A lot has happened in the last three weeks but we are back to put the Cincinnati Bearcats’ roster in perspective. I’ll spare any big buildup this week, but suffice to say the 14-game winning streak owning and No. 11 ranked Bearcats have a fair share of contenders for the top spot.
13. Jackson Bart (LW 12)
Across five combined minutes in blowouts against Tulane and USF, Bart went 0-for-2 from three-point range.
12. John Koz (LW 13)
Koz didn’t score any points in the same amount of playing time as Bart but he did record a rebound and an assist.
11. Zack Tobler (LW 11)
There was no #ToblerTime against Tulane, but the senior did get in for six minutes against USF where he scored a point and grabbed a rebound.
10. Nysier Brooks (LW 7)
Brooks is here by no fault of his own, as the injury bug got to him. With a hyper extended knee, Brooks has been sidelined for the last two games and will likely miss more time.
9. Tre Scott (LW 8)
Even with Brooks sitting out, Scott has not been able to push himself up very much. He averaged only 9.4 minutes per game over the last five contests and made only 46.7 percent of his field goal attempts in that time. He’s also rebounded at an OK level (2.6 RPG), although he did show out against USF with nine points, seven rebounds and five steals.
8. Justin Jenifer (LW 7)
Simply put, Jenifer’s best game in the last five was better than Scott’s. Against Tulane, Jenifer nearly notched a double-double, scoring 14 points to go with nine assists. He has been playing a bit more than Scott as well (11.8 MPG) and he has not hurt his field goal percentage much, hitting 50 percent of the limited tries he has put up.
7. Quadri Moore (LW 10)
After playing more than 10 minutes just four times in his first 12 games, Moore has been in for at least 10 in three of the last four contests, including a season-high 20 against Tulane when he scored 14 points to go with six rebounds.
6. Kevin Johnson (LW 4)
The cold shooting Johnson experienced in the beginning of the season has apparently returned. In the last five games he has made just 30.6 percent of his shots from the floor, including 29.2 percent from three-point range. As a starter who plays considerable minutes, he still deserves a spot higher up, but regression as a shooter is not something that will fly as UC clashes with UCF and SMU this week.
5. Jacob Evans (LW 5)
If this were just power rankings based on the Crosstown Shootout, Evans would be much higher. The sophomore had 21 points in the win over Xavier, including several critical shots down the stretch. However, he is averaging a mediocre 11.2 points per game during the last five contests. He was even held scoreless against UConn in 30 minutes of play, although he contributed five rebounds and four assists in the victory.
4. Jarron Cumberland (LW 6)
Cumberland also benefited from a heroic performance against Xavier when he scored 13 of his 15 points in the final 20 minutes to become a Crosstown Shootout legend. He has clearly earned Mick Cronin’s trust and is the most utilized bench player on the roster. In the last five games he has averaged nearly 20 minutes and is shooting 61.8 percent from the floor, including a 47.8 percent success rate from long range. He added to those numbers with a career-high 26-point effort against USF.
3. Troy Caupain (LW 1)
A game-winner against Tulsa showed that Caupain is and always will be the alpha dog among a group of Bearcats. In the last five games he has averaged 10.8 points, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals a contest, including a critical 16-point, five-dime showing against Xavier, which helped him (and KJ) win their first Crosstown Shootout.
2. Kyle Washington (LW 2)
Washington was put on the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll on Monday and for good reason as he scored 27 points to go with eight rebounds in Saturday’s win over UConn. Washington is averaging 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during the last five tilts, all while knocking down 58.1 percent of his field goal tries.
1. Gary Clark (LW 3)
Like Washington, Clark was an AAC weekly honor roll recipient this week. He was also dominant against the Huskies, posting a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds to go with two blocks. His work on the glass has been critical all season, but especially of late, as he has nearly pulled down 10 a game during the last five outings. He is also scoring 10.8 points per game and finding a way to hand out 2.6 assists as well during that span. Gary Clark continues to be a problem, just not for UC.