Quick Analysis: UC Handles 'Nova.

We bring you some quick thoughts and observations on UC's 68-50 win over Villanova.

-The Bearcats finally got back to their style of basketball against Villanova, turning up the defensive pressure to turn a three-point halftime lead into an 18-point victory. They got solid play from their guards and finally hit some three's, something they've been struggling with the past few games.

-Speaking of good guard play, Sean Kilpatrick got back on track for Cincinnati, finishing with a team leading 19 points to go along with eight rebounds. More importantly, Kilpatrick found his shot, finishing 6-12 from the field and 4-10 from three. While he did settle for more jump shots than most of us would've liked, his shot was on so it wasn't a hindrance to UC's offense tonight.

-Jaquon Parker stepped up in a big way tonight for UC. With Cashmere Wright struggling in recent games while coming back from injury, UC has been looking for another scoring option. Tonight, that option was Parker, as he pitched in 19 points on 3-3 shooting from three and six rebounds.

-Cincinnati's defense put together a fantastic performance, forcing 19 Villanova turnovers, while only committing 11 over their own. Their perimeter defense was most impressive. The Wildcats are a three-point shooting dominated team, and UC did their part tonight to hold them in check, as Villanova finished only 23% from three.

-Once again, Jermaine Sanders worked his way into the rotation tonight and chipped in a solid seven points and four rebounds. A big issue with this Bearcats team going into the season was depth, and the problem really began to show as the season dragged along, but the past few games has seen Sanders come off the bench and contribute in a big way. If they can continue to get this kind of performance from him, they can afford to rest Kilpatrick, Parker and/or Wright for longer stretches during the game.

-It was nice to see this team bounce back after a tough loss to Pitt last game. They essentially gave the Pitt game away, at home, and could have easily come into this game sluggish and unfocused. Instead, they came out with an intensity that wasn't there against Pitt, and raced to an early lead, one that they didn't give up throughout the entirety of the game. Hopefully they can use this performance as a stepping stone to make a nice run as Big East play winds down.


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