UC Bearcats Set for Saturday 12 Noon Matinee Date with UCF



CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati men’s basketball team will seek its second-straight win as it continues its homestand Saturday at 12 p.m. against UCF.

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Cincinnati utilized a 23-4 run over the final 9:14 of the first half to run away from Tulsa, 81-55, on Wednesday night. Landers Nolley II (13 points, career-high 13 rebounds) earned his fourth double-double, all of which have been in AAC play, while Jeremiah Davenport scored 20 points off the bench to lead a pack of five double-figure scorers. Nolley also remains 11th nationally (tops in the AAC) with a 44.6 percent three-point clip. Nolley’s 13-straight double-figure scoring games match Viktor Lakhin for the best streak of the year.

David DeJulius is within 13 points of becoming UC’s 55th member of the 1,000-point club (would be the 34th to reach in three years). He has also produced nine assists in back-to-back games, keeping him atop the AAC-play-only leaderboard at 6.60 per game and 96.3 percent from the foul line (26-27). He is averaging 8.0 assists over the last six contests. Davenport’s 20 points gave him his second of those on the year, both coming off the bench as well (22 at Wichita State). He also has 957 points at UC.

The Bearcats have also shot up to 15th nationally with a 1.47 assist-turnover ratio, with DeJulius (36) and Mika Adams-Woods (42) making the Bearcats one of three teams with two players in the top-50. UC has had back-to-back games of single-digit turnovers as well, with 10 overall this season. All of UC’s 15 wins have come when leading at halftime. UC’s 35.9 three-point percentage would rank fifth in school history (best since 2001-02) and is second in the conference. The Bearcats are also 12-1 when allowing under 70 points.

UC is 13-5 in the all-time series, with all but one of those matchups coming in the AAC. The outlier was in the Citrus Bowl Classic in 1983, and it was truly a clash of Bearcat legends. The late Chuck Machock was in his first of two years as the Knights’ head coach, with this one being their final year of Division II. The UC alum was also an assistant coach in Clifton from 1990-93 and later had a lengthy tenure on the radio team. Future UC head coach, and Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, Bob Huggins served as an assistant on the opposing bench.

UCF got the best of Cincinnati in the team’s lone meeting last year (Feb. 23), winning 75-61. The Knights led 25-15 and held UC at bay for the remainder. DeJulius scored 16, while Davenport followed with 15. UC had no turnovers for the second half, but the Knights had 21 to just seven turnovers for the game.

UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins coached against Wes Miller in the famed Tobacco Road rivalry while he was Duke’s associate head coach and Miller was playing for UNC. UCF big Michael Durr was a teammate of Rob Phinisee’s at Indiana last season.