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Presbyterian (2-2) at (20) Cincinnati (2-0)



Saturday, November 19th, 4:00 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Pat Taggart, Associate College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Fifth Third Arena (13,176) -- Cincinnati, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Presbyterian 2-1, Cincinnati 2-0. Away Record: Presbyterian 0-1, Cincinnati 0-0. Neutral Record: Presbyterian 0-0, Cincinnati 0-0. Conference Record: Presbyterian 0-0, Cincinnati 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: In what certainly appears to be a mismatch, the 20th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats welcome the Presbyterian Blue Hose to the Queen City for this afternoon's non-conference affair.

A Big South Conference member, the Blue Hose enter this game with a 2-2 record and are coming off an 80-73 setback to Western Carolina on Thursday. They did play one ranked team already, as they were absolutely crushed by Duke on the road in a 96-55 final. With that score in mind, Presbyterian doesn't seem to have much of a chance against the Bearcats today.

Speaking of Cincinnati, it has opened the season with back-to-back double- digit victories as expected. The Bearcats were most recently in action on Tuesday when they defeated Jacksonville State by a 73-59 final. Today's game is the third of what will be six consecutive home games to open the campaign for Cincinnati, a member of the brutal Big East Conference.

This game marks the first-ever meeting between Presbyterian and Cincinnati on the hardwood.

There are two double-digit scorers on the Presbyterian roster, and Al'Lonzo Coleman leads the way with 17.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg while shooting 54.5 percent from the field. Khalid Mutakabbir checks in with 13.5 ppg for the Blue Hose, who are netting 77.2 ppg on 49.3 percent field goal efficiency. Defensively, they are permitting 74. ppg to foes. In the most recent outing against Western Carolina, Coleman and Josh Johnson both scored 18 points, while Pierre Miller was close behind with 17 points. Mutakabbir added 14 points for Presbyterian, which shot 52.9 percent from the field. The Blue Hose trailed by six points at intermission and couldn't fight back in the second stanza. They needed to play better defense, as the Catamounts were able to connect on 51.7 percent of their field goal attempts.

Cashmere Wright and Dion Dixon were outstanding in the 14-point win over Jacksonville State last time out, as the Cincinnati guards dominated the game offensively. Wright shot 9-of-14 from the field and finished with 23 points, while Dixon tallied 20 points and pulled down nine boards. The Bearcats turned the ball over 20 times in the affair, but the they did earn a 40-32 rebounding advantage and limited the Gamecocks to 37.1 percent field goal efficiency. In the opener against Alabama State, four of the five starters for Cincinnati scored in double figures. The Bearcats held their overmatched opponent to 29 percent shooting from the field and forced 17 turnovers in that affair, and it certainly appears that strong defense will be the calling card of the squad all season.

There is no reason to believe that Presbyterian will be able to beat the Bearcats in Cincinnati or even keep the game close. Expect this one to be in the bag by intermission.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cincinnati 78, Presbyterian 50

11/19 10:35:22 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
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CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
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COL
 
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SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
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ORL
IND
 
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MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
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NYK
TOR
 
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MIN
UTA
 
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WAS
 
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GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
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SAC
PHO
 
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TAM
MON
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PIT
CLB
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ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR