The Cincinnati Bearcats came into this game smoking hot and I just wrote a piece on how good they were playing. The sad thing is I had it done right after the UConn game, but I held on to it because of National Signing Day so I don’t know if it was me burning bread on our boys or if it was the early start plus the time zone change.
During the first half the Bearcats were just downright outplayed by the Tigers. Memphis took a 39-24 lead to the half led by Shaq Goodwin, Dedric Lawson and Trahson Burrell. Those three players had 35 of the teams 39 points. They had their inside outside attack working and UC had no answers for it early.
UC was head to 30.8% shooting in the first half, but more telling than the percentage is that Memphis had 10 more shot attempts than the Bearcats. During the first half they also had 12 free throw attempts to the Bearcats 8.
In the second half the Bearcats snapped out of it and started the half on an 8-0 run. UC battled all the way back even getting the deficit down to as low as 2 points, but today wasn’t their day. They held Memphis to on 6 made shots in the second half, but they hit 10 of 12 from the line to help ease the pain of terrible shooting.
At the end of the day the slow started killed the Bearcats on Saturday afternoon. They were outrebounded 49-38 and I haven’t seen that all season (I didn’t research pure eye test). As a team UC shot 22.7% from three point range on 22 attempts. Troy Caupain and Gary Clark had strong games, but it wasn’t enough to keep the winning streak going as they fell 63-59.
UC is now 17-7 overall and 7-4 in the AAC.
Next game is Tuesday against UCF on Tuesday at 7 pm and will be aired on ESPNews.