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.
THE NC STATE SERIES
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.