Cincinnati Men’s Basketball Is Under The Radar

Sean Kilpatrick

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Granted, they should win easily when playing teams like North Carolina Central and UMass-Lowell, but the Cincinnati Men’s Basketball Team has gotten off to a perfect start. Their only real challenge to date has come against North Carolina State, against whom they recorded a 68-57 victory.

However, they have been as dominant as expected in their other contests, which will undoubtedly give them confidence heading into their next three games: at New Mexico, and then at home vs. Xavier and Pittsburgh.

Senior captain and potential AAC Player of the Year candidate Sean Kilpatrick has been remarkably consistent, leading the team in scoring in six out of their seven games. On the season, he averages 19.7 points per game, while hitting a remarkable 48.9 percent of his 3-point shots. He also leads the team in assists at 3.2 per game.

Seniors Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles combine with Kilpatrick to make a very solid “big three” for the Bearcats. Rubles averages 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest, while Jackson scores 10.7 points and brings down 6.7 boards per game. To add, Jackson averages 3.2 blocks per contest. The two other starters, Ge’Lawn Guyn and Shaquille Thomas, have been nice complimentary pieces, averaging 7.3 and 6.9 points respectively.

The Bearcats will either show everyone that they’re legitimate, or the exact opposite over the next three games. Their first one comes on Saturday, December 7, when they travel to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico. The Lobos handed Cincinnati their first loss a year ago, and the Bearcats will be looking for revenge against Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk, Cameron Bairstow and company. Tip off is at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Dan Karpuc is an American Athletic Conference basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_karpuc, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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