Over the last 14 days, the Cincinnati Bearcats have gone 3-1, risen to No. 11 in the national rankings, then fallen after suffering their first loss since December, then risen back to No. 15. Along the way, the pecking order for the rotation has shifted and some players are heating up as others cool down. Here’s where we stand with four games left in the regular season.
13. Jackson Bart (LW 13)
Bart didn’t play in the last four games so he stays put.
12. John Koz (LW 12)
Also a non-participant the last four games, Koz maintains the No. 12 spot.
11. Zack Tobler (LW 11)
A trillion against USF and a missed field goal in a minute of play against Tulsa is what Tobler contributed the last few weeks.
10. Quadri Moore (LW 7)
Moore managed only 11 total minutes across the last four games, following four-straight contests of at least nine minutes. His biggest game of this most recent stretch was a two-point performance in six minutes against UCF.
9. Tre Scott (LW 9)
No movement for Scott, who, like many of UC’s reserves, remained glued to the bench more often than not, averaging 6.8 minutes per game during the last four outings. In that time he managed a total of two points, but did average a steal per game.
8. Nysier Brooks (LW 10)
Although Brooks played fewer minutes than Scott (4.7), he had a decent-ish performance against Tulsa, scoring three points to go with a rebound and a block.
7. Jarron Cumberland (LW 4)
I’m not really sure what happened to the rookie phenom. Cumberland didn’t even play against Tulsa and averaged only 4.3 points per game on 41.7 percent shooting over the previous three. He still averaged a healthy 19 minutes per game when he did get in, but the drop in production is troubling.
6. Justin Jenifer (LW 8)
Has Jenifer made a huge impact during the last four games? Not really, but he has at least made appearances in all of them and averaged 14 minutes a contest. His game score of 3.3 isn’t particularly high but he did average 2.3 points and three assists per game, including an effort with five dimes and two steals against USF.
5. Troy Caupain (LW 3)
If the last four games were all we had to go on, Caupain would be much lower. After going just 2-of-12 from the field in a win over UCF, he absolutely disappeared against SMU, missing all seven shots from the floor en route to tying a season-low with two points. He has played better the last few games, including an 11-point, eight-assist showing in Saturday’s win against Tulsa.
4. Kevin Johnson (LW 6)
Johnson is performing his duties of shooting threes and playing defense extremely well of late. He has made 54.3 percent of his shots from the floor in the last four games, including 45.8 percent from long range. Averaging 12.8 points and nearly three triples per game in that time, he has had point totals of nine, 13, 14 and 15. Now that’s what I call consistency.
3. Jacob Evans (LW 5)
Evans has been really great almost silently, as he hasn’t blown up for 20 points or drained any buzzer beaters. He is averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 assists per game during the last four, shooting 42.3 percent from three-point range in that time. He has also collected two steals a contest and was one of the few players to find any success against SMU (15 points, five assists).
2. Gary Clark (LW 1)
Clark is the slow steady beat of the drum for UC, but that doesn’t always equal MVP standing. With 10.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game during the last four, he has been exceptional and has helped keep the ship even while Caupain struggles. He punched USF’s teeth in, with 13 points , 14 rebounds, two steals and four blocks and even managed 12 rebounds in the loss to SMU.
1. Kyle Washington (LW 2)
Washington switches spots with Clark thanks to his rim protection. Although he has only one double-double in the last four games, he has blocked two shots in each contest during that stretch and has added eight rebounds and 14 points per game in that time. His best game of the bunch was a 14-point, 11-rebound, four-steal, two-block outing against UCF.