Instant Analysis: Friars Upset Bearcats.

Instant Analysis: Friars Upset Bearcats.

We provide some thoughts and observations on UC's 54-50 loss at Providence.

-Where to start with this game. It wasn't a pretty performance, that's for sure. They played incredibly poorly for the first 33 minutes of the game, falling behind by 13 points with a little under six minutes to go. They were out of rhythm on offense, they weren't hitting shots and they played uncharacteristically poor defense. Then, in one six-minute span, all that changed. The Bearcats locked down on defense, their shots started falling and things looked like they were coming together for an incredible comeback victory. Unfortunately for Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick lost focus at a crucial time, fumbling the ball away for a back-court violation after Providence forward Kadeem Batts missed two free throws with 13 seconds left, giving Providence the ball back and wrapping up the upset victory for the Friars.

-Speaking of Kilpatrick, he did not have a good game. He hit only 1-8 from three, and 5-14 overall for 13 points, his lowest total in the past 5 games. He only attempted three free throws while committing three turnovers. This team goes as Kilpatrick goes, and tonight, he wasn't going anywhere.

-While Kilpatrick struggled, Jaquon Parker had himself a solid game, finishing with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, not bad numbers for a 6-3 guard. When Kilpatrick struggles like he did tonight, other members of this team need to step up in his place. Tonight, Parker did that, unfortunately, it was not enough as the rest of this Bearcat team struggled to put the ball in the basket.

-Cashmere Wright has to do a better job of running this team from the point guard position. Tonight, he finished with six points and only two assists to go along with his two turnovers. You have to get more from this position, especially given that Wright is one of Cincinnati's primary scoring options, if not THE primary option.

-Neither team shot the ball well from three, both finishing at under 25 percent from long distance.

-While the overall performance was disappointing, Cincinnati can hang their hat on the way they performed in coming back from 13 points down with under seven minutes left to being within two points with 20 seconds to go. It would have been nice to finish off the comeback, but this Cincinnati team showed that there's no quit in them. That's an extension of their head coach, Mick Cronin.

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