Bearcats Clinch A Share Of The AAC Regular Season Title, Act Like They’ve Been There
Thursday night inside Devlin Fieldhouse the Cincinnati Bearcats clinched at least a share of the AAC regular-season championship. The Bearcats second regular-season title came after a dominating 78-49 point win over Tulane.
Unlike the neighbors in Norwood, the Bearcats didn’t take a selfie, they didn’t cut down the net. Instead, the Bearcats shook hands, headed to the locker room and came back to Cincinnati. The Cats didn’t get a full Enquirer spread for their currently shared championship, they don’t need billboards on 71 for this. Nope, the Bearcats now get ready for Wichita State on Sunday and the AAC tournament.
More Like Tulame
The Green Wave have won this season over Temple, Houston, and SMU but didn’t have anything for the Bearcats. Cincinnati started off hot thanks to a Jacob Evans three and never looked back. When halftime finally rolled around UC lead by 19 over Tulane, 39-20.
Jacob Evans went down in the first half with an ankle injury. Initially, it didn’t look good as the baseline camera focused on Evans as he clutched his ankle and loudly kept saying “Fuck man, fuck, fuck.” The person manning the dump button Thursday night did a terrible job dumping out. The Parents Television Council will certainly not be happy about that. We don’t have time for them though, everyone thought the Cincinnati Curse struck again. Evans limped off the court seemingly not being able to put any weight on his foot. If they could have carried him off like Paul Pierce they would have. THANKFULLY, Evans came back out to the bench with no ice on his ankle and was able to walk on it. He had a limp but it didn’t look as bad as we first thought.
With Evans and his 11 points on the bench, the Bearcats focused on pulling further away from Tulane and they did. As the chicken fingered enticed crowd slowly started to realize their team had no chance of winning the Bearcats kept pulling away.
Kyle Washington’s 16 points led the Bearcats in scoring. Fellow senior Gary Clark only managed 4 points but had 9 rebounds helping the Bearcats dominate the boards. Cane Broome coming off the bench AGAIN scored 13 and further solidified the fact that he should be starting over Shad Moss aka Bow Wow aka Justin Jenifer.
Keith Williams stepped up to replace Evans by playing 27 minutes. This was the first time the freshman really got thrown into serious playing time and he didn’t disappoint. Williams needs to grow his game but there are flashes of a really solid player there. 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals for the freshman finally showcased his talents. There is obviously room to improve but he is capable of being a key contributor if needed. More time only means more confidence for Keith.
Win On Sunday
The Bearcats could have been outright conference champs Thursday night if UCF could have completed their comeback against Wichita State. Instead, the Knights couldn’t finish it off in overtime after their last-second 3 to tie the game in regulation. Just once UCF could have done something for UC and they failed.
Now the Bearcats head to Wichita State on Sunday to revenge their loss from a little over a week ago. The Shockers are definitely beatable but the Bearcats will have to play efficiently to get that done. Also not going 12 minutes without scoring would be a huge help too. No word on if Jacob Evans will play in that game yet.
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