UC beats UConn, will play for AAC title

UC beats UConn, will play for AAC title

The University of Cincinnati earned a No. 6 seed in the South Region, but the Bearcats will have to wait to find out their opponent as they are bracketed against the First Four game between Kansas State (20-13) and Wake Forest (19-13).

UC owns a 7-4 lead in its series with SMU, including a 6-0 mark in Cincinnati.

The Bearcats have won five of eight games since both teams joined The American.

Despite all of this adversity, the Mustangs won 30 games, a program record, with just seven scholarship players.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Mustangs are now 2-point favorites versus the Bearcats after opening as a 1.5-point favorite.

Jarron Cumberland had 14 points to lead Cincinnati (29-5), which has not won a conference title since capturing the Conference USA crown in 2004. Few of SMU's games this season have been. The only time the two teams met at a neutral site came December 29, 1958, with UC claiming a 94-70 win in the Dixie Classic.

UConn: The Huskies, who have three players out for the season with injuries, have knocked Cincinnati out of the conference tournament three straight years. The home team has won seven of those eight meetings with the lone exception being UC's 62-54 win at Moody Coliseum on February 2, 2015.

SMU won the second meeting, an 89-84 decision on March 12, 1966 at the NCAA Midwest regional final.

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Sunday's game was not even close. He posted 20 points against Tulsa on Friday and 21 against UConn on Saturday. Defensively, SMU is yielding 59.9 points per game against the opposing teams.

UConn was whistled for 32 fouls, and Cincinnati converted on 38 of 46 free throw attempts, coming away with just enough to thwart the Huskies' second-half comeback attempt.

Wisconsin: The Badgers thought they had recovered from a run of five losses in six games, but this dud of a performance might change that perspective and force them to make adjustments before heading into the NCAA Tournament.

OFFENSIVE NUMBERS UP: Cincinnati's offensive numbers are improved this season. That's the best percentage by a Bearcats' squad since 2001-02 (.467) and the sixth best in school history behind 1999-2000 (.480), 1996-97 (.496), 1977-78 (.503) and 1959-60 (.511).

Cronin was right, the Bearcats did not have it and the Mustangs wanted it more. The driving distance between Fifth Third Arena and the Golden 1 Center is 2,299.4 miles.

The Bearcats have won their last three games at the XL Center, earning a 58-57 win over the Huskies on January 28, 2016 and posting wins over Tulsa (80-61) and UConn (81-61) during the 2017 American Championship.

Baylor was given the 3 seed in the East region, and will face New Mexico State in the first round on Friday.

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