Jan. 20, 2019
Cincinnati Continue's To Win, Win, Win
Following an upset loss to East Carolina two weeks ago, people started to question if Cincinnati could make the tournament for an 8th consecutive season. However, they have responded nicely winning, tough, hard fought rock fights.
Cincinnati defeated Wichita State 66-55 inside the Roundhouse. They are the first team since 2008-09 Southern Illinois to win back to back years at Wichita. Jarron Cumberland continued to show why he is one of the best players in the conference as he put up 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Gregg Marshall called it the worst officiated game he had ever seen in his post game presser. Cincinnati went to the free throw line 35 times compared to Wichita's 7 foul shots. Marshall and player Erik Stevenson were issued back-to-back technical fouls. This lead to another questionable officiated games, which has been a theme in the AAC this season.
Justin Jenifer continues to be one of the most improved players I have seen in a long time. He is a complete different player now than what he was his sophomore year. He put up 17 points and, as usual, didn't turn the ball over. The Bearcats have won close games over some decent competition. Since dropping to ECU, they have beaten Tulsa, UConn, USF, and now Wichita State. Cincinnati is tied for first in the conference at 5-1 and 16-3 overall.
The rebuilding year in Wichita seems to continue as the Shockers feel to 8-9. You can tell that Wichita is improving, but they still rely too much on Markus McDuffie. McDuffie had another great game putting up 21 points.
The Bearcats continue to put together a solid resume and may be the most slept on 16-3 team in the country. They will host Tulsa this Thursday night.