With the country’s lengthiest home winning streak on the line, the No. 20 Cincinnati Bearcats will entertain the Cleveland State Vikings at BB&T Arena on Thursday night. The game is the last before American Athletic Conference action begins for the Bearcats and one of the last games of the 2017 calendar year. Make sure to enjoy it.
- Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET
- Television: ESPN3
- Announcing crew: Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Kyle Macy (analyst)
- Radio: 700 WLW
- Announcing crew: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Terry Nelson (analyst)
- Series history: It has been nearly two decades since these teams last played each other. Perhaps the Vikings were tired of getting beaten, since they are 0-11 all-time against the Bearcats, who last topped CSU 91-56 on Nov. 26, 1999.
Riding a 32-game winning streak at home, the Bearcats (10-2) are set up nicely for the brutality of the league schedule. They have won three games in a row and will no doubt be favored in just about every conference game, save for matchups with Wichita State and maybe SMU. That includes the league opener against Memphis, which just barely scraped by 3-9 Siena last night. But the Bearcats need to focus on tonight’s opponent and not peak ahead too much.
Of course, they can be forgiven for being confident entering tonight’s test. Cleveland State (3-7) has lost all six of its road games this season and won only nine games in each of the previous two seasons.