Prior to the Xavier game, Davis III had played in only three of the team's seven games. Even lately, minutes have been scarce playing only 11 total against Oklahoma and Pittsburgh. Over a three-minute span in the first half, the freshman guard exploded for eight points with two three's and a jumper. He finished with 10 points, one of three players to reach double figures.
"The way coach (Coach Cronin) is coaching us, everyone is aggressive, so they are going to come out and play the way they have been playing and everyone has been playing great now," said junior Cashmere Wright.
RETURN OF YANCY: The fans at Fifth Third Arena showed Yancy Gates love giving him a rounding ovation as he entered the game for the first time since December 10. Gates played pretty well, hitting his first three shots for six points and he grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
"Three blocks is the stat I'm most happy about," said Cronin. "That was a big key for us. I wasn't concerned at all because he's been doing it in practice every day. His attitude's been great. Earlier in the year, he was playing too much. Cheikh was hurt and more importantly, Jaquon Parker was hurt. He plays 21 minutes tonight and he's probably a 27 minute guy. When you are 270 pounds, you can't play 36 minutes. It's my fault. I probably should have played other guys. I probably should have thrown Octavius and Kelvin out there."
Cheikh Mbodj played seven minutes, grabbing two rebounds with a block in his return to the lineup, while Octavious Ellis is probably headed for a medical redshirt. ATTENDANCE: Earlier this season, Gates responded to questions about fan attendance with "they will show up once Big East play starts." Well, he proved prophetic as 10,142 fans showed up to root the Bearcats to victory in their Big East opener. It was more than 4,000 more fans that showed up for the team's previous high against Marshall.