The odds of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats going into Marquette and earning a win didn't look good. Marquette who defeated number two ranked UConn early in the week looked to be a team on a roll. The Bearcats, who've over achieved in the minds of many, came into the contest after defeating DePaul in impressive fashion and with a 9 game winning streak. But if you haven't learned by now, don't ever think this team won't scratch and claw until the end.
Led by Eric Hicks who recorded a triple-double and the play of the team as a whole, the Bearcats would set a new school record for blocked shots with 18 while also overcoming a 10-point halftime deficit to earn their second Big East victory and 13th victory of the season.
As Coach Andy Kennedy has preached all season, if the Bearcats shoot below 40% they will struggle to win. Today Marquette came close by holding the team to 43.3% shooting. But while the Eagles looked to have found the weapons needed to win, Kennedy rallied his troop and watched as they fought back to even and surpass Marquette to claim the victory.
The Bearcats saw four players score in double figures. Eric Hicks led the way with 22 points and was followed by the improving Armein Kirkland with 14, future NBA player James White tallied 12 and senior Jihad Muhammad with 10.
But while offensive numbers never lie, the stats for blocks (18) and rebounds (42) played key roles in this team victory.
For Kennedy this is just another victory with Bearcat fans asking what he needs to do for the university to sign him long term. For the team they proved they can win on the road in one of the hardest arenas in the conference in front of 15,104 screaming fans.
The Bearcats will leave Milwaukee after the game and head to UConn for their big match-up on Monday night. This will be the Bearcats first appearance on ESPN's Big Monday with the tip set for 7 p.m.
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