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Nebraska Basketball: Huskers vs Cincinnati Bearcats

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David McGee

Nebraska faces a tough test on national television as they're on the road to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats. This is the last non-conference game before the Huskers begin Big Ten play after the new year.

About our men's basketball team - Stephen Bardo at BTN has the Huskers at 11th in his Big Ten Power Ranking. If you think they should be higher, look at the teams in our conference. Good heavens. We could improve by quite a bit this season, and still not be any higher than ninth. This is one tough conference for basketball.

If that ain't enough, Big Ten Powerhouse predicts a 20-point Cincy win.

Television: ESPN2
DirecTV (Ch. 209); DISH (Ch. 144); Time Warner Cable (Chs. 35/1302), Cox Cable (Chs. 32/1030)
Play-by-play: Mark Neely
Expert Analysis: Dan Dakich

Online: WatchESPN app and

Radio: IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Expert Analysis: Matt Davison

Internet Radio/Stats: Free on

Satellite Radio (Cincinnati feed): Sirius Ch. 92, XM Ch. 190

From the Huskers athletic department: Scouting Cincinnati
The Bearcats come into Saturday's game with a 10-2 record and riding a three-game win streak following a 102-62 rout of Chicago State on Monday night. The Bearcats' only losses have been at New Mexico (54-63) and against crosstown rival Xavier (47-64). Cincinnati's best wins were a home victory over North Carolina State (68-57) and a 44-43 win over Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden. Cincinnati has been tough at home, going 9-0 with every win coming by double figures this season and the Bearcats are 48-4 in its last 52 regular-season non-conference home games.

Cincinnati is coached by Mick Cronin, who is in his eighth year at the school after serving as head coach at Murray State. The Bearcats have made the last three NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2012. Last year, Cincinnati fell to Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bearcats' strength is on the defensive end, where they rank fourth nationally in scoring defense. UC has not allowed an opponent to score more than 67 points in a game this year and five of 12 foes have been held to less than 60 points. Opponents shoot just 38 percent and the Bearcats force nearly 17 turnovers per game.

Cincinnati has an experienced lineup with three seniors, led by Sean Kilpatrick, who leads the Bearcats with 18.9 points per game. He is shooting 41 percent from 3-point range and has 34 of UC's 72 3-pointers on the year. Senior Justin Jackson is also averaging double figures with 11.1 points per game, while topping the Bearcats in rebounding (7.7 rpg), blocked shots (3.0 bpg) and field goal percentage (.552).

The bowl line up for today looks like this:

Game Time Station
Pinstripe Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers 11:00 a.m. ESPN
Belk Bowl: Cincinnati vs. North Carolina 2:20 p.m. ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs. Miami 5:45 p.m. ESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Kansas State vs. Michigan 9:15 p.m. ESPN