Just 48 hours remove from an emotional senior night win over Memphis, the Cincinnati Bearcats Men’s basketball team have a opportunity to do something they haven’t done in 12 years: win a conference title.
Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick and the No. 15 Bearcats will try to at least clinch a share of the conference title as they play against Rutgers in New Jersey today.
Kilpatrick stepped up big time with a season high 34 points in his final home game to lead the Bearcats to a 97-84 win over Memphis on Thursday.
Titus Rubels had a breakout game with 24 points and Justin Jackson added 13 points with 9 rebounds despite injuring his shoulder in the second half. Cincinnati moved back into a tie with No. 11 Louisville Cardinals with one game to go.
The Bearcats haven’t won a league title since the 2003-2004 season, when they were in C-USA. They clinch a share of the AAC title with a win today at Rutgers and possibly gets the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, it will all depend on how Louisville fares against Connecticut later this afternoon.
Kilpatrick will need to play better against the Scarlet Knights, a team he has struggled a bit in his career. He is averaging 14.0 points on 30.9 percent shooting in four games. The senior had 16 in the first meeting back on Jan 11, where he missed a ton of three pointers in the team’s 71-51 win.
The team will hope to build on that offensive explosion they had against Memphis to a Rutgers that allows the second most points in the AAC. Also, they give up their second most three pointers at 37.4 percent.
Myles Mack is their go to player, averaging 15.3 points per game, he had 17 in the first meeting in Cincinnati.
Hopefully the Bearcats’ offense can build on their efficient play on Thursday, must bury this team early if you get the chance to, don’t let them in the game or it could scary.
Prediction: Cincinnati 71, Rutgers 62
Tip-off at noon on ESPNEWS (channel 305 if you have TW) Radio: 700 WLW
UCONN at Louisville at 2pm on CBS.