Conference: American Athletic Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region: No. 5 seed in the East
Cincinnati has been absolutely amazing this season. It is as simple as that. Sure, the team slipped up and lost two games in a row early on, but then it won 15 straight. The AAC may not be as good as last year’s Big East Conference, but it does still consist of teams like Louisville, Connecticut, Memphis and, of course, the Bearcats. Plus, SMU has emerged in a big way.
I am sure not many people expected this team to win the American this year, but it did just that –tied with Louisville for regular season title.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Sean Kilpatrick (20.7 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Justin Jackson (7.2 rpg)
Leading Passer: Sean Kilpatrick (2.6 apg)
Bad Losses: None
Good Wins: SMU, Memphis (twice), Louisville, Connecticut
Just in case if you thought the Bearcats had a weak schedule this year, go ahead and look at those five good wins a little closer. They also beat Pittsburgh, North Carolina State and Nebraska in their non-conference schedule.
Sean Kilpatrick was expected to have a big year and that is exactly what he did. The senior has improved his shot since last season and he is even averaging a couple more points with less time on the court. Kilpatrick is the type of player who can go off for 30 or more points against any team in the tournament. He is averaging 20.7 points per game.
Kilpatrick is for real and so are the rest of the Bearcats.
The Cincinnati Bearcats are dancing!