Cincinnati Bearcats (23-3 overall; 12-1 American) looks to improve their resume for a high seed but must be wary of a struggling Central Florida team (10-13 overall; 2-10 American) that is looking for a win to give them a little confidence heading towards the conference tournament.
And the Bearcats have OPPORTUNITY written on their chests for UCF to knock them off their game. The crowd in Orlando will most likely be a factor in the fight for the Knights. The last time that these two teams met up was in late January in Fifth Third Arena when the Bearcats emerged victorious by a score of 69-51 led by Kilpatrick's 19 points and Justin Jackson's career high seven blocks.
this game will be a much different story, much different. Cincinnati returned to their winning ways after they defeated Houston in Fifth Third behind Kilpatrick's 28 points and clutch buckets late in the game. But the Knights finally snapped their recent nine-game slide with a game-winning bucket against South Florida, winning 75-74. So their confidence has risen for this game. This will be the first ever game in school history that UCF has hosted a top 10 school and coach Mick Cronin knows how to prepare for the crowd and plans to have the 'Cats prepared as well.
"When you're going to someone's house and they're struggling while a team like us is winning and we're playing for seeding, some teams are playing for pride and just tired of losing," Cronin said. "So we have to come out more aggressive than UCF and we know if we let them dictate the flow of the game, we will lose. So we just have to stay aggressive."