UC basketball has had a slow start to the 2019-20 season. Despite an ugly loss to Colgate Saturday, Cincinnati rebounded with a win over Tennessee Wednesday night. The Bearcats (7-4, 85th*) were able to rely on Tre Scott’s 15 points to help snap a two-game losing streak. A 9-0 run was able to put UC up by 10 with less than four minutes remaining. UT (7-3, 27th*) was led by John Fulkerson and his 14 points. Cincinnati will play Iowa (8-3, 21st*) in Chicago as part of the Legends Classic on Saturday. TV: BTN Radio: 700 WLW Line: Iowa by 6 (Sports 24/7)
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 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).
Xavier’s five-game winning streak was snapped at Butler Tuesday, losing 71-66. Butler (16-14, 7-10, 89th) avenged its earlier loss in front of a near-capacity crowd on senior night. The Musketeers (16-14, 8-9, 101st) were led by Tyrique Jones and Paul Scruggs who each had 13 points in a tightly contested matchup. Butler was led by Kamar Baldwin (24) and “crowd favorite” Paul Jorgenson (19) in scoring for the Bulldogs’ last home game. Xavier is now tied for fourth place in the Big East, and currently holds the tiebreaker over St. John’s. XU will host St. John’s (20-10, 8-9, 49th) Saturday for senior day/regular season finale at 5 PM. TV: FOX Radio: 700 WLW
Quentin Goodin (3) had seven points in the contest (Russo/USA Today).
Xavier chose a good time to play its best basketball, by winning four games in a row, and beating Villanova at home 66-54 Sunday. Naji Marshall had 17 points for the Musketeers (15-13, 7-8, 102nd). Marshall was a major catalyst in the 17-0 run XU had in the second half that broke the game wide open. Phil Booth had 14 points for the Wildcats (20-8, 11-4, 30th), but 12 of those came in the first half. This win is only the second time Xavier has beaten Villanova in 13 past meetings. The Muskies’ will play at St. John’s (20-8, 8-7, 36th) Thursday night at 6:30 PM. TV: FS1 Radio: 700 WLW
Naji Marshall had 17 points in XU’s fourth straight victory (USA Today Sports/Victores).
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)
Xavier continues to stumble this season, falling to Georgetown on the road, Thursday night, 80-73. The Musketeers (11-11, 3-6, 121st) have skidded, now losing four games in a road. Georgetown (14-7, 4-4, 70th) was led by James Akinjo who scored 23 points, 10 of those coming in a late rally. Xavier’s Naji Marshall had 16 points and Paul Scruggs had 15. Quentin Goodin scored 14 off the bench. The Muskies’ simply are trying to stay at .500 or above. A first-year head coach, newer players, and an extremely difficult schedule (21st of 350) are wreaking havoc. Xavier plays Creighton (11-9, 3-5, 68th) Sunday at 1 PM. TV: Fox Sports Ohio Radio: 700 WLW.
Paul Scruggs had 15 points in the loss in Washington D.C. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)