G- 14 Ge'Lawn Guyn 6-1, 185 JR (6 ppg, 3 rpg)
G- 23 Sean Kilpatrick 6-4, 210 RSR (22 ppg, 7 rpg)
F- 05 Justin Jackson 6-8, 230 SR(8 ppg, 3 rpg)
F- 03 Shaquille Thomas 6-7, 205 R-SO (2 ppg, 5 rpg)
F- 02 Titus Rubles 6-7, 220 SR (13 ppg, 8 rpg)
Sean Kilpatrick -- One of the most versatile guards in the country, Kilpatrick opened the season with a 22-point, seven-rebound, four-assist outing in the win over NC Central. Look for Desmond Lee and Ralston Turner to spend time on Kilpatrick.
NC State leads the series 6-1 overall, including an 85-77 win on Dec. 23, 2007 in Raleigh, N.C. The Bearcats won the only series meeting at Fifth Third Arena, an 80-71 decision on Dec. 23, 2006. Five of the seven games in the series were played in the 1940s and 1950s.
UC head coach Mick Cronin is 1-1 against NC State having coached against the Wolfpack during the 2006 and 2007 meetings.
SEASON OPENER RECAP: UC 74, NCCU 61
Sean Kilpatrick scored 22 while Titus Rubles and Jermaine Sanders added 13 apiece as UC earned a 74-61 win over North Carolina Central on Friday at Fifth Third Arena.
Sanders' 13 set a career high, while Kilpatrick tallied his 19th career 20-point game. Rubles just missed his career scoring high of 14 but added eight rebounds.
The Bearcats never trailed after the 8:39 mark of the first half and moved to 92-21 all-time in season openers, including an 81-10 mark on the home court.
After NCCU (0-1) pulled within five with just over seven minutes remaining, UC closed the final 6:44 on a 12-4 run which featured six points from Kilpatrick and four from Sanders.
The Eagles had crept back from a 15-point deficit with 16:17 remaining by using a 10-2 run over 3:34 to pull the margin to 62-57 with 7:04 remaining. Their comeback hopes were dealt a blow when Jeremy Ingram fouled out with 6:19 left. Ingram departed after scoring a game-high 27 points.
NOTES FROM THE NC CENTRAL GAME
Cincinnati's Nov. 8th game against NC Central marked the earliest season opener in school history.
UC is 31-2 in its last 33 season openers.
The Bearcats are 40-4 in the last 44 nonconference regular-season home games. Shaquille Thomas and Ge'Lawn Guyn recorded their first career starts. Troy Caupain, Kevin Johnson and Jermaine Lawrence played in their first collegiate game. Sean Kilpatrick finished with 22 points, which marked the 19th time he has scored 20 or more points and the 78th time that he has scored in double-figures. He also moves into 15th place on UC's all-time scoring list with 1,466 points, surpassing Dwight Jones (1,789 points from 1980-83). Jermaine Sanders set a career high in points with 13. He also tied a career high in three-point field goals with three and logged a career high 31 minutes
LOOKING BACK AT THE EXHIBITION SEASON
UC posted a pair of victories against competitive exhibition opponents, registering a 77-63 win over Canada's Carleton University on Oct. 26 and an 84-72 victory against Bellarmine on Nov. 2. Carleton has won nine of the last 11 Canadian Inter University Sport championships. Bellarmine claimed the 2011 NCAA Division II Championship and is a preseason No. 4 pick in the national polls.
Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats in both games, averaging 22.0 points while shooting 50 percent from the field (13 of 26) and from beyond the arc (3 of 6). He also made 15 of 17 free throw (88.2 percent).
Kilpatrick posting 20 points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Bearcats' 77-63 win over Canada's Carleton University. He tallied 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting and was 8 of 8 from the foul line against Bellarmine.
Justin Jackson led UC with 8.0 rebounds and was second in scoring at 16.5 points. He had 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds against Bellarmine.
FIFTH THIRD ADVANTAGE
Fifth Third Arena, home of the Bearcats since the 1989-90 season, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season.
UC is 322-72 (.817) all-time in the arena, including an 85- 36 (.702) mark during the Mick Cronin coaching era.
The Bearcats concluded the 2012-13 season with a 13-5 home record (8-1 vs. nonconference; 5-4 vs. BIG EAST).
UC has won 40 of its last 44 nonconference regular-season home games with losses coming against New Mexico (12/27/12), Marshall (73-69 [OT] on 11/25/11), Presbyterian (56-54 on 11/19/11) and Xavier (76-66 on 12/13/08).
UC owns a 53-9 (.855) home record against nonconference foes during the Mick Cronin coaching era.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE COACHES PICK BEARCATS FOURTH
The Bearcats were picked fourth in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll the league announced Oct. 16 at its inaugural men's basketball media day at FedEx Forum.
UC received 58 points to finish behind predicted league champion, Louisville (81 points), UConn (69) and Memphis (68). Temple was picked fifth with 40 points, followed by SMU (39), Houston (28), USF (27), UCF (24) and Rutgers (16) in the 10-team conference.
The Cardinals were a unanimous preseason favorite to win the league, receiving all nine eligible first-place votes in the balloting of the coaches, who could not vote for their own teams. UConn, which received the other first-place vote, edged Memphis for second in the preseason poll.
Cincinnati athletics contributed to this report.