The Bearcats fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament, 79-72. Friday, UC (28-7, 17-4, 13th) played Iowa (22-12, 11-11, 49th) in Columbus in front of many UC fans. Unfortunately, that and Justin Jenifer’s 19 points on 7-12 shooting was not enough. The Bearcats also had 17 points from Jarron Cumberland who was 7-17 from the field. Iowa’s Luka Garza scored 20 points, going 8-11 from the field. UC finishes their 2018-19 season as AAC Tournament champions, 2nd place AAC regular season, and NCAA Tournament Round of 64 participants. Cincinnati will return next year playing in the US Virgin Island Paradise Jam tournament featuring eight teams, including Nevada. The Cats’ will also play in the Chicago Legends in December against, you guessed it, Iowa.
Tre Scott (13) walks off the court after the defeat (Busting Brackets).
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 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)
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).
It took overtime, but Cincinnati defeated Tulsa 80-75 at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK. Cincy (13-3, 2-1, 33rd) travelled to Tulsa to play the Golden Hurricane (11-5, 1-2, 83rd) Thursday night. The Bearcats came to Oklahoma following a major upset loss to East Carolina on the road. To make matters worse, many UC players were suffering from flu-like symptoms. Despite these issues, the Cats played with intensity and beat a team in the top 100 who had not lost a home contest in 15 games. UC’s Cane Broome led with 16 points (off the bench). Jarron Cumberland, and Keith Williams each had 14 points to help counter Tulsa and Daquan Jeffries’ 14 points. Cincinnati plays Connecticut (10-6, 1-2, 98th) at home in Fifth Third Arena Saturday night at 8 PM. TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW
Cane Broome led UC with 16 points although he did not start the game. He tied the game with a basket as time expired in regulation. (UC Athletics via AP)