Dec. 22, 2013
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The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team welcomes Chicago State to Fifth Third Arena on Monday for a 7 p.m. ET contest. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and 700 WLW. Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.
Cincinnati (9-2) earned a 69-48 home win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday behind a game-high 23 points from Sean Kilpatrick. Justin Jackson posted his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds to go with four blocks and four steals. The Bearcats limited the Blue Raiders to 26.7 percent shooting from the field (12 of 45).
Chicago State (5-6) is coming off an 81-64 win over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Dec. 16. Four Cougars scored in double figures led by Clarke Rosenberg’s game-high 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Nate Duhon scored 19 points while Eddie Denard added 18 points.
Cincinnati owns a 3-0 lead in the all-time series with Chicago State, including a 95-60 win on Dec. 23, 2011 at Fifth Third Arena.
UC continues its four-game homestand on Saturday against Nebraska. The game starts at Noon and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and 700 WLW.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: Fourth Meeting; Cincinnati leads 3-0; Cincinnati leads 3-0 in Cincinnati. Current Streak: Cincinnati - 3
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 95-60 at Fifth Third Arena on Dec. 23, 2011.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (144-102); 11th season overall (213-126). Tracy Dildy is in his fourth season at Chicago State (26-80); fourth season overall (26-80).
Rankings: Cincinnati and Chicago State are not ranked in either the AP or USA Today polls for Dec. 16.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: ESPN3; Tom Gelehrter provides play-by-play with color analyst Kyle Macy.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-The Bearcats can wrap up the pre-Holidays portion of their schedule at 10-2 with a win over Chicago State today. It would mark the fifth time in eight seasons under UC head coach Mick Cronin that the Bearcats had at least 10 wins before Dec. 25. The 2010-11 and 2012-13 Bearcats were 12-0 at the break.
-UC has held the opposition under 50 points in each of its last two games for the first time since a 54-41 win over Savannah State (Nov. 24) preceded a 63-34 victory over Dayton (Nov. 27) in 2010.
-The Bearcats allowed only 23 made field goals last week (12 to Middle Tennessee and 11 to Pittsburgh). It marked the lowest combined field goals by UC opponents in back-to-back games during the Mick Cronin era.
-The Bearcats haven’t surrendered more than 67 points in a game all season.
-Cincinnati is 47-4 in its last 51 regular-season nonconference home games.
-Sean Kilpatrick entered Sunday leading the American in scoring (18.7 points per game) and was tied for first in three-pointers made (2.7). He also ranked among the league leaders in three other categories: free-throw shooting (fifth at 84.6 percent), three-point shooting (12th at 40.5 percent) and steals (13th at 1.5). He is among the nation’s Top 50 players on both the Wooden and Naismith Award lists.
-With 1,650 career points entering the Chicago State game, Kilpatrick needs 17 points to move into seventh place on the UC all-time scoring list, passing Ron Bonham (1,666 points from 1962-64).
-Justin Jackson averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and shot 81.3 percent from the field (13 of 16) to go with six blocks and five steals in UC’s pair of wins last week. He netted a game-high 12 points against Pittsburgh and posted his third double-double of the season (and his career) with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Middle Tennessee.