Instant Analysis: UC Beats Rutgers.

Here are some quick thoughts and notes as the Bearcats got back on the winning track, taking care of Rutgers for their second Big East win.

-To call Rutgers offensive performance poor would be an insult to the word "poor". The Scarlet Knights, with around 16 minutes left, were shooting 18% from the floor, including 0-7 from three. It was truly something to see. Nothing was falling and they could not get into a rhythm on offense at all.

-UC struggled with their offense as well, shooting around 35% with just under 13 minutes left in the game. They were much more aggressive in driving the ball, however, getting to the free throw line 32 times, making 23.

-After starting the game 3-5 from the field, Sean Kilpatrick ended the game going 0-7. Not the kind of finish you want to see from your Wooden Award Watch List guard. He did, however, finish with 10 points and got to the line six times.

-Cashmere Wright picked up the slack, rebounding from his poor performance against Notre Dame to finish with 23 points and three rebounds, including 9-10 from the free throw line.

-Titus Rubles continues to make the case for more playing time. The junior college transfer finished the game leading Cincinnati in rebounds, with 11, to go along with seven points. Rubles is a burst of energy off the bench, rebounds well for his size, and attacks the basket with his superior athleticism.

-Continuing their theme of doing the "little things" well, UC once again won the rebound battle, finishing with 38 compared to Rutgers 32, and took care of the basketball, turning the ball over a measly six times to the Scarlet Knights nine. These statistics cannot be overstated, as they point to a team who is disciplined, hits the glass, and plays smart basketball.

-I hate to bludgeon a point to death, but do you see what happens when Cincinnati attacks the paint??? They did not shoot the ball well, finishing at 37% from the field and 22% percent from three. However, they got to the line over 30 times, and more importantly, got the win. It's a shame it's taken this long to figure it out, but the Bearcats finally seem to be embracing their identity as a guard-driven team. And guard-driven teams need to be getting to the line around 30 times per game. Hopefully this will be the kind of team we will see on offense going forward.

-Jermaine Sanders came off the bench and provided a spark once again, this time playing 15 minutes and finishing with nine points and two rebounds on 3-5 shooting. Sanders emergence these past two games has allowed UC to rest their top three guards more regularly, allowing for longer rest periods for guys like Wright, Kilpatrick and Jaquon Parker.

-The frontcourt dilemma is still an issue. Cheikh Mbdoj, David Nyarsuk and Justin Jackson finished with a combined eight points, six of which came from Jackson alone. The most disappointing performance came from Mbdoj, however. The usually effective center finished with zero blocks and only three rebounds in 19 minutes of action, well below what we've come to expect from the big man. If UC continues to get this level of production from these three, they will struggle against teams with long, athletic frontcourts in the Big East.


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