In the first meeting Cincinnati scored 42 points in the second half to beat Temple. Led by senior guard Sean Kilpatrick who nailed six three point shots (6-13) and finished the game with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Those shots were a key to victory and scoring on a Owls 2-3 zone.
Insider talked to Kilpatrick about how the Bearcats could break the zone better in this second match up. "We really been trying to get Titus (Rubles) the ball at the foul line area," Kilpatrick explained. "He's one of our better passers, being able to get him the ball at that foul line area just spreads it for us. If their covering us he could just take his man to the basket. With them being able to play the zone and play the 3-2 zone as well that would really help us," said Kilpatrick.
While Kilpatrick was the leading scoring in the last match up, his fellow seniors added their share with double-doubles. Justin Jackson scored 15 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks before fouling out and Titus Rubles scored 13 points with 12 rebounds. It's been that type of play from these guys and bench players that has UC playing well.
"Having those young guys especially coming off the bench with the spark they've been having for the last couple of games, we're gonna continue to keep needing that from them," Kilpatrick said. "We know this is not a game you can just win with 5 guys, you almost need your whole bench. We have 12 guys here, being able to play 4 to 5 guys off the bench and helping us with defense and shooting the ball, that's something we really need from them a lot."
Insider asked Kilpatrick what's the key to victory? He replied, REBOUNDS! "We know we're one of the smaller teams in the conference," stated Kilpatrick. "They have center that's leading the conference in rebounding. So being able to have our guards help Jack and Titus rebound, that's something we really need the most."
Bearcats and Owls tip off tomorrow at 4pm on CBS Network.