Instant Analysis: Bearcats Rip Pitt.

We provide some notes and observations on UC's 70-61 win over Big East foe Pitt.

Here are some notes and observations from Cincinnati's 70-61 victory over Pitt.

-Sean Kilpatrick going out with two fouls early in the first half was huge for the Bearcats. Aside from Cashmere Wright, Kilpatrick is the only player on this Bearcats squad who can create his own shot. With him on the bench, the brunt of the offensive load falls on Wright's shoulders, not something you want your point guard to have to deal with.

-While the first half saw the Bearcats resort to some of their bad tendencies, such as settling for deep two pointers and contested three's, the second half saw Cincinnati attack the basket and get to the line, finishing with 35 free throw attempts.

-The MVP of the second half was David Nyarsuk. The 7-1 transfer from Mountain State finished with six points and three rebounds, all offensive, making his presence known and showing a soft set of hands, something he's been criticized of not having this season, to finish around the basket.

-Cashmere Wright's assist numbers were low again, only finishing with two on the game, but much of that was due Kilpatrick's absence due to foul trouble, forcing Wright to become the primary scoring option for Cincinnati. His 18 points were a team high.

-Titus Rubles had a quietly efficient game, finishing with five points, four rebounds and three assists, and showing the all-around game and athleticism that has Bearcat fans excited for his future contributions. His biggest play came during UC's most important possession. While the Bearcats were holding onto a five point lead late in the second half, they grabbed three offensive rebounds off missed shots, shedding almost 90 seconds off the clock, before Rubles slashed into the lane, drew Pitt center Steve Adams out from under the basket, and fed a perfect bounce pass to a wide open David Nyarsuk, who finished off the play with a momentum increasing dunk.

-While that play seemed to have all but shut the door on Pitt, UC's disciplined unraveled and nearly cost them the game. After the Pitt point guard dribbled the length of the court, he slashed into the lane, was fouled, and made the basket. After said player bricked the free throw, UC allowed the offensive rebound and put back layup, cutting Cincinnati's lead to just three. Pitt then stole the ensuing inbounds pass, and set Tray Woodall to the line with a chance to cut UC's lead to just one. However, Woodall missed the free throw and the Bearcats grabbed the rebound, all but ending Pitt's chances. It wasn't the prettiest way to end a game, but winning on the road in the Big East is never easy.

-While the end of the game was a bit sloppy, UC played extremely disciplined basketball for most of the game. They only had eight turnovers for the game, while forcing nine of their own, and won the rebound margin at 30 to 27.

-It was a poor performance from both teams from the three-point line. The Panthers and the Bearcats combined to shoot an abysmal 3-26 from three, with UC making the only three threes of the day, good for 12%. Not a great number to say the least.


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