Dec. 12, 2013
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The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team takes on Xavier in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic on Saturday at U.S. Bank Arena. The game starts at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and 700 WLW. Fans can purchase tickets through the U.S. Bank Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Kroger Stores), by calling 1-800-745-3000, Ticketmaster.com or via the U.S. Bank website.
Tickets are $35, $50, $75 and $125. Fans can indicate in advance their desire to sit in the Cincinnati or Xavier sections. A portion of the proceeds from the contest help benefit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati (7-1) is coming off its first loss of the season, a 64-54 setback to New Mexico last Saturday at the Pit in Albuquerque. Sean Kilpatrick led UC with 19 points, including 17 in the second half. Troy Caupain added 11 points and Justin Jackson scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Bearcats struggled from the field, shooting 29.5 percent (18-61), their lowest output of the season. Defense kept UC in the game, as it scored 19 points off 15 New Mexico turnovers.
Xavier (7-3) is coming off a 63-60 comeback home win over Evansville on Tuesday. Semaj Christon led all scorers with 19 points while Matt Stainbrook added a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Dee Davis added 10 points with a pair of three-pointers.
UC has won two of the last three meetings with Xavier, including a 60-45 decision at U.S. Bank Arena last season. The Bearcats lead the all-time series 49-31 and are 8-3 against the Musketeers at U.S. Bank Arena.
The Bearcats next travel to New York City to play Pittsburgh in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The game tips at 7 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN and 700 WLW.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 81st Meeting; UC leads 49-31 overall; UC leads 35-18 at neutral sites; UC leads 10-5 on its campus;
Xavier leads 8-4 on its campus. Current Streak: Cincinnati - 1
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 60-45 at U.S. Bank Arena on Dec. 19, 2012.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (142-101); 11th season overall (211-125).
Chris Mack is in his fifth season at Xavier (97-47); fifth season overall (97-47).
Rankings: Cincinnati and Xavier are not ranked in either the AP or USA Today polls for Dec. 9.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: FOX Sports 1; Mike Corey provides play-by-play with color analyst Donny Marshall. Carol Langley produces.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-Sean Kilpatrick was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll on Monday after averaging 20.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds last week. He poured in a game-high 22 points with a season-high six three-pointers against USC Upstate (Dec. 3) and scored a team-best 19 points at New Mexico (Dec. 7). He leads the American in scoring (19.6 ppg) and three-pointers per game (3.0) entering play on Tuesday.
-Troy Caupain averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals last week. He had a career-high 15 points with a trio of three-pointers against USC Upstate and poured in 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting at New Mexico.
-UC enters Saturday’s game having won 18 consecutive games at U.S. Bank Arena since a 70-55 setback to Temple on Jan. 16, 1997. The Bearcats are 115-50 (.697) all-time at the arena, including an 8-0 mark under head coach Mick Cronin.
-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 15 consecutive games and in 35 of their last 37 contests since a 77-66 win over Oregon (Nov. 24) last season in Las Vegas.
-Over the past five games, the Cincinnati defense has averaged 11.0 steals, forced 21.6 turnovers and scored 27.6 points off those turnovers.
-The Bearcats have recorded runs of eight or more consecutive points 16 times this season while their opponents has registered only two such runs.
-The Bearcats are a combined 81-33 (.711) during the past three-plus seasons with three trips to the NCAA tournament and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16.