NC A&T (1-2) at (24) Cincinnati (2-0)|
Sunday, November 18, 2 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Fifth Third Arena (13,176) -- Cincinnati, Ohio.
Television: FSN-OH. Home Record: NC A&T 1-1, Cincinnati 2-0. Away Record: NC
A&T 0-1, Cincinnati 0-0. Neutral Record: NC A&T 0-0, Cincinnati 0-0.
Conference Record: NC A&T 0-0, Cincinnati 0-0. Series Record: Cincinnati
GAME NOTES: The 24th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats play host to the NC A&T Aggies
at Fifth Third Arena as part of the 2012 Global Sports Classic.
The Classic will continue on Tuesday with the Bearcats hosting Campbell and
the Aggies traveling to Iowa State.
NC A&T got its season off on the right foot with an 83-52 home win over
Greensboro College, but as the competition has gotten tougher, the results
have gotten worse. The Aggies dropped a 64-55 decision at home to Utah Valley,
then went on the road and lost to Wright State, 56-44.
Cincinnati set school records last season for best finish in the Big East
Conference regular season standings (tied for fourth), and most league wins
(12). While conference play is still more than a month away, the Bearcats have
nonetheless gotten off to a strong start with convincing wins at home over
Tennessee-Martin (80-57) and Mississippi Valley State (102-60).
The Bearcats have won all three previous meetings in the series with NC A&T,
and the most recent encounter took place in 2005 (105-69).
NC A&T has seen its offensive output go down with each passing game. On the
road against Wright State on Friday night, the Aggies connected on just 15-
of-45 field goal attempts (.333), including a dreadful 4-of-22 from three-
point range, and they turned the ball over 17 times. Adrian Powell and Austin
Witter were the only two players to scored in double figures with 10 points
apiece, although the two combined to shoot just 7-of-23 from the field. Witter
also contributed nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Through three games,
Lamont Middleton is the team's leading scorer with 14.0 ppg, but he managed
just six points against Wright State. No other A&T player averages double
figures, but four others put up between 6.7 and 8.7 ppg.
Cincinnati's start to the campaign has been quite the opposite story, as it
has made more than 51 percent of its field goal attempts through its first two
contests. In the rout of Mississippi Valley State, the Bearcats put up 102
points thanks to going 39-of-70 from the field, including 8-of-18 from three-
point range. The game was well out of hand by halftime, meaning 13 different
players saw action and 12 of them scored. Leading the way was Sean Kilpatrick,
who tallied 20 points and seven rebounds, and he's the team's leading scorer
in the early going (17.0 ppg). Kilpatrick's running mates in the backcourt
also put up solid games, as JaQuon Parker scored 13 points and Cashmere Wright
added 11 points and five rebounds.
The Bearcats have been so strong this season that they have been able to give
extended playing time to their backups in both games. This contest should be
no different, as NC A&T is overmatched by Cincinnati across the board.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cincinnati 100, NC A&T 66
11/18 10:45:37 ET