Men's Basketball Roundup - Feb. 9

Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points and Ibrahima Thomas added 16 as Cincinnati (19-5, 6-5) hung on to beat DePaul 71-68 in the lone BIG EAST game on Tuesday night. Cincinnati built a 17-point lead early in the second half, but DePaul (6-17, 0-11) whittled it to four. Moses Morgan converted a four-point play, burying the free throw after nailing a 3-pointer while getting fouled. That pulled DePaul within 69-65 with 1:34 left. Cincinnati's Darnell Wilks hit a free throw to make it 71-65 with 13 seconds left, but DePaul's Brandon Young nailed a 3 with 0.4 seconds left to cut the deficit to three. After Cincinnati threw away the inbounds pass, a 3-point attempt by DePaul's Jimmy Drew rolled off the rim at the buzzer. Cleveland Melvin led the Blue Demons with 20 points and six rebounds. Wednesday night's action features four games, including three on the ESPN family of networks at 7 p.m. Eastern. First, No. 11/11 Georgetown makes a trip to the Carrier Dome to battle No. 12/13 Syracuse on ESPN. No. 16/15 Louisville heads to No. 8/7 Notre Dame to try to hand the Irish their first home loss of the season on ESPNU, while ESPN2 has Marquette battling USF. The final BIG EAST game is Rutgers hosting No. 9/10 Villanova at the RAC at 8 p.m. Eastern.