The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team returns to the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive year with a second round matchup against Creighton on Friday March 22 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The game time has not been determined.
UC (22-11) is the No. 10 seed while the Bluejays (27-7) are the No. 7 seed. No. 2 Duke and No. 15 Albany are the other two Midwest Region teams in Philadelphia.
The Bearcats finished the regular season topping the 21-win barrier for the third straight season. The Bearcats started off the season 12-0 and were led by junior Sean Kilpatrick (16.9 ppg) and seniors Cashmere Wright (12.6 ppg) and JaQuon Parker (11.3 ppg).
Creighton won its 12th Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title in program history while earning back-to-back crowns for the third time. Doug McDermott leads the way for the Bluejays, averaging 23.1 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. He has won back-to-back MVC Player of the Year honors and has already been named a finalist for National Player of the Year accolades for the Wooden Award, Naismith Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy.
UC and Creighton have met twice on the hardwood with the Bearcats holding a 2-0 advantage. The teams first came in NCAA Midwest Region action on March 16, 1962 with UC earning a 66-46 win on their way to winning the 1962 NCAA Championship. The team's second meeting occurred on Dec. 28, 1989; a 60-58 Bearcats win in the Rainbow Classic.
The UC Athletics Ticket Office was allocated a very limited number of tickets for the second round games in Philadelphia. Based on such limited availability, UCATS Director's Society members, George Smith Society members and patrons contributing at $5000 and above will receive priority in the allocation process.
Second and third round tickets are $85 apiece for all seats at the Wells Fargo Center. All tickets will be available at the will call window in Philadelphia beginning approximately 2 hrs before tipoff. The location will be determined at a later date and sent via e-mail to all patrons who purchase tickets. A photo ID will be required to claim the tickets. Ticket purchase rights are non-transferable.
Tickets for games in Philadelphia are still available for public purchase by calling 1-877-NCAA-TIX (877-622-2849) or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.