Instant Analysis: Bearcats Top Wright State.

Instant Analysis: Bearcats Top Wright State.

We take a look at some notes from UC's 68-58 victory over Wright State.

-Jaquon Parker stepped up in a big way today. With Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright struggling, Parker picked up the slack, finishing with 21 points on 8-15 shooting.

-THIS is the Titus Rubles that UC fans have been wanting to see. The 6-7 swingman took some questionable shots against Xavier, settling for far too many deep jump shots as opposed to attacking the basket and using his superior athleticism. Against Wright State, Rubles turned into the slashing forward he has the potential to be, finshign with 11 points and nine rebounds, nearly his first double-double.

-Cincinnati has to stop relying on the three for the majority of their offense. While normally a good three-point shooting team, they've struggled from deep the past few games, and today was no exception as they finished 5-18 from behind the arc.

-UC's defense continues to impress. Against the Raiders, Cincinnati forced 11 turnovers and blocked 10 shots, including four from David Nyarsuk. While the offense may struggle at times, the defensive pressure is never lacking, a nod to the coaching style of Mick Cronin.

-Free throw shooting was a concern for the Bearcats today. They finished 11-21 from the charity stripe, good for a hair over 50%. While not a major concern against non-conference mid major teams, you have to take advantage of the free points once Big East play hits. 11-21 free throw shooting will doom a team against the likes of Syracuse, UConn and Louisville.

-Cashmere Wright had an off night against Wright State. While JaQuon Parker was able to pick up the slack, Wright is one of the clear leaders of this team and he struggled to get going on offense, finishing 1-8 from the field and missing his only three point attempt.

-While finishing with only 12 points, I was really impressed with the play of Sean Kilpatrick. Normally one to take a multitude of questionable shots, Kilpatrick shot an efficient 5-9 from the field, including 2-6 from three. The junior from Yonkers is the clear leader on this team, and has felt the burden of the offense fall on his shoulders. While that has led to him taking a majority of the shots in past games, it was nice to see him distribute the ball and let the game come to him against Wright State.

-UC once again won the rebound battle, gaining a 46-35 advantage on the boards. These are the numbers that stick out to me when the offense is struggling. Some teams let a poor offensive showing affect the rest of their game. With the Bearcats, they continue to get after it on the glass and on defense regardless of their offensive play. That's a great sign going forward.

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