UC Plays Host to Temple on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET
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The No. 19/23 University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team plays host to Temple on Tuesday at Fifth Third Arena. The contest starts at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network and 700 WLW.
Fans can purchase tickets at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.
CBS Sports Network is available through the following cable providers: Time Warner - Channel 968 and 1321; Time Warner (Insight) - Channel 968; Direct TV -Channel 221; DISH Network Channel 158; Comcast Channel 1721 and Cincinnati Bell Channel 219. Or click on the CBS Sports Network channel finder for the station in your area.
Cincinnati (15-2, 4-0 American) has won eight consecutive games and is undefeated at home at 12-0 this season after posting a 71-51 win over Rutgers on Saturday. Four Bearcats scored in double figures led by Sean Kilpatrick’s 16 points to go with seven rebounds. Troy Caupain poured in 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Justin Jackson and Shaquille Thomas added 11 points each. Titus Rubles had four points, a game-high 10 rebounds and game-high five assists. UC held Rutgers without a basket during the final 11:45 of the game and limited the Scarlet Knights to 6-of-26 shooting (23.1 percent) in the second half.
Temple (5-9, 0-4 American) suffered its fourth straight loss on Saturday in a 79-69 home setback to then-No. 24 Memphis. Dalton Pepper recorded a game-high 24 points with four three-pointers in the loss. Quenton DeCosey had 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Will Cummings added 11 points.
Cincinnati owns a 14-6 lead in its series with Temple, including an 80-71 victory in the last meeting between the schools - Dec. 9, 2006 in the Lenape Trail Classic in Atlantic City, N.J. The Bearcats are 5-1 against the Owls in Cincinnati.
The Bearcats next hit the road to play at USF on Saturday at 5 p.m. (ESPNU/700 WLW).
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 21st meeting; Cincinnati leads 14-6 overall; UC leads 5-1 in Cincinnati; UC leads 3-2 in Philadelphia; UC leads 6-3 at neutral sites.
Current Streak: Cincinnati - 1
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 80-71 on Dec. 9, 2006 in the Lenape Trail Classic
in Atlantic City, N.J.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (150-102); 11th season overall (219-126). Fran Dunphy is in his eighth season at Temple (163-84); 25th season overall (473-247).
Rankings: Cincinnati is ranked No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the USA Today poll. Temple is not ranked.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: CBS Sports Network; Brad Johansen provides play-by-play with color analyst Steve Wolf. Lauren Gardner reports.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-UC enters Tuesday’s game against Temple on a 14-game home win streak. The Bearcats won their final two home games last season and are 12-0 at Fifth Third Arena in 2013-14. It’s the fourth-longest win streak at Fifth Third Arena (since start of 1989-90 season).
-A win Tuesday against Temple would make the Bearcats 5-0 in conference action for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign when UC started 6-0 in Conference USA play.
-A win over Temple would give the Bearcats a 16-2 overall record and match UC’s best start to a season under eighth-year head coach Mick Cronin. UC also started 16-2 during the 2010-11 season en route to a 26-9 record while advancing to the third round of the NCAA tournament (lost to eventual national champion UConn.)
-The Bearcats haven’t surrendered more than 67 points in a game all season and have held their opponent under 70 points for 24 consecutive games - the nation’s longest active streak. The school record is 35 straight games spanning three seasons, starting with the 1962 NCAA championship game and concluding on Dec. 20, 1963.
-The Bearcats ranked sixth in the nation, allowing only 56.5 points a game according to NCAA statistics through Jan. 9. Entering Tuesday’s game UC is giving up an average of 56.2 points. It marks the fewest points allowed by a Bearcats squad since the 1962-63 season (52.9) when UC finished second in the NCAA tournament.
-Sean Kilpatrick leads the American in scoring (18.4 points per game) and is third in three-pointers made (2.2 per game). With 1,756 career points, Kilpatrick needs seven points to move into sixth place on the UC all-time scoring list, passing Pat Cummings (1,762 points from 1975-79). He was named to the American honor roll on Monday.