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No. 15 Cincinnati handled business against Tulsa, 80-61 and move on to face UConn

No. 15 Cincinnati entered the American Athletic Conference Tournament as the 2nd seed facing Tulsa, already beating the Golden Hurricane two times they went on to make it three on Friday.

The Cincinnati Bearcats looked like a well-oiled machine against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, they say it is hard to beat a team three times in one season, but that wasn’t the case on Friday night. Cincinnati went on to beat Tulsa 80-61 to move on to the quarterfinals against another familiar foe Connecticut at 5 pm Saturday on ESPN2.

Cincinnati shot lights out from the jump and never looked back, Troy Caupain knocked down his first two threes he attempted which is always a welcomed sign. Caupain has made some big shots in March so being aggressive is something that the Bearcats welcome. Jacob Evans and Kyle Washington had monster games both shooting 8 of 10 from the field. Evans was 3 of 3 from three finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Washington finished with a team high in points with 21 and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

Caupain finished with 6 assists to go over 500 for his career and join Deonta Vaughn as the second player in Bearcats history to have 1200 points and 500 assists. Caupain had 15 points, a team high 7 rebounds and 6 assists Friday night.

Co-sixth man of the year Jarron Cumberland had 9 points off the bench also.

Cincinnati shot 49.2% from the field, 40% from three and 66.7% from the line. The one percentage to keep an eye on is free throws, I would like them to get to the mid 70% is if possible especially in the NCAA tournament. They outrebounded Tulsa 35-27 which is another staple in Cronin teams and is a good sign.

Cincinnati is now 28-4 overall and 16-2 in the AAC.

Per BearcatsTV

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