Cincinnati Bearcats: NCAA Tournament Profile

jacksoncfCincinnati Bearcats (27-6, 15-3 American)-The defensive-minded Bearcats have taken on the feisty personality of their head coach, Mick Cronin. Cincinnati wins because of its attention to detail, defensive aggressiveness and ‘mean’ demeanor.

Forward Justin Jackson and his ‘mean face’ have become a rallying cry for the team and its fans. Jackson (11.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.9 bpg) was named the AAC’s Defensive Player of the Year, and he may be one of the best defensive players in the country.

Senior forward Sean Kilpatrick nearly won the conference’s Player of the Year award, but was beaten out by UConn’s Shabazz Napier. Kilpatrick (20.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg) is the team’s clear-cut go-to guy. He’s got the ability to take over in games, and could be the difference in Cincinnati’s NCAA Tournament run.

The Bearcats don’t shoot the ball very well, ranking 256th nationally in field goal percentage.


6th Points Allowed per Game (58.3)

21st Steals per Game (7.9)

10th Points Allowed per Possession  (0.90)

256th Field Goal Percentage (42.7%)

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