(11) Cincinnati (9-0) vs. Marshall (6-4)|
Saturday, December 15, 2 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Lucas Gulotta, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Charleston Civic Center (12,380) -- Charleston, West
Virginia. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Cincinnati 7-0, Marshall 5-0. Away
Record: Cincinnati 0-0, Marshall 0-2. Neutral Record: Cincinnati 2-0, Marshall
1-2. Conference Record: Cincinnati 0-0, Marshall 0-0. Series Record:
Cincinnati leads, 19-12.
GAME NOTES: The Marshall Thundering Herd will be without their leading scorer
when they take on the 11th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats at the Charleston Civic
Center on Saturday.
Saturday's game will be the first for Marshall without DeAndre Kane (16 ppg,
8.5 apg), who currently ranks second in the nation in assists per game and
leads the team in scoring, as he recovers from an injury to his shooting hand.
Tom Herrion's squad won four of its last five games to improve to 6-4 overall,
with its only loss coming to intrastate rival WVU in Charleston, West
Virginia. Marshall held off Coppin State to earn a 69-63 decision its last
time out, which left it with an average of 75.4 ppg on 43.8 percent shooting
from the floor.
Cincinnati is currently climbing the ranks as it has yet to lose through nine
games. The Bearcats completed a 92-60 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore last
Saturday to improve to 7-0 at home, but they have still not played a true road
game. They are 2-0 at neutral sites thanks to triumphs over Iowa State and
Oregon in the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas. Mick Cronin's team is
tremendous on the offensive end with an average of 84.2 ppg. The Bearcats are
permitting only 59.2 ppg on 34.1 percent shooting to their foes.
This will be the 32nd time these teams square off on the hardwood. Although
Marshall won last season's meeting 73-69 in overtime at Fifth Third Arena,
Cincinnati holds a 19-12 all-time lead in the rivalry's history.
Since Cashmere Wright's game-winning jumper as time expired versus Alabama,
Cincy ran through its bouts with Arkansas-Little Rock (87-53) and UMES
(92-60). During the two-game span, the Bearcats have drained 47.9 percent of
their field goal attempts including 16 from long range. They won the
rebounding battle by an average of 15.5 boards per contest and forced an
average of 22.5 turnovers in those two games as well. Junior swingman Sean
Kilpatrick continued to be a force on the offensive end and enters with a
team-high average of 20 ppg which he is accompanying with 6.2 rebounds and 2.3
assists per contest. Wright is producing 15 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.5
steals per game while JaQuon Parker is carrying an 11 ppg mark. No other UC
player is scoring in double figures or averaging 20 minutes or more per
After trailing by as many as 12 in the first half, the Thundering Herd fought
back by making 26 baskets on 21 assists and holding a dominant 47-29 edge in
the rebounding battle. Junior guard D.D. Scarver led all players in the
contest with 20 points, while senior forward Dennis Tinnon notched a double-
double with 15 points and rebounds. With Kane out, Scarver (14.8 ppg), Elijah
Pittman (14.2 ppg), and Tinnon (11.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg) will have to pick up the
slack. Sophomore Chris Martin from St. Patrick's High School in New Jersey is
expected to make his second start of the season in place of Kane.
Without Kane, Marshall's chances of upsetting Cincy for a second straight year
are slim. The Herd's ability to rebound the ball is rivaled by few, which
could keep them in the game. However, they will have a difficult time limiting
turnovers and slowing down the Bearcats' backcourt trio.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cincinnati 81, Marshall 70
12/15 10:32:59 ET