PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (11-19, 5-12) returns to friendly confines of the RAC to host No. 15/15 Cincinnati (25-5, 14-3) in a 12 noon tip-off on Saturday (March 8) in the 2013-14 regular season finale. It will be Senior Day, as Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) and J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony along with senior managers Paul Crosby, Stan Tuchez, Chris West and Jimmy McDonough. It will mark the final scheduled, regular season match-up between the longtime conference foes.
The Scarlet Knights, picked to finish 10th in the American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, will be the No. 7 seed in next Week’s Championship at FedEx Forum in Memphis and will play the No. 10 seed at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) on Wednesday (March 12). The Bearcats, selected fourth, are currently tied with Louisville for first place and will either be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the tournament.
The game will be televised live nationally in high definition on ESPNews with John Saunders calling the action and LaPhonso Ellis providing the analysis. On the radio, the contest will be broadcast live on the Rutgers IMG Sports Network, WOR 710 AM in New York. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. On satellite radio, the match-up will be on Sirius/XM channel 85.
Saturday afternoon’s contest marks the 20th overall match-up between the schools dating back to 1972, with Cincinnati holding a 15-4 advantage in victories. Rutgers is 2-4 at the RAC versus the Bearcats. UC has won three straight in the series, with RU last winning by a 61-54 margin at the RAC on Jan. 28, 2012. Earlier this season on Jan. 11, the Bearcats earned a 71-51 victory over RU in a game that had eight lead changes and eight ties. Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) scored 17 points in the defeat, as the Scarlet Knights were held without a field goal for the final 11 minutes of the contest. Junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Rutgers is coming off a hard-fought 69-63 loss at No. 19 UConn on Wednesday night. The Scarlet Knights out-rebounded the Huskies by a 37-28 margin, but posted just two points in the final three minutes. Mack shot 5-of-7 and 4-of-6 from behind the arc to score 16 points, while Judge had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick scored a season-high 34 points to help Cincinnati to a 97-84 home victory over No. 20 Memphis on Thursday night. The Bearcats opened-up an 18-4 lead and never looked back, capitalizing on a 20-5 advantage in points-off-turnovers. Cincinnati leads the league in scoring defense (58.1), while Kilpatrick is the conference’s top scorer (20.8). The Bearcats have been ranked as high as No. 7 in both polls this season.