Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats look to remain undefeated against Florida Gulf Coast

Cincinnati Bearcats host Illinois-Chicago Flames at Fifth Third Arena in 2023.
Cincinnati Bearcats host Illinois-Chicago Flames at Fifth Third Arena in 2023. /

As non-conference play continues on, the Cincinnati Bearcats are looking to remain undefeated against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Sunday afternoon!

Coming off an overtime win over the Howard Bison, Cincinnati returns to the court with an opportunity to improve to 7-0 to open the first Big 12 season.

Florida Gulf Coast competed in road trips to Indiana and Pittsburgh but came up short in both, and most recently took down Florida International this week.

The Bearcats must make sure to contain Florida Gulf Coast point guard Isaiah Thompson, who enters the day averaging a team-high 14.0 points per game.

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats look to stay unbeaten against Florida Gulf Coast

  • Date: Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 PM
  • Location: Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati
  • Series History: First ever meeting
  • TV Broadcast: ESPN+ and fuboTV

Make sure to preview the upcoming matchup against Florida Gulf Coast with the most recent odds, players to watch and more prior to tip off this weekend!

Players to watch include Cincinnati backcourt Jizzle James and DaVeon Thomas, plus frontcourt trio Aziz Bandaogo, Viktor Lakhin and Daniel Skillings Jr.

The Bearcats opened as 15.5-point favorites against Florida Gulf Coast and the over/under is projected at 140.5 total points according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Cincinnati Basketball: Preview for the Bearcats battle with Florida Gulf Coast

Bandaogo has made an instant impact since being cleared to play last month, putting up 12 points and five rebounds to help the Bearcats outlast Howard.

Even though it’s early in the season, Cincinnati was able to display their ability to play at a high level on both ends of the floor against a quality opponent.

Skillings posted 16 points, six rebounds and two steals in the recent win over Howard and should contribute on a consistent basis going forward.

There is still plenty of room for improvement moving forward but it seems like the program is continuing to make progress with Big 12 play around the corner!

Next. Cincinnati Basketball: Aziz Bandaogo displays impressive potential in Bearcats debut. dark