Cincinnati football fell to Memphis in the AAC Championship, but still were able to win the Birmingham Bowl 38-6. UC (11-3, 21st) defeated Boston College at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL. QB Desmond Ridder started the game and did not disappoint, obliterating BC (6-7, 70th). He ran for three touchdowns, and 105 yards. Ridder added a touchdown pass for good measure. The game was delayed for 50 minutes due to lightning strikes. At kickoff the Bearcats were favored by seven points. This is second time Cincinnati has won at least 11 games in consecutive season (2008- 2009 seasons).
Cincinnati lost to Memphis 34-24 in the final regular season game. The game was played in Memphis, and was the first collegiate start for UC QB Ben Bryant. He threw for over 230 yards and two TD’s but also turned the ball over three times. Controversial penalties stole the storyline, especially an unsportsmanlike conduct foul, that guaranteed a Memphis (**10-1, 15th**) victory.
The Bearcats (**10-2, 24th**) will play the Memphis Tigers once again in the Liberty Bowl (Stadium). This time it will be for the American Athletic Conference championship. The winner will likely play in the Cotton Bowl
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Cincinnati’s Michael Warren II (3) (Nelson Chenault-USA Today).
**As usual, records are DI games only, and rankings are from Sports-Reference.
UC basketball defeated the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 72-65 (OT) Saturday night. This happened after Cincinnati finished the Paradise Jam tournament in third place. Cincinnati (*5-2, 76th*)beat Illinois State, lost to Bowling Green (OT), and then defeated Valparaiso (OT) in the Virgin Islands tournament.
Prior to the tourney, UC lost at Ohio State, and defeated Drake and Alabama A&M at home. The Bearcats will host Vermont (*5-3, 131st*) , tonight (12/3) at 7 PM. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW
UC guard Jarron Cumberland (34) drives to basket in game vs. UNLV (*3-6, 160th* (Enquirer).
*Records are Division I only, rankings are from sports-reference and rate a total of 353 teams (Div. I)
The Bearcats needed a signature win, and they got it Friday night. Cincinnati (4-1) defeated UCF(3-2)* 27-24 in front of a sold out crowd. The Knights were ranked 18th in the AP poll, 19th in the coaches, and 26th by sports reference while Cincinnati was rated 12th by SR. Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes and the Bearcats had three interceptions (1 TD) on defense. Thanks a 4-1 record and a top-ten schedule, Cincinnati is ranked in the AP Top 25.
Getty Images, Michael Warren II
The Cats’ will play at Houston next week (Saturday 10/12). TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW Time: 3:30 p.m.
Sports 24/7 Top Five:
Ohio State: Blew out Michigan State 34-10, and a 42-point win over Cincy is looking better every week
Alabama: Their best win is versus Duke, but it was 42-3
Wisconsin: The 21 point victory over Michigan was solid
Clemson: Beating A&M by 14, best performance, but won by a single point at UNC
Oklahoma: Playing Texas at the Cotton Bowl will show us how good they actually are, because their strength of schedule has been lacking
Sports 24/7 Under the Radar:
Cincinnati: Beating UCF was huge, have played a very difficult schedule, only loss to Ohio State
SMU: Pulled off a miracle 3OT win over Tulsa to remain undefeated and TCU victory on the road impressive
Memphis: Win over Navy is strong
Boise State: They have the win at Florida State, but that’s as good as it gets
Appalachian St.: The Mountaineers have the UNC victory on the road, but playing in the Sun Belt will not help strength of schedule
The Cincinnati Bearcats took down the Houston Cougars, 69-57 to win the AAC Championship. Cincinnati (28-6, 17-4, 13th) won their second consecutive championship thanks to Jarron Cumberland’s tremendous 33-point effort on over 50% shooting. Cane Broome also scored 15 points for the Cats’ to prevent a third loss to the Coogs’. Houston (31-3, 18-3, 3rd) was led by Armoni Brooks and his 17 points, although the Cougars shot only 30% from the field. The Bearcats will face Iowa (22-11, 11-11, 53rd) in the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament. TV: CBS Radio: 700 WLW
The Bearcats celebrate back-to-back AAC Championships (Carl Schmid/UC Athletics).
Cincinnati defeated Wichita State 66-63 in the AAC semifinals. The Cats’ (27-6, 16-4, 15th) were led by Nysier Brooks’ 13 points and Cane Broome’s clutch layup down the stretch. Wichita State (19-14, 12-9, 87th) was led by Markis McDuffie (18) in scoring. UC plays Houston (31-2, 18-2, 2nd) for the conference championship Sunday at 3:15 PM.
Keith Williams had six points in the UC victory (Justin Ford/USA Today Sports).
The Cincinnati Bearcats beat SMU in Memphis Friday night, 82-74. The AAC quarterfinal matchup was close throughout the entire game. Cincy (26-6, 15-4, 16th) was led by Jarron Cumberland’s 26 points on 50% shooting. Justin Jenifer did not miss a shot, going six for six (five three-pointers) and scored 17 points for UC. Tre Scott also had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Bear cats. SMU (15-17, 7-13, 144th) was able to keep the game very close with play from Jimmy Whitt (24) and Jahmal McMurray (18), who led the Mustangs in scoring. Cincinnati advances to the semifinals of the AAC tournament. Houston, Memphis, and Wichita State also remain in the tournament. UC plays Wichita State (19-13, 11-8, 81st) at 5 PM Saturday. TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW
Jarron Cumberland scored 26 points in the victory (UC Athletics).
Cincinnati plays Wichita State in Game 10. Houston plays Memphis in Game 9.
Cincinnati was unable to win the AAC, losing to Houston 85-69 on senior day. The Bearcats (25-6, 14-4, 16th) were unable to compete in latter parts of the game, getting outscored by the Cougars (29-2, 16-2, 2nd) 44-22 down the stretch. UC was led by Jarron Cumberland’s 20 points, despite 4-11 shooting. Center Nysier Brooks shot 75% and scored 16 points for the Cats’. The Coogs’ were led by Corey Davis Jr, whose 31 points (10-22) and six assists were too much to handle for Cincy. Houston’s win clinches the AAC championship (regular season). Cincinnati will begin postseason play in the AAC tournament quarterfinals in Memphis, TN. UC will play the winner of the first round game between Tulsa (18-13, 8-10, 92nd) and SMU (14-16, 6-12, 149th) at 7 PM Friday. TV: ESPNU Radio: 700 WLW
Nysier Brooks (33) scored 16 points in the defeat vs. Houston (AP/ John Minchillo).
Cincinnati lost a competitive matchup at UCF, 58-55. The Bearcats (25-5, 14-3, 16th) were led by Tre Scott and his 20 point effort. Scott shot nine of 15 from the field, two of three from long-range, and had nine rebounds. Jarron Cumberland added 10 points for UC, but shot less than 30% from the field (5-18). BJ Taylor had 22 points and six rebounds in his final home game for UCF (23-6, 13-4, 17th). Fellow senior Tacko Fall used his 7’6″ frame to score 10 points, grab six rebounds, and block three shots. UC’s Cane Broome came up short on a three-pointer which would have sent the game to overtime. The Cats’ will host Houston (28-2, 15-2, 4th) on senior day on Sunday at noon. TV: CBS Radio: 700 WLW.
UC’s Keith Williams (2) was held to four points at UCF (AP).
Cincinnati continued AAC domination by winning at home vs. Memphis 71-69 Saturday night. The game itself was certainly a nail-biter but a key defensive play (Logan Johnson) prevented Memphis (18-12, 10-7, 67th) from a game-winning shot. The Bearcats (25-4, 14-2, 13th) were led by star guard Jarron Cumberland’s 26 points. Memphis was led by all-American favorite Jeremiah Martin and his 28 points. The Bearcats as of Monday (3/4) are tied with Houston atop the AAC standings, with the Cougars (27-2, 14-2, 4th) holding the tiebreaker (head-to-head). Cincinnati will play the Cougars on senior day Sunday. Before that game, UC will be on the road at UCF (22-6, 12-4, 21st) who just defeated Houston on the road. The game in Orlando will tip-off Thursday at 7 PM. TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW
Nassir Brooks (33) throws down a dunk against Memphis (Enquirer/USA Today)