News & Notes Bearcats Basketball: Memphis

The Bearcats will face a tough test Saturday as former C-USA foe Memphis travels to Cincinnati for a TV battle.

Date:    Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005

Time:   3:00 p.m. EST

Site:     Fifth Third Arena (13,176)

             Cincinnati, Ohio

Records:

   Cincinnati:.............................................. 3-1

   Memphis (9 AP/9 ESPN):...................... 5-1

TV:  ESPN (Dave O'Brien, Rick Majerus).

Radio:  WLW-AM 700 (Dan Hoard, Chuck Machock).

 

CINCINNATI PROBABLE STARTERS                              2005-06 Statistics              

                                  

   F     30    Cedric McGowan......... 6-6    Jr.   Miami, Fla.......................... 8.8  pts,    6.8  reb,   1.0  ast

   F     14    Eric Hicks................... 6-6    Sr.   Greensboro, N.C............... 12.3  pts,    8.5  reb,   2.7  blk

F-G   33    Armein Kirkland........... 6-8    Sr.   Tyler, Texas....................... 6.8  pts,    3.3  reb,   1.5  ast

   G    21    James White.............. 6-7    Sr.   Washington, D.C............... 18.3  pts,    4.5  reb,   2.5  ast

   G      3    Devan Downey........... 5-10    Fr.   Chester, S.C.................... 11.3  pts,    2.3  reb,   2.3  ast

 

MEMPHIS PROBABLE STARTERS   2005-2006Statistics                                               

   F      4    Shawne Williams.......... 6-8    Fr.   Memphis, Tenn................. 17.2  pts,    6.0  reb,   3.0  ast

   F     10    Rodney Carney............ 6-7    Sr.   Indianapolis, Ind................ 17.0  pts,    4.5  reb,   2.0  stl

   F    32    Joey Dorsey................ 6-9    So.  Baltimore, Md..................... 7.2  pts,    8.5  reb,   2.5  blk

   G    12    Antonio Anderson......... 6-6    Fr.   Lynn, Mass........................ 5.2  pts,    3.2  reb,   3.7  ast

   G    35    Darius Washington....... 6-2    So.  Memphis, Tenn................. 15.2  pts,    2.4  reb,   3.3  ast

 

 

SETTING THE SCENE:  The University of Cincinnati will attempt to rebound from Tuesday's loss to area rival Dayton against another longtime foe when the Bearcats host No. 9 Memphis on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Fifth Third Arena.  The 3 p.m. EST game will be televised nationally by ESPN.  Cincinnati brings a 3-1 record into the game following the 75-66 setback to the Flyers.  Memphis raised its record to 5-1 following Wednesday's 97-70 win over Jackson State.

 

THE RIVALRY:  Saturday's game will be the first between Cincinnati and Memphis in which conference standings are not at stake.  The two schools have played 63 times as foes in the Missouri Valley, Metro, Great Midwest and Conference USA conferences, with UC holding a 36-27 lead in the series.  The Bearcats have won eight of the last nine meetings and are 11-1 in games played in Fifth Third Arena.

 

LAST MEETING:  James White corralled an offensive rebound and sank a jumper with 16.2 seconds to play to lift Cincinnati to a 62-60 win over Memphis at the FedEx Forum on March 5, 2005.  White, who finished with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, hit the game-winner after Memphis' Darius Washington had tied the game with 51 seconds remaining.  Jason Maxiell came up with a steal to end the Tigers' hopes of a game-winning shot.

 

LAST TIME IN CINCINNATI:  Tony Bobbitt scored 20 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, to key Cincinnati's 83-79 win over Memphis on March 6, 2004 at Fifth Third Arena.  Bobbitt's trey with 36 seconds to play gave UC an 81-79 lead.  He iced the game with a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining.  UC made 16 of 18 free throws and committed just six turnovers.  Sean Banks tallied 28 points for the Tigers.

 

STORY LINES:

Memphis is the first Top 25-ranked foe to face the Bearcats this season and the highest-ranked opponent to enter Fifth Third Arena since No. 3 Wake Forest last season (Jan. 22, 2005).  The Tigers are ranked No. 9 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. A long-running Cincinnati streak will be on the line when the Bearcats host the Tigers on Saturday.  UC has never lost back-to-back games in Fifth Third Arena in the 17-year history of the building.  The Bearcats are 223-30 (.881) in the building since it became their home in 1989-90.

Cincinnati has suffered back-to-back losses (home and away) only seven times since the 1997-98 season.

Eric Hicks is closing in on his 600th career rebound.  He enters Saturday's game with 593.  With two more blocked shots, Hicks, who enters Saturday's game with 151 rejections, will move into third place on the UC career chart.

 

FANTASTIC FINISHES:  Four of the last six Cincinnati-Memphis clashes have been decided in the final minute or in overtime, with the Bearcats claiming all four of those games. 

Last year, James White hit a jumper with 16.2 seconds to play to give UC a 62-60 win. 

In 2003-04, Tony Bobbitt's 3-pointer with 36 seconds to play lifted UC to a two-point lead in an eventual 83-79 win. 

In 2001-02, Steve Logan drove the length of the court to score on a layup with two seconds to play to send the game into overtime, which UC won, 80-75. 

Kenny Satterfield's jumper with .9 seconds left gave Cincinnati a 66-65 victory in 2000-01.

 

CINCINNATI-MEMPHIS SHOWDOWNS:  Over the past 14 seasons, Cincinnati and Memphis have met in 11 contests which have determined league titles or tourney advancement.

Mar. 6, 2004        Final regular season game.  Cincinnati clinches a tie for the C-USA title with an 83-79 win.

Mar. 3, 2002        Final regular season game.  Cincinnati needed a win to clinch the C-USA title outright.  Memphis would tie with a win.  UC 80, Memphis 75, ot.

Mar. 9, 2001        Semifinals of C-USA Tournament in Louisville.  UC 89, Memphis 79.

Feb. 29, 1996       Next-to-last regular season game.  Teams were tied for best C-USA record.  UC 71, Memphis 66.  UC lost to Marquette two days later.

Mar. 10,1995        Semifinals of Great Midwest Conference tourney.  UC 77, Memphis 66.

Mar. 2, 1995        Next-to-last regular season game.  Memphis clinches Great Midwest title with an 83-73 win.

Mar. 12, 1994       Championship game of Great Midwest Tournament.  UC 68, Memphis 47.

Mar. 13, 1993       Championship game of Great Midwest Tournament.  UC 77, Memphis 72.

Mar. 7, 1992        Last game of regular season.  UC clinches co-championship with a 69-59 win.

Mar. 14, 1992       Championship game of Great Midwest Tournament.  UC 75, Memphis 63.

Mar. 29, 1992       NCAA Midwest Regional final.  UC 88, Memphis 57.                                         

 

NOTES FROM THE DAYTON GAME:

Dayton became the first team this season to shoot over .400 against Cincinnati.  The Flyers, after shooting .607 in the first half, finished with a .491 percentage. Cedric McGowan achieved a career scoring high with 13 points.

The Bearcat bench, which averaged 30.0 points over the previous two games, scored just eight points.

 

OTHER BEARCAT BITS:

The Bearcats are averaging 21.5 points, 29 percent of the team's scoring, from their bench.  The UC subs scored a season-high 36 points in the Nov. 23 win over Illinois State. UC is averaging 6.3 blocked shots over its last three games.

UC has held three opponents to sub-.400 field goal shooting.  The Bearcats have posted sub-.400 defensive field goal percentages in eight of the past 10 seasons.

 

HICKS ON THE BLOCK:  Eric Hicks has blocked at least one shot in 34 of his last 36 games.  The 6-6 senior had a shot rejection in his first 20 games last season.  Hicks has moved into fourth place in career blocks with 151, and needs two more blocks to reach third place, held by Donald Little (153, 1998-02).

 

WHITE'S SCORING CONSISTENT:  James White not only leads Cincinnati in scoring, but he is tops in scoring consistency.  The 6-7 senior tallied 21, 18 and 19 points in UC's first three games and has an 18.3 point scoring average.  The production is a significant boost for White, who averaged 10.2 points last season and entered the campaign with an 8.1 career scoring average.  White topped the 800-point mark in career scoring in Tuesday's game vs. Dayton.


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