- Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET
- Television: ESPNU
- Announcing crew: Ted Emrich (play-by-play) and Malcolm Huckaby (analyst)
- Radio: 700 WLW
- Announcing crew: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Terry Nelson (analyst)
- Series history: Both of these teams once did the tango in the Big East, but are now both American Athletic Conference members. Even though they have been league mates for some time (including Conference-USA), there is not much shared in terms of success. UC has won 30 of 38 previous meetings, including a 94-53 rout at Fifth Third Arena on Jan. 29.
Coming off just their third loss of the season, the No. 18 Cincinnati Bearcats will take their talents to Tampa for an American Athletic Conference joust with the USF Bulls.
Troy Caupain missed all of his shots from the floor and a second-half surge from SMU downed UC in its big road showdown with the Mustangs on Sunday. The 60-51 setback dropped the Bearcats in record (22-3 overall, 11-1 AAC) and in the national rankings. They will now get back to the drawing board, and they couldn’t be facing an easier test to get another win streak started.
USF (7-17, 1-12) just won its first conference game of the season, topping East Carolina 64-57. The Bulls are ranked No. 287 according to KenPom, falling outside the top 250 teams in the country in adjusted offense (97.4) and adjusted defense (108.5). Geno Thorpe (14.2 PPG) is the player the Bearcats will have to slow down, although USF does feature two other double figure scorers in Troy Holston (10.6 PPG) and Tulio Da Silva (10.0 PPG).