XU Falls to Wake 80-78

Xavier lost to Wake Forest on the road by two despite 30 points from the Musketeers’ Paul Scruggs, and 16 points from Naji Marshall. Quentin Goodin attempted a three-pointer at the end of the game, which was not successful for the Muskies.’ Xavier is 9-2, ranked 52nd by CBB Reference, but is just outside the top 25 in the Coaches’ and AP polls. XU will play Western Carolina (7-2, 136th) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: 700 WLW Line: Xavier favored by 15.

Xavier forward Jason Carter, right, drives into Wake Forest forward Ismael Massoud in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Xavier’s Kevin Carter (AP, Nell Redmond)

UC loses to Memphis, but get Second Chance in AAC Champ.

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

TV: ABC Time: 3:30 p.m. Radio: 700 WLW


Cincinnati’s Michael Warren II (3) (Nelson Chenault-USA Today).

**As usual, records are DI games only, and rankings are from Sports-Reference.

Cincinnati Survives Scare at ECU

The Bearcats barely beat East Carolina in an extremely competitive game Saturday night, 46-43. A game-winning field goal was made by UC’s Sam Crosa as time expired. Ahmad Gardner had key interception return for a TD for Cindy. No. 16 Cincinnati (7-1) was led by Michael Warren II who ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Desmond Ridder threw for 161 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. ECU (1-6) was a 25-point underdog. Cincinnati will play Connecticut (1-7) at home Saturday. Time: 3:30 TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW

*Ratings based on Simple Rating System from Sports-Reference. Records use FBS games only* Cincinnati is No. 17 in both the Coaches and AP polls. The College Football Playoff has

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Sam Crosa (31) celebrates the game-winning field goal (Fletcher Page, Cincinnati Enquirer).

Sports 24/7 Top Five

1. Ohio State (8-0) Had open week, they play Maryland at home.

2. Alabama (8-0) Also had open week, major showdown with #3 LSU at home is next.

3. LSU (7-0) Yes, the top three teams were off this past week. LSU is on the road at #2 Alabama, like I just said…

4. Penn State (7-0) Ok the top four teams were off this week.. Playing ranked Minnesota on the road at noon.

5. Clemson (8-0) Clemson technically was not off this week, they played Wofford. They pretty much were off this week though, because THEY PLAYED WOFFORD (59-14).

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar

1(Tie). Memphis (7-1) The Tigers shoot up to a tie with #16 Cincy. Their win over SMU was a signature victory, now they rest up Saturday.

1(Tie). Cincinnati (7-1) The Bearcats defense was absolutely shredded for 550 yards passing by ECU. Yes, ECU. A fourth-quarter comeback and last-second field avoided the upset, 46-43. But UConn should not be as difficult.

3. SMU (8-1) The ponies’ had a tough go of it, running into the buzzsaw that is #18 Mem Fuss… losing 55-48. They play ECU this week at home.

4. Navy (6-1) The Midshipmen let UCONN hang around for the first half. Then the second half happened and the final score was 56-10. Now comes up an off week and then they go to Notre Dame.

5. UCF (6-2) The Knights were trailing at halftime at Houston. But UCF pulled away 44-29, and play at Tulsa Friday night.

Bearcats Beat Tulsa 24-13, Rise to No. 18

Cincinnati continues to roll, beating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 24-13. The Bearcats improve to 6-1, while Tulsa falls to 2-5 thanks to a brutal schedule. Tulsa was pesky, not indicated by their poor record, as the Golden Hurricane had the ball in the 4th quarter, down 17-13. An interception halted the drive, and UC scored on Gerrid Doaks’ third touchdown (2 rush, 1 reception), as the Bearcats cemented their victory. UC is first in the AAC East. The Cats’ have risen to No. 18 in the AP and Coaches’ polls.


Gerrid Doaks (Gannett)

Cincinnati has this week off, and will play ECU (1-4)* on the road next Saturday (11/2).

FBS WINS ONLY

Sports 24/7 Top Five

1. Ohio State (7-0) OSU has simply been steamrolling everybody. Their latest victim? Northwestern on the road, and it didn’t matter if they played on Pluto: 52-3 Bucks.

2. Alabama (7-0) They haven’t played a true cupcake, but Tennessee is on its last legs this season. Bama’ won by 22 at home in Crimson Tide fashion.

3. Clemson (7-0) Also have been fairly tested, perhaps a little too much. Playing at Louisville though was easy work, 45-10.

4. LSU (6-0) The Bayou Bengals came out of the huge Florida victory, and did not disappoint, beating Miss St easily away from home.

5. Oklahoma (6-0) They annihilated WVU at home 52-14, Jalen Hurts is looking phenomenal.

Dropped Out: Wisconsin

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar

1. SMU (7-0) Barely beating Tulsa in triple overtime? Not impressive. Beating a ranked Temple team by 24? Very impressive, Pony UP.

2. Cincinnati (6-1) A little ugly but UC holds on versus Tulsa to keep major bowl hopes alive.

3. Memphis (5-1) The Tigers played a very skilled Tulane team, and dominated the entire game.

4. Navy (4-1) Navy shoots up to fourth on this list with a convincing trounce of USF, 35-3.

5. App State (5-0) They remain undefeated after obliterating ULM, but it’s hard to see them rise above teams on this list with Sun Belt opponents.

Dropped Out: Boise State, UCF

XU Hoops: Musketeers’ Season Over

Xavier lost to Texas in overtime Sunday, 78-76. XU (19-16, 10-10, 93rd) was on the road for the NIT sweet sixteen matchup. Tyrique Jones scored 22 points on 10-12 shooting and had 11 rebounds for Xavier. The Muskies’ Naji Marshall scored 19 points (7-17), and Zach Hankins added 13 (6-8). Texas’ (18-16, 8-11, 74th) Kerwin Roach II scored 21 points, and (6-13) and Jase Febres had 17 (6-10). ¬†Xavier finishes the 2018-19 season in 4th place (tie) in the Big East regular Season, semifinalists in the Big East Tournament, and NIT 2nd round participants. This was Travis Steele’s first season as head coach. Next season Xavier will begin play in the Charleston Classic, which features teams that include Florida, Miami, UConn, and Buffalo.

Zach Hankins scored 13 points, but was unable to score on the final play of the game (Nick Wagner/American Statesman).

XU Hoops: Xavier Bursts Creighton’s Bubble

The Musketeers defeated the Creighton Blue Jays 63-61 Thursday in the Big East Quarterfinals. Xavier (18-14, 10-9, 88th) was able to advance to the semifinals thanks in large part to Zach Hankins. The center was 11 of 15 from the field, scoring 22 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and tipping in the game-winning shot. Naji Marshall (11) and Kyle Gastlin (10) scored in double-digits as well. Gastlin’s block at the end of the game sealed the victory. The Blue Jays (17-14, 9-10, 80th) were on the fence regarding the NCAA tournament, but now are on the outside. Creighton’s Ty-Shon Alexander scored 21 points in the loss. The Big East Tournament is down to four teams: Villanova, Xavier, Marquette, and Seton Hall. Xavier will play 6:30 PM Friday night versus Villanova (23-9, 14-5, 26th) at Madison Square Garden. TV: FS1 Radio: 550 WKRC

Xavier celebrates the 63-61 victory over Creighton (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

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UC Hoops: Cincinnati Takes Down Connecticut

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

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Cane Broome’s clutch three-pointer clinched the game for UC (AP/Hill).

2018-19 American Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR
Houston 13-1 26-1
Cincinnati 12-2 1 23-4
UCF 10-4 3 20-6
Temple 10-4 3 20-7
Memphis 9-6 4.5 17-11
South Florida 7-7 6 18-9
Wichita State 6-8 7 13-13
Tulsa 6-9 7.5 16-12
SMU 5-9 8 13-13
UConn 4-10 9 13-14
East Carolina 3-11 10 10-16
Tulane 0-14 13 4-22

 

XU Hoops: Xavier Survives for Third Straight Win

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

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Naji Marshall’s 28 points led all scorers (The Enquirer).

UC Hoops: Bearcats Win at Home

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

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Jarron Cumberland (34) scored 27 points for the Bearcats (The Enquirer).

AAC Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR
Houston 12-1 25-1
Cincinnati 10-2 1.5 21-4
UCF 9-3 2.5 19-5
Temple 9-4 3 19-7
South Florida 7-6 5 17-8
Memphis 7-6 5 15-11
Tulsa 6-7 6 16-10
Wichita State 5-7 6.5 12-12
UConn 4-8 7.5 13-12
SMU 4-8 7.5 12-12
East Carolina 2-11 10 9-16
Tulane 0-12 11.5 4-20

XU Hoops: Xavier Pounds Providence

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

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Tyrique Jones (0) had 19 points and 12 rebounds Saturday (The Enquirer)

Big East Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR
#13 Villanova 11-1 20-5
#10 Marquette 10-2 1 21-4
St. John’s 6-6 5 18-7
Seton Hall 6-6 5 15-9
Butler 6-7 5.5 15-11
Georgetown 5-7 6 15-10
DePaul 5-8 6.5 13-11
Xavier 5-8 6.5 13-13
Creighton 4-8 7 13-12
Providence 4-9 7.5 14-12