Cincinnati Bearcats Have Not Made the Elite Eight Since 1996

By Trevor Lowry
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Although the Cincinnati Bearcats made the Sweet 16 just last year and were ranked in the top 10 at one point during the 2012-13 college basketball season, this team has not made the Elite Eight since 1996. For a team that has done pretty decent in the Big East Conference, that is a very long time.

It is a mystery when the Bearcats will make another run as far as the Elite Eight once again. If it is going to be next season, leading scorer Sean Kilpatrick is going to have to be huge. He already put up 17 points per game on the season, so who knows how much it would take him to score per game to take this team to the Elite Eight in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

However, usually come tourney time it is not completely about how good a team is. What really matters is matchups and how well a certain team matches up with another team. So, if it all works out next season–assuming that Cincy makes the dance–maybe it can count on some favorable matchups to help lead them to the Elite Eight and possibly beyond.

It is not like Cincinatti is the worst program of all time in college basketball because that is not even close to being the case. Cincy is actually a great program and has one two national championships in its history. The only problem is those championships were won in the early 1960s. Both games were won against Ohio State, who coincidentally beat Cincinnati last season in the Sweet 16.

The Bearcats will eventually make the Elite Eight again. Who knows, it could be next season.


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