Huge huge HUGE win for the Bearcats last night in the Jimmy V Classic. I shared my thoughts after the game but here are what others had to say.
Silver-lining time. Justin Jackson had a terrific game for Cincinnati — 12 points and nine rebounds, and that’s exactly what the Bearcats need. Sean Kilpatrick can’t win games alone, and if Jackson can remain a steady presence inside, that will pay big dividends down the stretch.
The Bearcats’ offense is still a work in progress, but if Tuesday night is any indication, their defense is still going to be enough to win them games against quality competition.
Titus Rubles won the game tonight on a putback with 4.4 seconds left to put ahead 44-43.Cincinnati and Pittsburgh played a horrible game of basketball tonight. It was one of the slowest paced games of the season. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh both shot terribly. Cincinnati was able to capitalize on their horrible shooting by dominating the offensive glass.
This team’s heart. Most, if not all, Bearcats fans were fearing the worst Tuesday night. National stage, coming off a terribly embarrassing loss to the crosstown rival, undefeated Pitt. In 72 hours, the staff and team managed to put all of that behind and focus on the task at hand. Truly impressive.
Not only did UC hold Pitt, which entered the game averaging 82.6 points, to its season low offensive output, the Bearcats limited the Panthers to 31.4 shooting and out-rebounded them, 35-27, with 16 offensive rebounds and 16 second-chance points to seven for Pitt.
Pittsburgh did not have a field goal for a 13:43 stretch in the second half, a drought that ended with a drive by Cameron Wright with 1:07 left that gave the Panthers a 43-42 lead. Patterson missed two free throws with 21 seconds left. Cincinnati worked the clock down and Kilpatrick missed a drive but Rubles got the rebound and scored.
Pittsburgh did not have a field goal for a 13:43 stretch in the second half, a drought that ended with a drive by Cameron Wright with 1:07 left that gave the Panthers a 43-42 lead. Patterson missed two free throws with 21 seconds left.
If you’re looking for a reason Pitt lost the game (other than the abysmal offense, of course), look no further than the rebounding totals. The Panthers weren’t only beaten on the boards, but throttled, 34-25. The offensive rebounding for Cincinnati was really what killed Pitt. The Bearcats won that battle 14-6 and Pitt looked horrendous at times under the rim allowing Cincinnati players to basically beat them to the ball.