Undefeated Bearcats Face Utah Valley On Saturday
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Game 8: Utah Valley at Cincinnati

Saturday, Dec. 11 l 8 p.m. l Fifth Third Arena (13,176) l Cincinnati, Ohio

TV: Fox Sports Ohio/BIG EAST Network l Radio: 700 WLW

SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY
The Wolverines (4-4) won four straight before falling, 70-63, at Missouri Kansas City on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Utah Valley's four wins included a 70-68 win in Corvallis, Ore. over the Pac 10 Oregon State.
Junior guard Isiah Williams paces the squad with 15.4 points a game, including a career-high 24 points against UMKC. Junior forward Geddes Robinson pulls down 7.0 rebounds per contest. Freshman guard Holton Hunsaker hands out 2.9 assists a game.
UVU has two players that score in double figures, led by Wililams (15.4) and Jordan Swarbrick, who tosses in 11.8 points a game. Hunsaker averages 9.8 ppg. and  Robinson 9.1 ppg.
Previously called Utah Valley State College (UVSC), the school attained university status in July 2008, changing to Utah Valley University.
UVU is the only collegiate athletics program to jump directly from junior college status to NCAA Division I status (transition began in 2003).
Utah Valley, located in Orem, Utah, has 15 NCAA competitive sports, is home to nearly 29,000 students and claims to be one of the safest colleges in the country.

THE SERIES VS. UTAH VALLEY
The match-up is the first time Cincinnati has played Utah Valley University.
Utah Valley is a member of the Great West Conference. Cincinnati has played two opponents from the GWC, the University of South Dakota and Chicago State.
The Bearcats are 6-0 vs. Great West Conference opponents. Their most recent opponent from the GWC is South Dakota, defeating the Coyotes, 77-46, on Nov. 16, 2008.

LAST TIME OUT
Dion Dixon scored 17 points and Cincinnati improved to 7-0 with an 81-47 rout of Toledo.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 32-5 lead just nine minutes into the game hitting 11 of their first 13 shots, led 53-21 at the half and were never challenged.
Cincinnati led by as many as 39 points in the second half.
Eleven players scored for the Bearcats, and six had at least eight points. Cashmere Wright was the only other player in double figures with 10. Wright also added four assists, tying teammates Rashad Bishop, and JaQuon Parker for the team high.
The Bearcats forced 18 turnovers which led to 21 points, and turned 12 offensive rebounds into 15 second-chance points while outrebounding the Rockets 40-36.
The Bearcats have allowed more than 59 points only once this season.
Ibrahima Thomas led the way on the glass with eight rebounds to go along with his seven points.
Cincinnati matched its season low with only eight turnovers and scored a season-high 81 points.

LAST TIME AT FIFTH THIRD
Redshirt freshman guard Sean Kilpatrick came out of the gates strong for Cincinnati and finished the game with a career-high 26 points in UC's 77-69 victory over Wright State. Kilpatrick now has scored in double figures in three of his first six games at UC.
With the 77-69 win over Wright State, UC holds a 7-0 lead in the series.
After falling behind 8-2 at the 14:05 mark of the first half, UC scored 14 of the next 19 points to take its first lead, 16-13, at 6:42.
UC started the game 1-of-6 from the field, but connected on 13 of its last 20 shots (.650) and finished the half with a 53.8 percent shooting percentage.
Wright State cut UC's lead to six, 46-40, when Cincinnati went on a 17-2 run over the next four minutes to run out to a 62-42 lead.
Wright State is the first team this season to outrebound Cincinnati, grabbing a 28-27 advantage on the glass.
The Bearcats committed a season-low eight turnovers and shot a season-high 50.9 percent from the field.
As a team UC passed out 18 assists on 28 made shots.
Kilpatrick was 5-for-5 from 3-point range for a career high, eclipsing his three vs. Mount St. Mary's in the season opener.
Kilpatrick (26), Dion Dixon (11), Rashad Bishop (10), Yancy Gates (10), and Cashmere Wright (10) all scored in double-figures for UC, marking the first game since Providence on Jan. 30, 2010 that five players scored in double digits in the same game.

DOMINATING DAYTON
After falling to Dayton in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament last season, the Bearcats defeated the 2009-10 NIT Champions in resounding fashion on Nov. 27, 2010.
The Bearcats held Dayton to 34 points on 20.0 percent shooting and cruised to a 68-34 win at U.S. Bank Arena.
The 34 points are the fewest allowed by a Mick Cronin UC basketball team, while the 20.0 percent shooting equalled 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.
UC shot 51.9 percent in the first half and opened the second half with a 14-0 run, holding Dayton without a field goal until 8:41 remaining. Its previous second-half points came from free throws and a Cincinnati goal-tending violation.

FAST START
Cincinnati is 7-0 to start the season, its best beginning to a season under head coach Mick Cronin.
The last time UC got off to a 7-0 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.

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 and 28.6 percent behind the arc in the match-up, while posting a 55-28 advantage on the glass.

FIFTH THIRD ADVANTAGE
The Bearcats are 284-60 (.826) in games at Fifth Third Arena since the building opened in 1989-90.
Under Mick Cronin, UC is 47-25 in Fifth Third (.652).
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 home 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.

U.S. BANK ADVANTAGE
UC's 68-34 victory over Dayton at U.S. Bank Arena on Nov. 27, 2010 was the Bearcats' 16th straight win there, dating back to the 2002 Conference USA Tournament.

BISHOP STREAKING
Senior forward Rashad Bishop is a perfect 15-for-15 from the charity stripe this season.
Bishop hit his only free throw against Wright State. He was 6-for-6 against Mount St. Mary's and IPFW earlier this season and did not go to the free throw line at Toledo.

WRIGHT-ING A WRONG
Redshirt sophomore guard Cashmere Wright has made an impressive turnaround at the charity stripe.
In his first three games of the 2010-11 season, Wright was 7-for-16 at the free throw line (.438 percent).
Since then, Wright has connected on all of his free throws, currently riding a 11-shot streak at the charity stripe.

A TALE OF TWO HALVES
So far this season, UC is shooting 51.2 percent from the field and averaging 40.0 points in the first half.
Cincinnati's 53 points in the first half at Toledo is the second most points scored in a half under head coach Mick Cronin.
Contrarily, UC has found scoring to be more difficult in the second half, shooting 35.1 percent and posting 30.0 points.
UC's 43 points in the second half against Wright State was only the second time this season the Bearcats have scored more points in the second stanza (FAMU and WSU). 

Totals        FG Pct.    3-pt.    Points
First Half        51.2    45.6    280
Second Half        35.1    25.7    210

KILPATRICK WINS BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick 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. 

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 posting 11.7 points in 20.7 minutes per game, while Jackson, who notched career highs for points (5) and rebounds (7) against Dayton, is playing 12.9 minutes a night.

GLOBAL SPORTS MAIN EVENT
As part of its early season schedule, UC 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 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.

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.

Win Totals
    06-07    07-08    08-09    09-10
Baylor    15    21    24    28
California    16    17    22    24
Cincinnati    11    13    18    19
Duke    22    28    30    35
Purdue    22    25    27    29

HOT SHOT
Against Wright State the Bearcats shot 50.9 percent from the floor, marking the 17th time under head coach Mick Cronin that UC has hit on half of its shots during a game.
Cincinnati is 13-4 overall when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor under Cronin.

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 seasons 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 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.

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.