Cincinnati Basketball Starts 5-2

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

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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)

UC Hoops: Cats’ Fall to UCF

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.

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UC’s Keith Williams (2) was held to four points at UCF (AP).

 

2018-19 AAC Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR
Houston 15-2 28-2
Cincinnati 14-3 1 25-5
UCF 13-4 2 23-6
Temple 12-5 3 22-8
Memphis 10-7 5 18-12
Wichita State 9-8 6 16-13
South Florida 8-9 7 19-11
Tulsa 8-9 7 18-12
UConn 5-12 10 14-16
SMU 5-12 10 13-16
East Carolina 3-14 12 10-19
Tulane 0-17 15 4-25

 

UC Hoops: Bearcats Squeak by Memphis

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

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Nassir Brooks (33) throws down a dunk against Memphis (Enquirer/USA Today)

2018-19 AAC Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR
Houston 14-2 27-2
Cincinnati 14-2 25-4
UCF 12-4 2 22-6
Temple 11-5 3 21-8
Memphis 10-7 4.5 18-12
Wichita State 8-8 6 15-13
Tulsa 8-9 6.5 18-12
South Florida 7-9 7 18-11
UConn 5-11 9 14-15
SMU 5-11 9 13-15
East Carolina 3-13 11 10-18
Tulane 0-16 14 4-24

 

XU Hoops: Musketeers Make it Five in a Row

Xavier won its fifth consecutive game Thursday night at St. John’s 84-73. Naji Marshall again led the Musketeers (16-13, 8-8, 93rd) with 31 points, a career-high. Quentin Goodin added 13 points for Xavier, while Zach Hankins (11) and Tyrique Jones (11/10) also contributed. LJ Figueroa scored 23 points and Shamorie Ponds had 13 points and six assists for the Red Storm (20-9, 8-8, 44th). The victory is one of the strongest this season, and the best road victory thus far for Xavier.  Once in last place, Xavier is now tied for third place in the Big East.The Muskies’ will visit Butler (15-13, 6-9, 90th) Tuesday at 6:00 PM. TV: FS1 Radio: 700 WLW

Naji Marshall, who scored 31 points, drives past Bryan Trimble Jr. during St. John's 84-73 loss to Xavier on Thursday night.

Naji Marshall (13) scored a career-high 31 points (Ny Post/Sipkin).

2018-19 Big East Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR
Marquette 12-3 23-5
Villanova 12-4 0.5 21-8
St. John’s 8-8 4.5 20-9
Xavier 8-8 4.5 16-13
Georgetown 7-8 5 17-11
Seton Hall 7-8 5 16-11
Butler 6-9 6 15-13
Creighton 6-9 6 15-13
Providence 6-10 6.5 16-13
DePaul 5-10 7 13-13

 

 

 

UC Hoops: Bearcats Survive SMU

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

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Justin Jenifer scored six points for UC (The Enquirer).

2018-19 American Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR
Houston 14-1 27-1
Cincinnati 13-2 1 24-4
UCF 11-4 3 21-6
Temple 10-5 4 20-8
Memphis 10-6 4.5 18-11
South Florida 7-8 7 18-10
Wichita State 7-8 7 14-13
Tulsa 7-9 7.5 17-12
SMU 5-10 9 13-14
UConn 4-11 10 13-15
East Carolina 3-12 11 10-17
Tulane 0-15 14 4-23

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

 

XU Hoops: Muskies’ Fall to Creighton

Xavier lost another tough road game Sunday, this time at Creighton 76-54. The Musketeers (11-12, 3-7, 130th) struggled in the first half, trailing 41-26 at break. It didn’t get much better in the second half. The Blue Jays (12-9, 4-5, 63rd) cruised to a 22 point victory, led by Martin Kempelj’s 23 points. Marcus Zegarowski added 13 points for Creighton. Quentin Goodin had 13 points with seven assists, and Tyrique Jones scored 10 for XU. Xavier has lost five straight games and is in last place in the Big East. The Muskies’ will play DePaul (12-9, 4-6, 138th) Saturday at the Cintas Center. Time: 8 PM TV:  FS1 Radio: 700 WLW

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Quentin Goodin (0) scored 13 points in the loss to Creighton (Brandscombe/USA Today Sports)

Big East Standings

Team                                   Conference                           GB                      Overall

Villanova 9-0 18-4
Marquette 8-1 1 19-3
St. John’s 4-5 5 16-6
Georgetown 4-5 5 14-8
Creighton 4-5 5 13-9
Seton Hall 4-6 5.5 13-9
DePaul 4-6 5.5 12-9
Butler 4-6 5.5 13-10
Providence 3-6 6 13-9
Xavier 3-7 6.5 11-12

XU Hoops: Musketeers Can’t Get out of Own Way

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)