UC Wraps Up Nonconference Slate vs. Nebraska

Dec. 26, 2013

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team wraps up the nonconference portion of its regular-season schedule on Saturday when it plays host to Nebraska. The contest starts at Noon ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and 700 WLW.

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Cincinnati (10-2) registered a 102-62 home win over Chicago State on Monday with seven Bearcats scoring in double figures. Three Bearcats recorded double-doubles including Sean Kilpatrick (21 points, 10 rebounds), Justin Jackson (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Jermaine Sanders (14 points, 13 rebounds). UC also claimed a 69-21 advantage on the boards, its largest rebounding margin in a game in school history.

Nebraska (8-3) earned a 77-62 home win over The Citadel on Dec. 21. Three Huskers reached double figures in scoring led by Terran Petteway’s game-high 27 points. Shavon Shields poured in 17 points while Leslee Smith posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Cincinnati owns a 3-0 lead in the all-time series with Nebraska, including a 2-0 mark in Cincinnati. The Bearcats won the last meeting, an 84-73 decision in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic on Dec. 31, 1996.

UC concludes its current four-game homestand on Wednesday when it plays its inaugural game in the American Athletic Conference against SMU at 6 p.m. ET.  

Game at a Glance
Series Info: Fourth Meeting; Cincinnati leads 3-0; Cincinnati leads 2-0 in Cincinnati and 1-0 at neutral sites.
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 3
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 84-73 in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic on Dec. 31, 1996.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (145-102); 11th season overall (214-126). Tim Miles is in his second season at Nebraska (23-21); 19th season overall (306-241).
Rankings: Cincinnati and Nebraska are not ranked in either the AP or USA Today polls for Dec. 23.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Mo Egger provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: ESPN2; Mark Neely provides play-by-play with color analyst Dan Dakich.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

Cincinnati Storylines
-Cincinnati wraps up its regular-season nonconference schedule today against Nebraska. The Bearcats are 48-4 (.923) in their last 52 regular-season nonconference home games and are 47-6 (.887) in regular-season non-league games overall since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
-A win over Nebraska would give Cincinnati 11 regular-season nonconference wins this year, third most during the Mick Cronin era (15-0 in 2010-11 and 12-1 in 2012-13 - both were NCAA tournament teams).
-The Bearcats haven’t surrendered more than 67 points in a game all season and have held their opponent under 70 points for 19 consecutive games  - tying for the second longest streak in school history. UC’s other 19-game streak came during the 1999-2000 season while the school record of 35 consecutive games spans three seasons, starting with 1962 NCAA championship game and concluding on Dec. 20, 1963.
-Sean Kilpatrick entered Tuesday 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 (sixth at 84.6 percent), three-point shooting (13th 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.
-Over his last three games Justin Jackson is averaging 15.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks while shooting 73.3 percent from the field. The reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Jackson has had back-to-back double-doubles in his last two games and four on the season. He entered the week ranked 18th in the nation with 3.0 blocks per game.
-UC is a combined 84-34 (.712) during the past three-plus seasons with three trips to the NCAA tournament and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16.