UC Faces Pittsburgh in Jimmy V Classic

Dec. 15, 2013

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The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team travels to New York City’s Madison Square Garden to take on Pittsburgh in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN and 700 WLW.

Cincinnati (7-2) is coming off a 64-47 setback to Xavier on Saturday in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic at U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati. Guard Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 17 points while Shaquille Thomas added 13 points. Justin Martin Led Xavier with 17 points and a trio of three-pointers.

Pittsburgh (10-0) remained undefeated on the season following a 91-73 home win over Youngstown State on Saturday. Five Panthers scored in double figures led by forward Lamar Patterson’s 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and three three-pointers.

Tuesday’s game marks the 19th meeting in series history. The series is tied at 9-9. The teams met twice last season with the visiting team winning both times. UC won 70-61 at Pitt on New Year’s Eve while Pitt won 62-52 at UC on Feb. 9. UC has won two of the last three meetings.

UC returns home to Fifth Third Arena to play Middle Tennessee on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.

Game at a Glance
Series Info: 19th Meeting; Series tied 9-9 overall; Pittsburgh leads 1-0 at neutral sites and 5-4 in Pittsburgh;
Cincinnati leads 5-3 in Cincinnati. Current Streak: Pittsburgh - 1
Last Year’s Meetings: Cincinnati won 70-61 at Pittsburgh on Dec. 31, 2012;
Pittsburgh won 62-52 at Cincinnati on Feb. 9, 2013
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (142-102); 11th season overall (211-126). Jamie Dixon is in his 11th season as head coach at Pittsburgh (272-86); 11th season overall (272-86).
Rankings: Cincinnati and Pittsburgh 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: ESPN; Dan Shulman provides play-by-play with color analyst Jay Bilas. Andy Katz reports.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

Cincinnati Storylines
-The fight to find a cure for cancer is very important for UC head coach Mick Cronin. He currently serves as a board member of the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Southwest Ohio chapter. He lost his mother, Peggy, in 2005 to multiple myeloma - a cancer of the plasma cells (type of white blood cell) in bone marrow.  
-Four current Bearcats hail from the New York metro area including starters Sean Kilpatrick (Yonkers, N.Y./White Plains High School) and Shaquille Thomas (Paterson, N.J./NIA Prep) and reserves Jermaine Sanders (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Rice High School) and Jermaine Lawrence (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Pop John XXIII High School). All four players grew up within a 22-mile radius of Madison Square Garden.
-Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick enters Tuesday leading the American Athletic Conference in scoring (19.3 points per game). Kilpatrick entered last week ranked among the nation’s best in career three-pointers made (eighth) and career points (10th). He is among the nation’s Top 50 players on both the Wooden and Naismith Award lists.
-Cincinnati posted a 77-52 upset win over No. 5 Oregon in its only previous appearance in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 17, 2002. The game was played in East Rutherford, N.J.
-The Bearcats rank first in the American Athletic Conference in scoring defense (allowing 58.0 points) entering play on Tuesday. UC has held its opponent under 70 points for 16 consecutive games and in 36 of its last 38 contests.
-The Bearcats are a combined 81-34 (.704) during the past three-plus seasons with three trips to the NCAA tournament and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16.