Sometimes its the players you’ve counted on the longest who shine the most. That’s what we saw this week as Troy Caupain and Gary Clark did everything they could to push Cincinnati to a road win against Butler. Unfortunately those efforts yielded a loss, but the Bearcats bounced back with an easy win over Texas Southern. What effect will Caupain and Clark’s performances against the Bulldogs do for their standing? Just read on through to find out.
13. Jackson Bart (LW 13)
Bart only played a minute against Texas Southern and committed a foul in that brief time.
12. John Koz (LW 12)
Koz also got a minute of action against the Tigers and although he didn’t do much, missing a three-pointer, he did not negatively impact the game since UC could afford a miss or two by the time he entered.
11. Zach Tobler (LW 11)
#ToblerTime was in full effect against TSU, as Tobler grabbed two rebounds in a minute of work.
10. Nysier Brooks (LW 7)
Brooks barely saw the court against Butler, recording a trillion with one minute played and zero stats. He was more involved against TSU, recording six points and two rebounds. It was just the third time this season he has hit the double-digit mark in minutes played.
9. Quadri Moore (LW 10)
It was a stunning turn of events but Moore started over Kyle Washington against TSU. It was the first career start for the 6’8” forward from Linden, New Jersey, but its extremely unlikely Mick Cronin has decided to permanently adjust the starting rotation. Moore did play a total of 23 minutes in the last two games, coming in for 12 against Butler where he grabbed three rebounds but missed all three of his shots from the floor. He had four points and a rebound against TSU.
8. Kevin Johnson (LW 6)
Johnson may have put together 14 points over the last two games but his three-point shooting is becoming frighteningly bad. He has not made a triple in the last three games (attempting nine along the way). Considering he has hoisted up 39 shots from that distance (tied for second on the team) he needs to starting shooting at a better than .154 rate or consider alternative means of scoring.
7. Tre Scott (LW 8)
A slight bump up for Scott, who has played for at least 10 minutes in each of the last five games. His efforts were largely negligible in the loss to Butler, as he secured three rebounds and missed his only shot attempt in 11 minutes. However, he had a strong game against TSU, posting 11 points, seven rebounds and even slipping three dimes into the mix. Scott continues to be a developing player but what his production has hinted at is enticing to say the least.
6. Justin Jenifer (LW 5)
Jenifer’s playmaking ability is what made him an attractive recruit and he has shown flashes of being an excellent distributor. Against TSU, it was more of a roaring fire than a flash as he handed out nine helpers to go with eight points and a pair of rebounds. Jenifer is second on the team in assists per game (2.3), but actually leads the way in assists per 100 possessions (8.1) and assist percentage (21.3). That’s even after he had just one dime in the loss to Butler.
5. Jarron Cumberland (LW 9)
Cumberland breaks into the top five after a big scoring night against Texas Southern. On his way to a career-high 18 points, the highly touted freshman also set personal bests in minutes (24), field goal attempts (nine) and three-pointers (four), while tying a previous mark with six rebounds. He also did some damage against Butler scoring four points and adding a rebound, assist and steal in nine minutes. The spark off the bench may finally be glowing for the Bearcats.
4. Kyle Washington (LW 1)
Washington lost his power ranking throne and his starting gig this week. After struggling with foul trouble against Butler, the 6’9” forward was on the bench at the beginning of the TSU game. He still did plenty of work against the Tigers, coming in early in the first half and recording eight points and nine rebounds across a season-low 18 minutes. Against Butler, he only got 19 minutes of play time before fouling out. Not a single rebound came his way in that time. Expect him to bounce back this weekend and return to form and the starting lineup.
3. Jacob Evans (LW 4)
Even though Evans has been regressing the last couple weeks, he is still easily a top three player on this roster. He contributed 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting against Butler and also got five rebounds. Then, in a more limited role during the TSU rout, he had 10 points and three boards, shooting 57.1 percent from the floor in the contest. He has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and as time goes on, Evans should fall back into the 15+ points pace rather than the 10 or so he has been scrambling for the last four games.
2. Troy Caupain (LW 3)
You may have thought Caupain would be the No. 1 player this week after he scored a season-high 22 points against Butler. The argument can certainly be made that he deserves it. Caupain simply refused to quit against the Bulldogs and did an efficient job overall of getting to that point total, making 9-of-15 shots from the floor. However, he missed 5-of-7 from 3-point range and went 2-of-5 at the charity stripe. Against TSU he was not a volume scorer, but had eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes of work. That’s a solid day at the office for a starter in a blowout.
1. Gary Clark (LW 2)
Clark worked as hard as Caupain to keep UC afloat against Butler while Washington dealt with foul problems. The defending American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year posted his second double-double of the season, tallying 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. He was more assertive offensively, taking a season-high 13 shots and making seven of them. He then reached double figures again when TSU came to town, finishing with 13 points not to mention six assists and three rebounds in just 21 minutes. Its already been said but Clark is officially back after his slow start.