UC Hoops: Cincinnati’s Season Ends

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.

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Tre Scott (13) walks off the court after the defeat (Busting Brackets).

UC Hoops: Cincy Survives Wichita State

Cincinnati defeated Wichita State 66-63 in the AAC semifinals. The Cats’ (27-6, 16-4, 15th) were led by Nysier Brooks’ 13 points and Cane Broome’s clutch layup down the stretch. Wichita State (19-14, 12-9, 87th) was led by Markis McDuffie (18) in scoring. UC plays Houston (31-2, 18-2, 2nd) for the conference championship Sunday at 3:15 PM.

Cincinnati Bearcats guard Keith Williams (2) dunks against Wichita State Shockers forward Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler (44) during the second half in the American Athletic Conference Tournament at FedExForum.

Keith Williams had six points in the UC victory (Justin Ford/USA Today Sports).

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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Bearcats blast Bulls

The Cincinnati Bearcats destroyed the South Florida Bulls yesterday 87-61 in the second round of the Big East Championship held at Madison Square Garden. Led by center Yancy Gates’s 25 points, the Bearcats will play Notre Dame (#2 seed) tonight in the quarterfinals at 7:00 on ESPN. Cincinnati lost in the quarterfinals last year to West Virginia¬†thanks to a buzzer beater.