Instant Analysis: Bearcats Top DePaul.

We bring you some quick thoughts and observations on UC's 75-70 win over DePaul.

-Once again, FREE THROWS. This team should live at the free throw line, and tonight, they absolutely did. Cincinnati attacked on offense to the tune of 31 free throw attempts, hitting 19. While the percentage was a bit low, 61%, the number attempted is the more important issue. While UC attempted 31 free throws, DePaul only got to the line 14 times, proving that the Bearcats were the more aggressive team, and as a result, the winning team.

-While the free throw numbers increased, the three point shots decreased, to the tune of just 13 threes attempted. This group is usually a solid three point shooting team, but in past games, they have been relying too heavily on the three point shot. Tonight, they didn't force the shots and let the three pointers unfold in the rhythm of the offense. They finished 6-13 from behind the arc, good for nearly 50%/.

-This wasn't the cleanest game on offense from the Bearcats. While they shot the ball well, they were uncharacteristically careless with the ball, finishing with 19 turnovers, compared to only 10 from DePaul. Some of it was due to DePaul's pressure defense, but most of them were just due to mental lapses and trying to play too fast. They will need to cut down on the turnovers in upcoming games.

-Cashmere Wright had a big game for UC, finishing with 20 points to pace the Bearcats offense. It was nice to see the Bearcats point guard finish with seven assists to go along with those 20 points, as Wright has struggled to get the rest of the team going from the point guard position in recent games. While not his fault, he has been asked to carry much of the offensive load, Wright is still a point guard first, and his assist numbers need to be around four of five per game.

-We must give props where props are due, and in the case of DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin, props are due. The Blue Demons big man finished with 32 points and eight rebounds on 14-20 shooting. He completely dominated the Cincinnati frontcourt and looked unstoppable at times. Well played, Melvin. Well played.

-Sean Kilpatrick continued his run of efficient games, finishing with 18 points on 4-7 shooting. More importantly, Kilpatrick finished 7-10 from the line, showing a willingness to lay off the deep jumpers and live at the charity stripe. We've discussed how Kilpatrick's strength is a huge advantage against most opposing guards, and tonight he used it again. If he continues to play like this, I fully expect to see his name on the first team All Big East team at the end of the season.

-While the performance of the frontcourt was still a little disappointing from an offensive standpoint, we can't ignore the defensive performance of Cheikh Mbdoj. Cincinnati's defensive stopper finished with seven blocks on the night, which was five more than DePaul's entire team compiled, to go along with six points and three rebounds on 2-3 shooting from the field. At this point in the season, I think this is what we can expect from the UC big men on offense, but if they can bring it like this on defense, we can live with it.


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