Cincinnati Bearcat Links Jump Off | January 3rd

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Basketball

Kilpatrick Named BIG EAST Player of the Week // gobearcats.com

Sean Kilpatrick scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and made a game-high five three-pointers in helping UC pull off the upset at Pitt on Sunday. In the second stanza Kilpatrick made 5-of-11 field-goal attempts, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. He also contributed six rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Panthers. The win was UC’s first BIG EAST road win at Pitt and the first in Pittsburgh since 1979.

A well deserved honor for Kila who has been great as always

Surging Cincinnati faces dilemma with Yancy Gates returning // The Dagger

The best option for Cincinnati might be to stick with the four-guard alignment and have Gates replace Jackson in the lineup. The hope would be that the Bearcats can still force turnovers and score in transition yet also benefit from Gates' defensive rebounding and interior scoring prowess.

That would be the move I make, Yancy is capable of running the floor in spurts, plus the dirty little secret of his game is that he isn't good in the post. He will play down there, but he prefers to face up rather than post.

Football

Butch Ball Y'all // Wayne Miller

So with one respectable bowl win over an SEC school, progress has been made in the football vision of Butch Jones. What happens next will certainly add to his desire to make Bearcat football a top tiered program and worthy of major bowl invitations. And the way you supported him with your attendance at the Liberty bowl is the icing on the cake in more ways than one.

Isaiah Pead Ends Career at Cincinnati as He Began, By Lighting the World on Fire // Bearcats Nation

Saturday when Pead stepped onto the field for a final time he did so the same way he did two years ago against West Virginia. He embraced playing in a big game by rushing for 149 yards and a touchdown. He continuously ground out 8-9-10 yard gains methodically pushing the Bearcats up the field. The touchdown run was vintage Pead; running lanes blocked ahead of him so he simply cut in a different direction and ran the ball in making it look easy, of course. The score sealed Cincinnati’s victory and the team’s fourth 10-win season in five years. Nearly all of these wins could not have been accomplished without the work of their star running back.

The first of what will be several attempts to put the feats of Isaiah Pead into perspective.

Other Bearcat News

Bearcats Continue BIG EAST Play, Host USF // gobearcats.com

Cincinnati has the 14-7 series advantage against USF and currently owns a two-game winning streak against the Bulls. Last season, it defeated the Bulls by one point, 57-56, in Tampa. Graduated senior Shareese Ulis scored 21 points and Bjonee Reaves hit the tying and game-winning free throws with six seconds left to give the Bearcats the victory.

The Women's Basketball team will try to crack the win column for the first time in Big East play at home.

Nationally Recognized

Kenny Ortiz of Wagner hits a crazy buzzer-beater // Ballin Is A Habit
This is worth it for the reaction of the announcers alone

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