and 700 WLW.
CBS Sports Network is available through the following cable providers: Time Warner - Channel 968 and 1321; Time Warner (Insight) - Channel 968; Direct TV -Channel 221; DISH Network Channel 158; Comcast Channel 1721 and Cincinnati Bell Channel 219. Or click on the CBS Sports Network channel finder for the station in your area.
Cincinnati finished its season-opening seven-game homestand at 7-0 on Tuesday with an 86-50 win over USC Upstate. The Bearcats made a season-high 13 three-pointers including six from Sean Kilpatrick, who led all scorers with 22 points. Ge'Lawn Guyn and Troy Caupain posted career highs with 15 points each. After USC Upstate tied the game at 32-32 with 3:12 left in the first half, the Bearcats finished the contest on a 54-18 run.
New Mexico improved to 6-1 on Wednesday with a 79-70 win at New Mexico State. Kendall Williams scored a game-high 24 points and Cameron Bairstow poured in 20 to lead the Lobos. New Mexico made 29 of 37 free throws, including 22 in the second half.
The Lobos won last season's matchup with Cincinnati 55-54 on Dec. 27 at Fifth Third Arena - the only previous meeting in series history.
Following Saturday's contest, the Bearcats will have a week off for final exams before playing Xavier in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic on Saturday, Dec. 14 at U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: Second meeting; New Mexico leads 1-0 overall and 1-0 in Cincinnati.
Last Meeting: New Mexico won 55-54 on Dec. 27, 2012 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (142-100); 11th season overall (211-124).
Craig Neal is in his first season at New Mexico (6-1); first season overall (6-1).
Rankings: Cincinnati and New Mexico were not ranked in the AP or USA Today polls for Dec. 2.
Radio: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: CBS Sports Network; Rick Waltz provides play-by-play with color analyst Alaa Abdelnaby.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-UC has started 7-0 for the 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.
-Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick entered play Wednesday ranked first in the American Athletic Conference in scoring (19.7 points per game) and three-pointers per game (3.3). He entered the week ranked eighth in the nation in career three-pointers made (237) and was 11th in career scoring (1,560 points).
-With 1,582 career points entering the New Mexico game, Kilpatrick needs four points to move into 10th place on the list, passing Lloyd Batts (1,585 points from 1972-74) and Darnell Burton (1,584 points from 1994-97).
-Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick and New Mexico's Alex Kirk were teammates this summer for USA Basketball at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
-Ge'Lawn Guyn is averaging 11.0 points while shooting 58.8 percent from the field (10 of 17) during the last three games. He scored a career high 15 points against USC Upstate.
-Since the start of the 2010-11 season, UC is 48-2 when scoring at least 70 points. The Bearcats have held the opponent under 70 points for 14 consecutive games and in 34 of their last 36 contests since a 77-66 win over Oregon (Nov. 24) last season in Las Vegas.
-The Bearcats have recorded runs of eight or more consecutive points 14 times this season while their opponents has registered only two such runs.
-Over the past four games, the Cincinnati defense has averaged 11.8 steals, forced 23.3 turnovers and scored 29.8 points off those turnovers.
-The Bearcats are a combined 81-32 (.717) during the past three-plus seasons with three trips to the NCAA tournament, including the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16.