Dec. 17, 2012
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The No. 11/11 University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team takes on Xavier in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic on Wednesday at U.S. Bank Arena. The contest tips at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2. It is also available on 700 WLW-AM.
A portion of the proceeds from the contest help benefit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Fans can still purchase tickets to the contest at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, including select Kroger stores, Tickermaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
The Bearcats are 10-0 to start a season for the second time in three years and entered the week as one of only eight undefeated teams in the nation.
UC is coming off a 72-56 road win over Marshall on Saturday in Charleston, W.Va. Cashmere Wright led the Bearcats with 14 points and four three-pointers. Sean Kilpatrick added 13 points and six rebounds. Justin Jackson had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with three steals and three assists.
Xavier posted a 62-55 home win over Kent State on Dec. 9. Semaj Christon led the Musketeers with 18 points. Brad Redford added 14 points with four three-pointers.
Cincinnati leads the all-time series with Xavier 48-31. The Musketeers won last year’s meeting 76-53 at the Cintas Center. This is the first meeting at U.S. Bank Arena since a 75-73 UC win on Jan. 29, 1987 when the facility was named Riverfront Coliseum.
Series Info: 80th Meeting; UC leads 48-31 overall; UC leads 34-18 at neutral sites; UC leads 7-3 at U.S. Bank Arena; UC leads 10-5 on its campus; Xavier leads 8-4 on its campus. Current Streak: Xavier - 1
Last Meeting: Xavier won 76-53 at the Cintas Center on Dec. 10, 2011.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (123-88); 10th season overall (192-112).
Chris Mack is in his fourth season at Xavier (80-32); fourth season overall (80-32).
Rankings: Cincinnati was ranked No. 11 in both the AP and USA Today polls this week. Xavier was not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger produces.
TV: ESPN2; Bob Wischusen provides play-by-play with color analyst Dan Dakich. Andy Katz reports.
Aaron Stojkov produces. Scott Johnson directs.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-A portion of the proceeds from the 2012 Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic benefit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
-Today’s game marks the 80th meeting between Cincinnati and Xavier and the first at U.S. Bank Arena since Jan. 29, 1987 when the arena was named Riverfront Coliseum.
-UC is 7-3 against Xavier at U.S. Bank Arena, with all games taking place on an annual basis from 1976-1987.
-The Bearcats have won 17 consecutive games at U.S. Bank Arena since a 70-55 loss to Temple on Jan. 16, 1997. UC is 114-50 (.695) all-time at the arena.
-UC features one of the top backcourts in the BIG EAST Conference with junior guard Sean Kilpatrick and senior guards Cashmere Wright and JaQuon Parker. The trio accounts for 84.6 percent of UC’s three-pointers (66 of 78); 54.1 percent of its scoring (449 of 830 points); 48.6 percent of its steals
(51 of 105) and 47.3 percent of its assists (78 of 165).
-The Bearcats are 10-0 to start the year for the second time in three seasons. The 2010-11 squad started the year 15-0 en route to a 26-11 mark and NCAA tournament berth, head coach Mick Cronin’s first at UC.
-UC is 10-0 for the 10th time in school history.
-The Bearcats entered Monday as one of eight Division I teams still undefeated on the season.
-Sean Kilpatrick has scored in double figures in all 10 games this season and has tallied 20 or more points four times. He netted a career-high 32 points against Iowa State (Nov. 23) in the semifinals of the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas. He ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 19.3 points per game.
-Cashmere Wright is ranked third in the league in three-point shooting (47.5 percent), tied for seventh in steals (2.2 spg) and 15th in scoring (14.9 ppg).
-Xavier enters Wednesday’s game having won four of its last five games after a 62-55 home victory against Kent State on Dec. 9.
-Freshman guard Semaj Christon leads the Musketeers averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals.
-Three other Musketeers average double figures in scoring in forward Justin Martin (12.9 points), guard Dee Davis (11.9 points) and forward Travis Taylor (10.1 points). Taylor leads the squad with 6.4 rebounds per game. Davis has made 47.6 percent of his three-point attempts (20 of 42).
-Xavier finished last season with a 23-13 overall record and 10-6 Atlantic 10 Conference mark. The Musketeers advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 before losing to Baylor 75-70.