Cincinnati Needs Cashmere Wright to Have a Chance on the Road at Syracuse

By Paul Seaver
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Cincinnati starting point guard, Cashmere Wright, was held out of Saturday’s contest against Marquette after suffering a knee sprain in the team’s mid-week win over DePaul.

At home, the Bearcats were able to secure a victory over the Golden Eagles, needing overtime to do so. Either way, the victory without Wright on the court was a big boost to Cincinnati, improving their mark to 16-3 overall and 4-2 within the Big East Conference.

On the season, Wright is averaging 15.1 points per game and a team-high 3.7 assists. As the back court catalyst for head coach Mick Cronin, Wright’s availability for Monday afternoon’s contest at Syracuse may be crucial in terms of the Bearcats’ road potential.

Just last season, in two games between the two sides, Wright was a big part of the Bearcats’ perimeter scoring threat, tallying eight 3-pointers against the Orange alone.

With all the momentum in the world after dethroning top-ranked Louisville on Saturday, the Orange are sure to be returning to a raucous crowd at the Carrier Dome for a Martin Luther King Day tip-off.

The Bearcats do enter the contest on a three-game winning streak and having the knowledge that they can win without Wright is surely helpful, but Monday’s contest is a completely different situation from the one over the weekend. At the moment, there isn’t much known about Wright’s availability over than “we will know more towards game-time.”

If Wright does play, the Bearcats will have a better chance on the road, but if not Sean Kilpatrick might need 30+ and some lights-out shooting to keep Cincinnati in the contest. The back court tandem of Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams is more than challenge on a regular basis, let alone against a squad that could be down its starting point guard and second leading scorer.

Tip-off for this MLK Holiday showdown is scheduled for 3:30pm (EST).


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