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.
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 played another close game, and yet snatched another victory, 52-49 at SMU. The Bearcats (24-4, 13-2, 14th) were led again by Jarron Cumberland and his 12 points. Jahmal McMurray accounted for more than half of SMU’s (13-14, 5-10, 149th) points, with a game-high 27 points. The score reflected the low shooting percentages of both teams. The Bearcats shot 27% from the field, while the Mustangs shot 35%. However, UC was 14-15 from the free throw line while SMU was only 2-3. Rashawn Fredericks’ two late layups ensured a Cincy victory. The Cats’ will host Memphis (18-11, 10-6, 63rd) Saturday at 8 PM. TV: ESPNU Radio: 700 WLW
Justin Jenifer scored six points for UC (The Enquirer).
Cincinnati was able to hold of a rally at Connecticut to win 64-60 Sunday. Keith Williams led UC with 12 points, while Justin Jenifer and Cane Broome each added 10 points for UC (23-4, 12-2, 15th). Broome had the game-clinching three-pointer in his hometown of Hartford. UConn (13-14, 4-10, 139th) was led by Christian Vital (14) and Alterique Gilbert (13) in scoring. The Bearcats entered the both mainstream polls this week (AP/Coaches’: No. 23/22). Cincinnati will play at SMU (13-13, 5-9, 144th) Wednesday night at 9 PM. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW
Cane Broome’s clutch three-pointer clinched the game for UC (AP/Hill).
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).
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).
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).
Cincinnati secured an excellent road win Thursday night, over Memphis 69-64. This win is a key road victory for the Bearcats (20-3, 8-1, 16th). The Cats’ were led by Jarron Cumberland’s 17 points and six assists. Justin Jenifer had 14, and Tre Scott added 13. UC was able to survive shooting less than 40% from the field, and 12-22 in free throws. Memphis (13-10, 4-5, 83rd), meanwhile, was led by Jeremiah Martin’s 26. The Tigers led at the half 35-29. UM has lost only twice at home this season, the other to AP No. 1 Tennessee. Cincinnati will play at Houston (22-1, 8-1, 3rd) in a highly anticipated matchup Sunday at 4:00 p.m. TV: ESPN Radio: 700 WLW
Jarron Cumberland had 17 points and six assists (AP/Brandon Dill).
Cincinnati survived a tremendous effort by SMU Saturday night, winning 73-68 at Fifth Third Arena. Jarron Cumberland scored 24 points and Keith Williams had 13 for the Bearcats (19-3, 7-1, 17th). Jahmal McMurray scored 21 points for the Mustangs (12-9, 4-4, 144th). The Bearcats are tied with Houston atop the AAC standings. Cincinnati is knocking on the door of the mainstream polls, and is expected to be in the top 25 of the AP poll this week. The Cats’ will take on Memphis (13-9, 4-4, 83rd) on the road Thursday night. TV: ESPN/ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW.
Trevor Moore (5) was excited about the victory (UC Athletics).