On the season, the Cincinnati Bearcats are led on the offensive end by junior guard Sean Kilpatrick, but their most important player may be his back court mate, Cashmere Wright.
Over the course of the past five games, the Bearcats are slipping a bit, recording just a 2-3 mark during that stretch. In turn, Cincinnati has fallen to 6-5 within the Big East Conference. There isn’t much of a reason to panic if you’re a Bearcat fan, but the production of Wright needs to get back to normal if Cincinnati hopes to make a run within the NCAA Tournament.
In those five games, Wright has scored in double-figures offensively just once, totaling 17 points in a win over Seton Hall. However, his lack of offensive production has taken a hit in the other four games during that stretch. Overall, Wright is averaging just 7.8 points per game since returning from his injury, a number that sits roughly six points under his season average. That may not seem like a whole lot, but it’s not something that Cincinnati can’t afford to move forward without.
Wright is just 11-of-53 from the field over the course of the past five games, a shooting percentage that totals 20.7. That’s not good for the team’s second-leading scorer. In addition, Wright is just 6-of-35 from beyond the three-point line.
The good news surrounding the Bearcats’ recent struggles is that they return home for a pair of games this week. Cincinnati must protect its home court and right their ship now, rather than later.
If Wright can get things back on track in terms of his own personal game, then Cincinnati will be just fine. However, this isn’t a what-if situation. It’s a must for the Bearcats’ potential in March.
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