Cincinnati Preview Capsule
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati
Last season: 30-6, finished second in American Athletic Conference.
Coach: Mick Cronin.
Conference: American Athletic.
Who's gone: Point guard Troy Caupain, guard Kevin Johnson, forward Quadri Moore.
Bing Predicts winner: Cincinnati (88 percent)Region: SouthLocation: Sacramento, CaliforniaOpening line: CIN -3Tipoff time: 7:27 p.m. EST (Friday)Kansas State's win over Wake Forest in the First Four earned the Wildcats a meeting with Cincinnati. Wesley Iwundu led Kansas State with 24 points against the Demon Deacons, and he'll need to replicate that performance for the team to move on to the second round.Cincinnati ranks 13th in defensive rating and 49th in rebound margin, so the Bearcats seem capable of neutralizing Iwundu and company. With four players averaging over 10 points per game -- Jacob Evans (13.7), Kyle Washington (13.1), Gary Clark (10.7) and Troy Caupain (10.1) -- Cincinnati has enough firepower to hold off Kansas State and move on.
No. 15 Cincinnati beats UConn 81-71 in AAC semifinals
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Cincinnati's quest for an American Athletic Conference title ended in each of the league's first three years with a loss in the tournament to UConn.
Not this time.
Gary Clark scored 25 points to lead the 15th-ranked Bearcats to an 81-71 win over the Huskies in the AAC semifinals on Saturday night.
Jacob Evans added 21 points and Troy Caupain had 18 for Cincinnati (29-4), which will play in their first American championship game on Sunday against No. 12 SMU.
No. 15 Cincinnati eases past Tulsa in AAC quarterfinals
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Cincinnati had the outside game going early and the inside game clicking late.
The result was an 80-61 rout of Tulsa on Friday night in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
Kyle Washington led the second-seeded Bearcats with 21 points. Jacob Evans added 20 and Troy Caupain had 15.
Cincinnati (28-4) led for all but 17 seconds and by as many as 24 points.
Caupain’s late jumper lifts No. 14 Cincinnati past Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Troy Caupain came up big for Cincinnati in the final minute and helped them rally for a big win.
Caupain converted a tying three-point play with 39 seconds remaining and then made a 16-foot jumper with 4.4 left to give No. 14 Cincinnati a 57-55 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday night.
No. 20 Cincinnati rolls past Tulane 78-61
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — No. 20 Cincinnati found itself in first-half foul trouble, but junior forward Quadri Moore came off the bench to help the Bearcats pull away in a 78-61 victory against Tulane on Saturday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Moore, averaging 2.8 points in 7.8 minutes per game, had 11 points in nine first-half minutes as the Bearcats (17-2, 7-0 in the American Athletic Conference) overcame a slow start to take a 38-22 halftime lead and coasted to their 10th consecutive victory.
No. 20 Cincinnati rallies for 81-74 win over Temple
CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, rallying No. 20 Cincinnati to its ninth straight win, 81-74 over Temple on Wednesday night.
The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.
No. 22 Cincinnati holds on for 66-64 win over SMU
CINCINNATI (AP) — Instead of losing close games this season, Cincinnati is finding ways to pull them out.
Troy Caupain scored 16 points and blunted SMU's comeback with a clutch 3-pointer on Thursday night, helping the 22nd-ranked Bearcats hold on for a 66-64 victory over SMU.
Washington leads No. 22 Cincinnati to 67-58 win over Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Scoring against Cincinnati is no easy task.
Kyle Washington had 19 points and nine rebounds as the 22nd-ranked Bearcats extended their winning streak to six games Saturday night with a 67-58 victory over Houston.
Troy Caupain added 13 points, Jacob Evans had 12 and Gary Clark chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds. Cincinnati (13-2, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) shot only 39 percent but hit 10 of 24 from 3-point range.
No. 24 Cincinnati beats Marshall 93-91 in OT
CINCINNATI (AP) — Troy Caupain missed yet another shot on his off night, and the ball got slapped back to him as he stood unguarded in the middle of the lane. He put up another shot that finally went in for the game-winner.
Caupain got the rebound of his missed shot and made a short jumper with 0.7 seconds left in overtime Thursday night, rallying No. 24 Cincinnati to a 93-91 victory over Marshall after the Bearcats trailed nearly the entire game.
Cincinnati wins 5th straight, beats Bowling Green 85-56
CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Washington scored a career-high 24 points and Cincinnati rolled to an 85-56 victory over Bowling Green on Sunday night for its fifth straight win.
Washington made 11 of 13 field goals, and has scored in double figures in every game this season. Justin Jenifer had 14 points and Troy Caupain added 12 points for Cincinnati (7-1), which shot 34 of 61 from the field for 56 percent.
Evans scores 23 points, leads Cincinnati over Brown 84-55
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jacob Evans scored 23 points to help Cincinnati roll to an 84-55 victory over Brown in a season opener on Friday night.
Evans was 9 of 12 from the field and made four 3-pointers. Kyle Washington had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Bearcats, who are coming off a 22-11 season and a sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Gary Clark added in 14 points and Troy Caupain chipped in 10.
Coaches pick Cincinnati to win American Athletic Conference
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — American Athletic Conference coaches have picked Cincinnati to win the league title this season.
The Bearcats edged UConn in the poll, which was released Monday at the conference's annual media day.
Cincinnati received 95 points and six first-place votes, while UConn claimed the other five and finished with 94 points.