Thoughts On UC Men’s Basketball Exhibition Win Over Embry-Riddle

First of all, god bless Embry-Riddle and their players. Just had to get that out-of-the-way.

The 12th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats Men’s Basketball took the court on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Arena down in NKU for an exhibition matchup with Embry-Riddle.

UC rolled to a 101-68 victory.

Thoughts on the win:

  • Jarron Cumberland is a tank. The Sophomore scored a game high 27 points and he was just hitting step back jumpers and taking the ball to the rim. Cumberland reminds me of Sean Kilpatrick because of his ability to score at will and SK made his leap during his sophomore campaign. So expect that from Jarron and he could wind up being the leader scorer of the team.
  • Jacob Evans scored 11 points after only tailing 2 points in the game versus Bellarmine last week. Evans is capable of going off and should be up top as one of the leading scorers on the team. Kyle Washington had 10 points and its all about shot selection, being tough and making his free throws.
  • Eiel Nsoseme had 10 points off the bench and Mick Cronin raved about his energy and knowing his role and doing it well. Justin Jenifer had a great game with 9 points and 9 assists. Jenifer has been working so hard and been pushed in practice with Cane Broome so I expect him to make a big leap in his Junior year. It’s now for JJ.
  • Cronin was upset with his offensive unit because they were terrible of not taking care of the ball. 16 turnovers. Not good especially when you are playing a team that we have never heard of. You can’t do that against Florida, Xavier, UCLA, Wichita State and SMU. You will lose 100 percent of the time. He mentioned that the half court defense was embarrassing before it was wrecking havoc in the first half.

Good:

  • Forced 27 turnovers and 16 steals.
  • 101 points scored (56 at half).
  • Won the boards and paint game.

Bad:

  • 16 turnovers.
  • Bad half court defense in the second half
  • Offense hit a haul in periods during the second half

Its early and that’s why we have a long season to get these things corrected and practice.

Now it matters on Friday as the regular season opener tips off at 12pm versus Savannah State at BB&T Arena. Hate the time because we all have work and I’ll be watching the game from my phone. No worries. we will be there on Monday night against Western Carolina.

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