We are coming dangerously close to American Athletic Conference play. The Cincinnati Bearcats have only two games left before that part of the schedule begins. The first of those last two non-league tilts is tonight at BB&T Arena against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions.
- Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET
- Television: ESPN3
- Announcing crew: Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Mark Adams (analyst)
- Radio: 700 WLW
- Announcing crew: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Terry Nelson (analyst)
- Series history: It’s only been two years since these teams last met. Cincinnati bowled its way to a 99-50 win in that one, which was played at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats have won all three all-time meetings.
Cincinnati (9-2) recently rose to No. 20 in the AP poll following sound victories over Mississippi State and UCLA last week. Jacob Evans was named the AAC Player of the Week for his efforts during the mini-win streak and is coming off his best game of the season, as he scored 24 points against UCLA. Kyle Washington had a solid scoring game as well, netting 19 points, but he only secured four rebounds. That marked the fifth-straight game he has had five or fewer boards. Expect more productivity on the glass in this one. The Golden Lions rank 335th in the country in rebounds. That is one of many reasons to expect a UC win.
Not only does Arkansas-Pine Bluff not secure rebounds, it also doesn’t earn many wins. With an 0-12 record, the Golden Lions are on pace for another miserable year, which is the norm for a program that has 15 wins over the previous two seasons combined. Martaveous McKnight and Charles Jackson are both wings that will shoot the ball a ton, but neither is efficient enough for the Bearcats to be too concerned.