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Cincinnati Bearcats Trounce Wright State 78-58

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This was the first game since the Brawl and the Bearcats came out with the intention of putting all the talk of off court distractions to bed. The intention is a good one, though it is not going to really work. What did work tonight was a four guard starting lineup that spaced the floor and provided ample room for drive and dish opportunities. The Bearcats capitalized with one of the best offensive showings in recent memory, certainly the best of the season. Make no mistake, Wright State is not a good team, and UC was always the heavy favorite to walk away with the victory in hand. But the way that UC dispatched the Raiders was refreshing. But the offense wasn't just pleasing to the eye, this was just the best game of the year by almost any measure. The Bearcats shot 54.9 per cent from the floor, 43.8 from 3, and the assist to turnover ratio was 1.25, second highest of the year. The four guard look is something that Cronin has tried briefly, at times this year. And it is really something that he should consider going to more often after the conclusion of the suspensions. It spaces the floor with shooting threats and gives more room to everyone to operate. The defense is going to be slightly worse off, but all of the guards rebound the ball well, against the Raiders UC was +10 on the boards and +1 in the turnover margin. The memories of Saturday are going to be around for a while, but this win was a nice little reminder that this team can still win games.

Three Lines

Sean Kilpatrick; 20 points (7 of 15, 6 of 12) 4 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 TO

Cashmere Wright; 12 points (5 of 10, 3 of 7, 0 of 2) 4 boards, 8 assists, 3 TO

Jermaine Sanders; 9 points (3 of 3, 3 of 3) 4 boards, 1 assist, 1 steal