Cincinnati, at 22-10 (12-6), is dancing for the sixth straight year and is looking to get out of the first weekend as a No. 9 seed this time around. It all starts, for the Bearcats, with a matchup against Saint Joseph's. The Hawks, the No. 8 seed, are coming off an very impressive season with a 27-7 overall record and a 13-5 record in the rough Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Hawks are led by Isaiah Miles and DeAndre Bembry, who average 18.4 ppg and 17.3 ppg, respectively. Both present interesting challenges for a Cincinnati defense that ranks 8th nationally, according to KenPom.
Saint Joe's recently wrapped up their conference tournament season with an A10 Conference Championship, following a fourth-place finish during the regular season. The Hawks beat VCU, 87-74, in the title game.
The game tips off at approximately 9:57 PM ET on TruTV and is on the radio at 700 WLW.
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