The No. 17 Cincinnati Bearcats were 4.5-point favorites Wednesday night against Providence, which is a decent amount for a Big East game on the road. But because of some sloppy play by the Bearcats, they were upset. One play in particular speaks volumes of what went wrong for Cincinnati.
Both teams didn’t shoot the ball well. In fact, the Friars went just 2-17 from the outside, and were 10-17 from the free-throw line. So then how did the Friars pull off the 54-50 victory? you could say it was the 14 turnovers by the Bearcats. Not that 14 turnovers is a huge number, although it isn’t great, but it was the type of turnovers that they gave up.
Lets take a look at Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick‘s turnover, where he commits an interesting back-court violation.
Kilpatrick was being guarded by the Bryce Cotton with less than 10 seconds left in the game, when forward Lee Goldsbrough came over briefly to help on defense. For some reason, this caused enough confusion for Kilpatrick to lose the ball out of his hands. Now it kind looks like Kilpatrick was fouled by Goldsbrough, but if you look closely, Goldsbrough didn’t really touch him. Kilpatrick was just trying to make it look like he had been hit.
Upsets happen, especially this year, but Cincinnati needs to keep their focus if they want to stay near the top of the Big East standings. There is a lot of talent in the Big East and there isn’t too many opportunities to play a team like Providence, who has 12-11 record this season, and 4-7 in the Big East.
The Bearcats must take on No. 23 Pittsburgh at home Saturday, they must have more focus than they did Wednesday night if they want to pull off a victory.
Follow Jon Hancock on Twitter