PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (7-8, 1-1) travels to the Queen City to meet Cincinnati (14-2, 3-0) in a 6 p.m. tip-off at 13,176-seat Fifth Third Arena on Saturday (Jan. 11). Rutgers will be seeking a return to the win column, while the Bearcats will be working to win their eighth straight. UC is receiving 103 votes (26th) in the AP Poll and 13 (33rd) in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The contest will mark the Scarlet Knights’ first road game since Dec. 4, a span of 38 days.
The game will be televised live nationally on the CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen calling the action and Steve Wolf providing the analysis. On the radio, the contest will be broadcast live on the Rutgers IMG Sports Network, WOR 710 AM in New York and WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary.
Saturday evening’s contest marks the 19th overall match-up between the schools dating back to 1972, with Cincinnati holding a 14-4 advantage in victories. Rutgers is 1-7 on the road versus the Bearcats. In the last meeting between the schools (Jan. 30, 2013), the Bearcats overcame an eight point halftime deficit to capture a 62-54 win at Fifth Third Arena. Guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 5-of-8, including 3-of-4 behind the arc, to score 15 points. The Bearcats have won two straight in the series, both last season, after RU downed UC 61-54 at the RAC on Jan. 28, 2012. Mack had 10 points and five assists in that victory.
Rutgers is coming off an 83-76 loss to then No. 14/10 Louisville at the RAC on Saturday night. Mack had 19 points and junior Craig Brown (Miami, Fla.) shot 5-of-8 to post a career-best 17 points in the hard-fought defeat. The Cardinals attempted 46 free throws, making an impressive 89.1 percent (41-of-46), and established a 24-14 advantage in points-off-turnovers. The Scarlet Knights battled their way to 17 offensive rebounds to post a season-high 23 second chance points. Junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) and freshman forward Junior Etou (Republic of Congo) posted 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Jack was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday. He averaged 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 52.4 percent (11-of-21) and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line last week. Jack ranks seventh in the AAC in field goal percentage (.546), 8th in rebounding (6.9) and blocks (1.4), and 12th in scoring (14.1).
Cincinnati, under the leadership of eighth-year head coach Mick Cronin, is fresh from a 61-60 victory at Houston Tuesday night. The Bearcats led by as many as 19 points in the early stages of the second half, but had to withstand a Cougars’ rally to earn the win. Sean Kilpatrick, who leads the AAC with 18.5 points-per-game, had 17 points, but was just 1-of-8 from behind the arc. The Bearcats lead the conference in both scoring defense, allowing an average of just 56.6 points, and offensive rebounding (15.4).