Cincinnati Basketball: NIT quarterfinals preview, players to watch as the Bearcats face Utah Valley

Cincinnati Bearcats guard David DeJulius controls the ball against the UCF Knights at Fifth Third Arena. USA Today.
Cincinnati Bearcats guard David DeJulius controls the ball against the UCF Knights at Fifth Third Arena. USA Today. /
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Check out our game preview including key players to watch and more as the Cincinnati Bearcats get ready to face the Utah Valley Wolverines in the NIT quarterfinals on Wednesday night!

Utah Valley is coming off an 81-69 win at Colorado in the NIT second round on Sunday as senior guard Trey Woodbury finished with a game-high 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Players to keep an eye on in the upcoming matchup include Cincinnati senior duo David DeJulius and Landers Nolley II, plus Utah Valley guard Le’Tre Darthard and center Aziz Bandaogo.

Make sure to stay tuned for more coverage as the Bearcats look to keep the season alive at Utah Valley. The winner will clinch a spot in the NIT semifinals against UAB or Vanderbilt next week.

Cincinnati Basketball: NIT quarterfinals preview, players to watch as the Bearcats face Utah Valley

  • Date: Wednesday, March 22 at 9:00 PM
  • Location: McKay Events Center in Utah
  • TV Broadcast: ESPN2 and fuboTV
  • Series History: Bearcats lead 1-0

Wes Miller’s team advanced to the NIT quarterfinals with an impressive 79-65 win at Hofstra on Saturday evening. Nolley notched a game-high 20 points and six rebounds in the road victory.

Viktor Lakhin and Ody Oguama were dominant against Hofstra’s undersized frontcourt last weekend, combining for 30 points and 19 rebounds on 76.5 percent shooting from the field.

The only previous meeting between the teams occurred on December 11, 2010 as Rashad Bishop and Cashmere Wright led Cincinnati to a 92-72 win against Utah Valley at Fifth Third Arena.

Bishop scored a game-high 17 points and two assists on 7/7 shooting from the field, while Wright totaled 15 points and four steals. Yancy Gates racked up 14 points and three rebounds in the win.

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