Conference Tournament Next for Bearcats

The Cincinnati Bearcats (26-5 overall; 15-3 American) came into today's practice sporting their new black Made in March sleeved uniforms and hugging/kissing their new American Athletic Conference regular season trophy. But the Bearcats know that the regular season is now in the past and the next goal is winning the American Athletic Conference Tournament and proving their number one seed.

The journey continues for Cincinnati on Thursday night when they will play the winner of the Temple (9-21 overall; 4-14 American) vs UCF (12-17 overall; 4-14 American) game.

Today senior guard Sean Kilpatrick was selected as a unanimous first team All-AAC while senior forward Justin Jackson earned second team All-AAC honors. When both were asked about the honors, they both were humbled but the focus is clearly on the conference championship.

"My mindset right now is getting another one of those trophies and winning the conference tournament," Jackson said. "I mean it's an honor for me to be mentioned among the best in the conference but all we want to do is just keep winning."

"I didn't even know that I was picked for first team All-AAC honors," Kilpatrick said. "But I would have to give most of the thanks to my teammates and the coaching staff. They're the reason that I'm in the running for these accolades and honors. So if anything, they should receive the honors for bring a great team like this together."

When Kilpatrick was asked about the new Made in March sleeved jerseys that the Bearcats will wear in the conference championship and the NCAA Tournament, the sleeves were the main topic.

"I like them, because it forces you to change the arc of your shot," Kilpatrick said. "You're always taught to put more arc in your shot and that's exactly what these jerseys are meant to do. But it is day one of wearing these jerseys. We still have a couple of days to get used to wearing these jerseys, but I don't them to impact our jumpshot that much."

When talking to coach Mick Cronin about their next opponent--whether it be Temple or UCF--he was asked who he would rather play.

"Both of these teams are very tough opponents," Cronin said. "The records may say one thing but they are a bunch of tough players on both teams. We'll just wait until the game on Wednesday when we'll find out who we're playing. Whoever we play, we will be prepared for them no question.

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