Cincinnati Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Cincinnati Bearcats

American (28-6, 14-4)

Along with Houston, Cincinnati was clearly the class of the American Athletic Conference in the 2018-2019 campaign. The Bearcats play tough defense, block plenty of shots, are very strong on the glass and take care of the basketball. That is a recipe for success in the NCAA Tournament.
Big Wins: 11/24 vs Mississippi (71-57), 1/27 at Temple (72-68), 2/21 UCF (60-55)
Bad Losses: 11/7 Ohio State (56-64), 1/5 at East Carolina (71-73), 3/7 at UCF (55-58)
Coach: Mike Cronin
Why They Can Surprise:
Jarron Cumberland is the star of the team, averaging 18.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He will take all of the big shots and get all of the headlines, but the rest of the team deserves plenty of credit too. Tre Scott and Nysier Brooks have developed into a very good frontcourt duo who can do some scoring and lead the effort on the glass. Keith Williams is a big guard who is second on the team with 10.0 points per game and provides a very strong defensive presence. Justin Jenifer and Cane Broome, along with Cumberland, can handle the ball and that is a huge reason why Cincinnati is among the best teams in the nation in turnovers per game.
Why They Can Disappoint:
As long as Coach Mick Cronin’s team plays solid defense and takes care of the basketball, they will have an opportunity to beat just about anybody. But this group does run into problems in the three-point game. Cumberland and Jenifer are good shooters, but this is not a team that can spread out the floor and knock down long balls all day. They do not want to. But an opposing squad that can stop Cincinnati from attacking the basket could shut them down relatively easily. On the other side of the floor, the Bearcats’ strong defense disappears. The opposition often shoots better from long range than they do inside the arc and a hot shooting squad could send the Bearcats home earlier than expected.
Probable Starters:
Jarron Cumberland, Junior, Guard, 18.8 ppg, 3.6 apg, 4.6 rpg
Justin Jenifer, Senior, Guard, 8.2 ppg, 2.9 apg
Keith Williams, Sophomore, Guard, 10.0 ppg, 1.1 apg
Tre Scott, Sophomore, Forward, 9.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg
Nysier Brooks, Junior, Center, 8.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Key Role Players:
Cane Broome, Senior, Guard, 8.4 ppg, 2.2 apg
Trevor Moore, Sophomore, Guard, 2.3 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.6 (206th in nation, 9th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 62.0 (11, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.1 (252, 8)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.7 (33, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.6 (287, 11)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.5 (169, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.2 (161, 4)
Rebound Margin: 5.0 (35, 3)
Assists Per Game: 13.6 (159, 8)
Turnovers Per Game: 10.7 (21, 1)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAARound of 64 win over Georgia State
2018NCAARound of 32 loss to Nevada
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Kansas State
2017NCAARound of 32 loss to UCLA
2016NCAARound of 64 loss to Saint Joseph's
2015NCAARound of 64 win over Purdue
2015NCAARound of 32 loss to Kentucky
2014NCAARound of 64 loss to Harvard
2013NCAARound of 64 loss to Creighton
2012NCAARound of 64 win over Texas
2012NCAARound of 32 win over Florida State
2012NCAARegional semifinal loss to Ohio State
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Missouri
2011NCAARound of 32 loss to Connecticut
2010NITFirst Round win over Weber State
2010NITSecond Round loss to Dayton
2008CBIFirst Round loss to Bradley
2006NITFirst Round win over Charlotte
2006NITSecond Round win over Minnesota
2006NITQuarterfinal loss to South Carolina
2005NCAARound of 64 win over Iowa
2005NCAARound of 32 loss to Kentucky
*all team stats through 3/10