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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Cincinnati at Central Florida
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Where: CFE Federal Credit Union Arena, Orlando, Florida

Cincinnati, which finds itself in a fourth-place tie with Tulsa in the American Athletic Conference and also in the middle of NCAA Tournament bubble talk, will try to bounce back from a 63-59 loss at Memphis when it visits UCF on Tuesday. It marks the third game in seven days for the Bearcats, who are 6-0 all-time against the Knights and have won both of the two previous meetings in Orlando.

The Bearcats had won four straight games and six of seven before the Saturday loss to the Tigers and drew the ire of head coach Mick Cronin for a rare sluggish first-half effort, falling behind 39-24 at the break. Cincinnati closed to within 56-55 on a 3-pointer by junior guard Troy Caupain with 1:55 left, but went 0-for-7 beyond the arc down the stretch and could never quite climb out of the big first half hole. "That team that played in the first half, I don't know who they are," Cronin told the Cincinnati Enquirer afterward. "Wasn't my team. I asked them at halftime, 'Where's my team?' In the first half that's as bad as we've played all year, not even close."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNews

ABOUT CINCINNATI (17-7, 7-4 AAC): Caupain, a 6-4 junior guard, leads the team in scoring (11.7) with senior guard Farad Cobb (11.4) right, behind but it has been the play of 6-8 sophomore forward Gary Clark that has been drawing notice recently. Clark, who is averaging 10.7 points and 8.7 rebounds, is coming off back-to-back double-doubles, posting 16 points and 13 rebounds in an 88-57 win over USF and finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds in the loss at Memphis. He is the first Bearcat to post consecutive double-doubles since Justin Jackson had three straight in December of 2013.

ABOUT UCF (11-10, 5-5): The Knights have lost four of their last five games, including a 62-60 heart-breaker to Temple on Saturday. UCF began celebrating when sophomore swingman A.J. Davis's putback at the buzzer was initially ruled good forcing overtime, but the basket was later overturned by officials after they watched replay. "It hurts," UCF coach Donnie Jones told reporters. "I know those guys are hurting in the locker room. You could hear a pin drop. We'll regroup and we have to. The good thing is we have a chance to play on Tuesday."

TIP-INS

1. Davis leads UCF in scoring (12.9) and rebounding (6.1) and is second in assists (3.1).

2. Cobb is second in the AAC in 3-point shooting percentage (42.0) and is tied for second in 3-pointers made per game (2.5).

3. UCF G Adonys Henriquez, who is second on the team in scoring (10.1), is expected to miss two weeks with a mild MCL sprain.

PREDICTION: Cincinnati 59, UCF 53
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Cincinnati 17-7 L1 11-3 4-4 2-0 8-4 9-3 7-4
Central Florida 11-10 L1 7-5 4-5 0-0 1-6 10-4 5-5
Last Meeting
Cincinnati Central Florida
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/25/15 UCF 60 CIN 83 83 32 64.7 60 28 37.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Cincinnati O. Ellis 20 70.0 6
Central Florida B. Goodwin 12 42.9 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Cincinnati O. Ellis 8 3 5
Central Florida S. Blair 8 4 4
Assists Player  
Cincinnati T. Caupain 6
Central Florida B. Goodwin 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Cincinnati T. Caupain 281 38.9 51
Central Florida A. Davis 270 39.8 97
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Cincinnati G. Clark 209 91 118
Central Florida A. Davis 129 25 104
Assists Player  
Cincinnati T. Caupain 113
Central Florida D. Walker 81
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Cincinnati Off vs  red bar Central Florida Defense
blue bar 74.4 Points For
red bar 71.4 Points Against
blue bar 44.1 FG%
red bar 40.9 FG%
blue bar 36.0 Reb
red bar 32.6 Reb
red bar Central Florida Off vs  blue bar Cincinnati Defense
red bar 72.7 Points For
blue bar 62.0 Points Against
red bar 45.2 FG%
blue bar 38.8 FG%
red bar 32.6 Reb
blue bar 30.6 Reb