Men's Basketball |
Dec. 21, 2012
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The No. 11/11 University of Cincinnati men's basketball team plays host to Wright State on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. The contest tips at 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio. It is also available on 700 WLW-AM.
The 11-0 Bearcats are coming off a 60-45 win over Xavier in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic on Wednesday at U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati. Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 25 points with seven rebounds and four steals. Cashmere Wright poured in 15 points with a trio of three-pointers and four assists. JaQuon Parker added 11 points and six rebounds.
Wright State (8-3) defeated Miami (Ohio) 67-59 at home on Wednesday to claim its fourth victory in five games. Miles Dixon scored a game-high 21 points with 11 free throws for the Raiders. Jerran Young added 19 points with 11 free throws, six rebounds and three steals.
The Bearcats lead the all-time series with Wright State 8-0, including a 78-58 win at the Wright State Nutter Center last season on Dec. 14. UC is 7-0 against the Raiders in Cincinnati, including a 77-69 decision at Fifth Third Arena on Dec. 1, 2010.
Series Info: Ninth meeting; UC leads 8-0 overall; UC leads 7-0 in Cincinnati and 1-0 in Dayton, Ohio.
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 8
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 78-58 at Wright State Nutter Center on Dec. 14, 2011.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (124-88); 10th season overall (193-112).
Billy Donlon is in his third season at Wright State (40-36); third season overall (40-36).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 11 in both the AP and USA Today polls this week. Wright State is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock. Mo Egger produces.
TV: FOX Sports Ohio; Tom Gelehrter provides play-by-play with color analyst Terry Nelson.
Josh Hall produces. David Ashbrock directs.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-The Bearcats are 11-0 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 11-0 for the 10th time in school history. With a win on Saturday, the Bearcats can move to 12-0 for only the eighth time in school history.
-The Bearcats entered play Thursday as one of eight Division I teams still undefeated on the season.
-UC has won 38 of its last 41 nonconference regular-season home games.
-UC has blocked eight or more shots in six games this season, a feat that was accomplished seven times all of last season.
-Mick Cronin is one win shy of tying Tay Baker (125 career wins from 1966-72) for fourth place on the UC career coaching wins list. Cronin is two victories from matching Gale Catlett (126 wins from 1973-78) for third place on the chart.
-Cashmere Wright (170) needs three steals to pass Deonta Vaughn (172 from 2006-10) for third place on the UC career steals list.
-The Bearcats have won eight of their 11 games this season by 15 or more points and entered the week ranked fifth in the nation in scoring margin (+24.1).
-Cincinnati held Xavier to 45 points on Wednesday, marking the fewest points scored by the Musketeers in the 80-game series since a 52-45 Bearcats win on March 3, 1948. It marked only the fifth time in series history either UC or Xavier was limited to 45 or fewer points.
-Titus Rubles is averaging 9.0 rebounds (27 total) over the last three games.
-Sean Kilpatrick has scored in double figures in all 11 games this season and has tallied 20 or more points five times.
Scouting Wright State
-Wright State visits Cincinnati on Saturday having won three consecutive games and four of its last five contests. The Raiders are 4-2 in true road games this season.
-Junior forward Cole Darling leads the Raiders in scoring, averaging 12.9 points. He is shooting 53.8 percent from the field (28 of 52) and 92.6 percent from the free-throw line (25 of 27). He has six starts in seven games played.
-Junior guard Miles Dixon averages 10.8 points as the other Raider averaging double figures. Junior guard Matt Vest leads the team in rebounding (4.3 rpg) and steals (1.5).
-Sophomore guard Reggie Arceneaux averages 9.7 points and a team-best 2.9 assists while sophomore guard Kendall Griffin averages 5.5 points and 1.0 steals
-Wright State was 13-19 overall last season and 7-11 in the Horizon League.
-Cincinnati holds an 8-0 advantage all-time in its series with Wright State. The Bearcats claimed a 78-58 victory on Dec. 14, 2011 in the series' first meeting outside the Queen City.
-The Bearcats earned a 77-69 decision over the Raiders on Dec. 1, 2010 at Fifth Third Arena.
UC was 3-0 against Wright State at Armory Field House from the 1973 through 1975 seasons. UC also won a contest played at Riverfront Coliseum in 1976. The Bearcats are 3-0 against the Raiders all-time at Fifth Third Arena.
-Cincinnati is 36-10 (.783) all-time against current members of the Horizon League: Cleveland State (11-0), Detroit (2-2), Loyola (6-6), UIC (2-1), Valparasio (4-1), Wright State (8-0) and Youngstown State (3-0).