A few hours before the University of Cincinnati took the floor against Marquette on Saturday, Sean Kilpatrick saw Cashmere Wright in the trainer’s room and asked Wright if he was going to play. When Wright said no, Kilpatrick knew what had to be done.
“Cash is one of our leaders,” Kilpatrick said. “I said to the team, we’re down a leader and we’ve got to step up. Everyone did a great job doing that.”
No one did a better job than Kilpatrick, who scored a career-high 36 points and delivered the game-winning shot in UC’s 71-69 overtime victory over No. 25 Marquette before 12,812 fans, the largest crowd of the season at Fifth Third Arena.
With the score tied at 69-69 following a 3-point play by Marquette’s Davante Gardner, Kilpatrick took advantage of a perfect screen by Kelvin Gaines, who was in the game only because Cheikh Mbodj, David Nyarsuk and Justin Jackson had all fouled out, and blew down the left side of the lane to drop in a left-handed layup with 4.3 seconds left.
Marquette raced down the floor and Junior Cadougan launched a shot that would have tied the score, but his shot was no good. The ball was batted in the air by a Golden Eagle player as time expired.
“I just felt at the end, because they were face-guarding me a whole lot, that if they just give me a little bit of breathing room, I’m going to try to get a layup,” Kilpatrick said. “Kelvin set a great screen and I just took their power forward on.”......................
good win, but man.. if they are cold with threes they are dead in the water. They need to really work to get it inside. I hate to sound pessimistic but this looks like a team that will go 2nd round at best in the dance unless they get a more inside presence.
toothmark wrote: good win, but man.. if they are cold with threes they are dead in the water. They need to really work to get it inside. I hate to sound pessimistic but this looks like a team that will go 2nd round at best in the dance unless they get a more inside presence.
Agreed. It's hard to tell though, with senior leadership at the gaurd position maybe they can manufacture some scoring by driving to the basket, getting to the line and running the fast break. The D/rebounding is definitely there which should keep them in games.
We have the potential to go deeper if they get hot, but the inside game is soft, soft too soft. We get pushed around inside, tentative, like they are scared of getting nailed when they should take the ball to the hoop. Mooj and nyarsuk need to eat 5 squares a day, loads of steak and potatoes, fish and chicken then hit the weight room Hard. We could really use that 6-8 245 or so power forward. Doesn't have to handle the ball like a guard or shoot like one, but knows what to do when he gets the ball low, sets picks and screens that work and has ferocity 100% of the time. Dudes need to bounce off him instead of shying away from contact.
Don't get me wrong, we are a dang solid Defensive team and we force a lotta turnovers, but I miss seeing hard body fouls that end up with the other team on their backside wondering what hit them instead if the ticky tac reaching fouls we get the majority of the time. Knight always complains about playing D with your hands instead of your feet and thus your body. We are always reaching, swiping at the ball. I want to see no doubter fouls that make guys think twice when they come inside and leaves them with black and blue memories of trying it.
I'll have to slightly disagree. An inside game could definitely take this team to the next level, but with the type of defense we've been playing, and the quality of our guards, I think we'll be able to play with any team in the country. Marquette is a quality team; to beat them without Cash, and to win in overtime with both of our bigs fouling out was extremely impressive to me.