Instant Analysis: Bearcats Down Trojans

We take a look at some notes from UC's win over Arkansas Little-Rock.

-The offense is heavily back-court dominated. Cashmere Wright, Sean Kilpatrick and Jaquon Parker are this team's whole offense. I haven't seen them develop must of a post presence yet.

-This team tends to rely heavily on the three-point shot. This game, they did a much better job of attacking the basket and using their size and athleticism advantage.

-The Bearcats did a great job of utilizing their back-court press. The Trojans struggled with this badly in the first half and UC capitalized on the turnovers by getting easy baskets.

-The first half was a sloppy affair. There were a ton of missed fast breaks chances, blown shot attempts inside five feet and unnecessary turnovers, including 17 by the Trojans. Arkansas Little-Rock seemed a little overwhelmed by the environment and the Bearcats were a little out of sync early.

-David Nyarsuk has got to get stronger down low. Too often he'll receive a pass in good post position, and instead of going straight up, he'll bring the ball down, allowing the defender to get a hand on it and knock the ball away. The talent's there, he just needs to work on his post game.

-Cheikh Mbodj had a stretch early in the second half where he finished an alley-oop, made a block on the other end and then raced down and grabbed an offensive rebound and finished with a layup. That is the kind of play I expect to see the UC front-court produce this season. There is no guy you can throw the ball to in the post and expect him to make plays, similar to a Yancy Gates, so I want to see these guys crash the boards and be aggressive on defense. Mbodj did just that in the second half.

-Kilpatrick turned it on in the second half. After struggling with his shot in the first, he finished three for ten, the junior from Yonkers poured in ten points on four of six shooting. It's clear that Kilpatrick is the go-to scoring threat for this offense, and when he struggles, it puts a lot of pressure on the rest on the remaining Cincinnati guards.

-Did I mention turnovers? Because they were A LOT of them. 49 combined from both teams, including 32, yes 32, from Arkansas-Little Rock. Apparently the stress from finals was catching up to both teams. Not exactly the most beautiful of games, but a win for the Bearcats nonetheless.

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