Cincinnati got their biggest win of the season Thursday night versus UCF, 60-55. The home victory strengthens the solid tournament resume for the Bearcats (22-4, 11-2, 15th). Justin Jenifer (12), Keith Williams (12), and Jarron Cumberland (11) all scored double-digits for UC. Aubrey Dawkins led the Knights (19-6, 9-4, 31st) with 18 points. Central Florida remains “on the bubble” for the NCAA tournament. The Cats’ will continue play at Connecticut (13-13, 4-9, 135th) on Sunday at 2 PM. TV: ESPN Radio: 700 WLW
Justin Jenifer led the Cats’ with 12 points (The Enquirer).
Xavier was able to hold on for a major victory at Seton Hall, 70-69 Wednesday. Naji Marshall’s 28 points led the way for XU (14-13, 6-8, 117th). Tyrique Jones was menacing, mainly in the first half. He finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. The Pirates (16-10, 7-7, 65th) were led by Myles Cale’s 21 points. Despite, a 16-point lead with under six minutes to play, Xavier allowed Seton Hall to come back. The Pirates had a good chance at winning but missed buzzer-beating shot. The Musketeers will continue with a tough matchup at home versus Villanova (20-7, 11-3, 22nd) Sunday at 1:30 PM. TV: CBS Radio: 550 WKRC
Naji Marshall’s 28 points led all scorers (The Enquirer).
Cincinnati defended homecourt by beating Wichita State 72-62, Sunday. The victory brings Cincy (21-4, 10-2, 17th) back on the winning side after losing to Houston last week. The Bearcats were led by Jarron Cumberland’s 27 points including six three-pointers. The Shockers (12-12, 10-2, 110th) were led by Dexter Dennis’ 14 points and 13 rebounds. Wichita St. was also able to outrebound UC 51-42. The Bearcats entered into the top 25 of the Coaches Poll this week. Cincinnati plays host to UCF (19-5, 9-3, 29th) Thursday night at 7 PM. TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW
Jarron Cumberland (34) scored 27 points for the Bearcats (The Enquirer).
Xavier avenged an earlier loss to Providence, by winning 75-61 in Rhode Island on Saturday. The Musketeers (13-13, 5-8, 126th) have won back-to-back games after besting Creighton earlier this week. Tyrique Jones had a double-double for Xavier, scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Naji Marshall (14), Zach Hankins (13), and Quentin Goodin (13) all were in double digits. Nate Watson had 16 points for the Friars (14-12, 4-9, 111th). Xavier plays Seton Hall (15-9, 6-6, 57th) on the road Wednesday at 7 PM. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW
Tyrique Jones (0) had 19 points and 12 rebounds Saturday (The Enquirer)
At long last, Xavier was able to secure a victory, 64-61 OT over Creighton Wednesday night. The overtime victory snaps a six-game losing streak for Xavier (12-13, 4-8, 133rd). The Musketeers were led by Naji Marshall’s 23 points. Tyrique Jones (12) and Zach Hankins (10) also reached double digits. Martin Krampelj led the Blue Jays (12-12, 4-8, 102nd) with 18 points. The season for Xavier has been very disappointing, but is it salvageable? At this point, X is hoping for an overall winning record. That is no guarantee in the Big East conference. The only guaranteed postseason for the Muskies’ is the conference tournament in New York City. Any hopes of playing after that, will depend on how Xavier fares in Madison Square Garden. XU will play Providence (14-11, 4-8, 98th) Saturday at 2 PM in Rhode Island. TV: FOX Radio: 700 WLW
Naji Marshall’s 23 points and clutch play helped X win (The Enquirer)
Cincinnati lost a marquee AAC matchup Sunday at Houston 65-58. The Bearcats (20-4, 8-2, 20th) led 58-57 with six minutes remaining. They would not be able to score a single point. Cold shooting and tough defense stifled the Bearcats. Jarron Cumberland’s 27 points were not enough for Cincy. Houston (23-1, 9-1, 2nd) had contributions from many players. Corey Davis Jr, Galen Robinson Jr, and DeJon Jarreau all were double digit scorers. While a disappointing loss, it was the toughest game on the schedule for UC. Also, the Cats’ will play the Cougars one more time, at home. Cincinnati will play Wichita State (12-11, 5-6, 106th) at home Sunday. Time: 1 PM TV: ESPN Radio: 700 WLW
Jarron Cumberland’s (34) efforts were not enough in the loss (AP/Wyke).
The Xavier Musketeers lost their sixth game in a row, Saturday night 74-62 vs. DePaul. The Musketeers (11-13, 3-8, 144th) competed for much of the game, only to go cold in last five minutes allowing the Blue Demons (13-9, 5-6, 121st) to go on a 16-0 run. Xavier was led by Naji Marshall, who scored 23 points. Paul Scruggs had 13 points and Quentin Goodin had 12. DePaul’s Max Strus scored 17. XU will still try to snap their losing streak Wednesday vs. Creighton (12-11, 4-7, 85th). Time: 8:30 p.m. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW
Naji Marshall led all scorers with 23 points (Victores/USA Today)