March 1, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team begins a three-game stretch of meeting opponents for the second time this season at Cincinnati on Saturday, March 2, at Fifth Third Arena. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m. and will be televised by SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (19-8 overall, 9-6 BIG EAST), coming off a 79-78 loss in double overtime to nationally-ranked Georgetown, are led by junior Shabazz Napier (17.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.6 apg) and sophomore Ryan Boatright (15.0 pgg, 4.4 apg). Freshman Omar Calhoun (11.7 ppg) and sophomore DeAndre Daniels (11.2 ppg) also average in double figures. \
Cincinnati (19-9, 7-8) has been idle since a 62-41 loss at Notre Dame on Feb. 24. Junior Sean Kilpatrick (17.6 ppg) is the Bearcats’ leading scorer. Cincinnati is looking to snap out of a slump that has seen the Bearcats drop their last three games and five of their last six. One of those defeats was at the hands of the UConn Huiskies, who beat Cincinnati in overtime on Feb. 21 in Hartford.
The Bearcats are led by the three-guard lineup that includes Kilpatrick, senior Cashmere Wright (12.7 ppg) and senior JaQuon Parker (11.2 ppg). They are usually joined in the starting lineup by junior Justin Jackson and junior David Nyarsuk, with junior Titus Rubles and senior Cheikh Mbodj the top reserves. In the BIG EAST, Cincinnati is averaging 60.7 ppg, the exact same average it is allowing.
The Bearcats are shooting just .376 overall, however, and allowing opponents to shoot .421. In the Bearcats’ first game against UConn, the Huskies scored only 18 points in the second half, but scored 18 in the five-minute overtime to secure the win. Cincinnati is 11-5 at home this season, 3-4 in BIG EAST home games.