No. 7/8 Marquette Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-3 BIG EAST) at Cincinnati Bearcats (20-9, 10-6 BIG EAST)
Fifth Third Arena–Cincinnati, Ohio
6:00 PM CST Wednesday
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3
Broadcast Team: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Bob Knight (analyst)
After a come from behind victory and a brief post-game dance at West Virginia last Friday, the Country Roads loving Buzz Williams and his seventh ranked Golden Eagles head to Fifth Third Arena as they take on the Cincinnati Bearcats for the second time this season.
In their previous meeting with Cincinnati, Marquette found themselves in a hole early as the Bearcats grabbed a 16-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game; however, after the shaky start, the Golden Eagles went on what was essentially a 91-62 point tear, defeating the Bearcats 95-76.
Marquette scored 25 points off 14 Cincinnati turnovers and shot 52 percent from the field and outscored the Bearcats in fast break points 31-10. Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder led the Golden Eagles offensively, both finishing the game with 23 points.
Since their previous meeting with the Golden Eagles, the Bearcats are 3-1. Cincinnati put together a 3 game winning streak at home after losing to Marquette, defeating Providence, Seton Hall, and 17th ranked Louisville squad.
The Bearcats are coming off a 46-45 loss to USF. Cincinnati shot 34% from the field and went 3-15 from beyond the arc. Guard Sean Kilpatrick was the only Cincinnati player that scored in double digits, finishing the game with 13 points. Surprisingly, the Bearcats only turned the ball over 7 times.??
However, the Bearcats have played solid team-basketball all season. They have a 5-3 record against top 25 teams this year and their average of 60.8 points against per game this season is the fourth best in the Big East this season. With their tournament chances on the line, look for Cincinnati to tighten up the defense against the Golden Eagles and increase their intensity.?
Joe's Matchup to Watch
Jamil Wilson vs. Yancy Gates
Jamil Wilson played well against the Bearcats earlier in the month finishing the game with 15 points; however, Wilson only had 4 rebounds that game, 3 of which came off the offensive glass. Wilson's counterpart, Cincinnati's forward Yancy Gates had 11 points and 12 rebounds against the Golden Eagles at the Bradley Center as the Bearcats outrebounded Marquette 39-28. Look for Wilson to concentrate more on the defensive glass Wednesday night; but don't be surprised if an amped up Gates puts on a rebounding clinic. With Wednesday night being Gates' senior night, the 6'9 forward will be amped up and the Bearcats need him to be a force on the glass to keep their tournament chances alive. ??After all, Buzz Williams isn't the only one who enjoys dancing, especially in March.
Cincinnati Bearcats Projected Starters
G–#1–Cashmere Wright (6'0" 175 lbs., Junior) --- (11.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 40% 3PT)
G–#3–Dion Dixon (6'3" 195 lbs., Senior) --- (13.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 28% 3PT)
G–#23–Sean Kilpatrick (6'4" 215 lbs., Sophomore) --- (14.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 38% 3PT)
G–#44–Jaquon Parker (6'3" 210 lbs., Junior) --- (8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 42% 3PT)
F–#34–Yancy Gates (6'9" 260 lbs., Senior) --- (11.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 47% FG, 57% FT)
F–#5–Justin Jackson (6'8" 210 lbs., Sophomore) --- (5.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.3 bpg, 51% FG)
G–#14–Ge'Lawn Guyn (6'1" 175 lbs., Freshman) --- (2.9 ppg, 42% FG)
G–#0–Jeremiah Davis III (6'3" 200 lbs., Freshman) --- (2.8 ppg, 1.0 apg, 39% 3PT)
C–#13–Cheikh Mbodji (6'10" 245 lbs., Junior) --- (2.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 37% FG)
An NCAA Tournament berth is not assured for Cincinnati, but there are other important goals to…