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Cincinnati Enquirer: Up Next for UC: UMass Lowell
The UMass Lowell men's basketball team will face one of its most stern tests of the year when it visits the University of Cincinnati Tuesday night in at the Fifth Third Center.
The game will be streamed live on www.WatchESPN.com
and can also be heard on ESPN Radio AM 900 (www.ESPNNH.com
) and AM 980 WCAP (www.980WCAP.com
) with Nick Anastos
on the call.
UMass Lowell meets a Cincinnati squad which is 4-0, receiving votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and in the midst of eight straight home games to open the season. Thus far, the Bearcats have scored victories over North Carolina Central (74-61), North Carolina State (68-57), Appalachian State (77-49) and Campbell University (81-62).
Cincinnati is currently shooting a collective .472 from the field and vaunts four players shooting over .500. Leading the way is senior G Sean Kilpatrick
with averages of 19.5 points per game while shooting .435 from 3-point range and .543 from the floor. He is flanked by senior forwards Titus Rubles
, who has registered 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds (.559 FG%); and Justin Jackson
with 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds (.618).
Ranked No. 4 in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll behind No. 1 Louisville, No. 2 Connecticut and No. 3 Memphis, Cincinnati returns two starters and eight veterans from last year's 22-12 team (9-9 in the Big East). The Bearcats suffered 67-63 loss to Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
"Cincinnati's press defense is very good," said UMass Lowell Assistant Coach Biko Paris
, who watched the Bearcats play North Carolina State, Appalachian State and Campbell University. "They are long and active on the ball. They will try to speed things up and make us play fast. We will need to take our time and play at our own speed."
Against bigger, more athletic teams, UMass Lowell has done well to disrupt opposing transition games and slow the pace, particularly against Michigan and Rhode Island. The River Hawks were even with Michigan at the half (23-23) and allowed one fast break in the first half. The Wolverines, however, opened the second half with a 21-2 run en route to a 69-42 win.
Against Rhode Island, save for a 16-0 run in the first half, UMass Lowell never let the Rams put together decisive runs and were outscored only 48-45 in the second half.
The Rhode Island clash was one of two impressive efforts last week, along with an 87-76 home loss to Brown. The River Hawks averaged 55.3 points per game in their first three games this season – losses at then-No. 7 Michigan, Patriot League favorite Boston University (91-65) and Dartmouth (77-59) – but have scored 72.0 in their last two games.
Following Tuesday's game at Cincinnati, UMass Lowell hosts Mount Ida College Sunday (2:00) at the Costello Athletic Center; and visits St. Bonaventure Tuesday at 7:00.
Season tickets are available by logging on to www.GoRiverHawks.com
or by contacting Andrew Ralph
at 978-934-2181 or Andrew_Ralph@uml.edu