Conference: Big East Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Cincinnati Bearcats earned an at-large berth within the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday. The Bearcats took care of business in the second round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, but were eliminated from championship contention by Georgetown in the quarterfinals.
At 22-11 overall, Cincinnati has been up and down at times this season. In fact, a dismal stretch through the month of February brought the Bearcats down from the discussion of automatic lock to perennial bubble squad. However, Cincinnati took care of business and collectively their resume provided enough warranty for them to dance here in 2013.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Sean Kilpatrick (17.3 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Titus Rubles (5.9 rpg)
Leading Passer: Cashmere Wright (3.2 apg)
Bad Losses: St. John’s
Good Wins: Iowa State, Oregon, Marquette
With this year’s appearance, the Bearcats are dancing for the 27th time in school history. Cincinnati has qualified for three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and that comes on the heels of a drought that had been ongoing since 2005. Head coach Mick Cronin has a talented squad that can be dangerous when they get going offensively.
While the Bearcats are not the greatest of teams on the interior, their guard play is premier with the likes of Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright leading the way. JaQuon Parker is another perimeter player that opponents are going to have to keep an eye on.
The Cincinnati Bearcats are dancing!
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