Bearcats fans had been waiting for last night all season long. It’s been evident since at least early December that there was something special about this team. Even though they didn’t win the AAC regular season or tournament championship, there were enough peeks into what they were capable of along the way that it just felt like this team could do damage in March.
Last night’s 75-61 win over Kansas State validated those feelings. It wasn’t just that the Bearcats beat them, it’s how they beat them. Cincinnati didn’t need a desperate, one-on-one fadeaway from Jacob Evans as the clock expired to pull this game out. They went to work from the opening tip, and simply never let up. When Kansas State cut the lead to six early in the second half, they responded with a 10-2 run that buried them for good.
Let’s take a little time to savor this one and see how Twitter reacted as the game unfolded.
This is when UC starts their journey to the final four #Bearcats— Trey Helmlinger (@5_hemi) March 17, 2017
Eight minutes from tip and I'm already so nervous. If this is a close game, I may die tonight. #Bearcats— Ashley Davis (@AshleyDavis32) March 17, 2017
3 of the prettiest consecutive possessions of the season for the #Bearcats before that TO.— Mike (@MikeThomas_1970) March 17, 2017
Last 2 UC hoops were dunks by Clark and Washington, off of great passes. #Bearcats have 3 assists in 4-plus minutes.— Tom Groeschen (@TomGroeschen) March 17, 2017
#bearcats still haven't missed a shot. They're 7-for-7 from the field, 2-for-2 from long range and lead 17-11, 11:43 1st half.— Bill Koch (@bkoch) March 17, 2017
7-for-7 from the floor to start for the #Bearcats That's not bad.— Charlie Balcom (@CharlieBalcom) March 18, 2017
26-14 #Bearcats— Bearcats Blog (@BearcatsBlog) March 18, 2017
9-3 segment with Troy going to the line.
About as great a start as one could wish
#bearcats Washington just picked up his 2nd foul and goes to the bench with 7:23 left in 1st half.— Bill Koch (@bkoch) March 18, 2017
Don't let them linger, put the boot down and finish them off early! #Bearcats— Break_Man (@Break_Man) March 18, 2017
#bearcats saw their 13-point lead cut to seven but now lead again by 12, 33-21, 3:30 left 1st half.— Bill Koch (@bkoch) March 18, 2017
Troy Caupain is playing some of his best basketball of the year right now, wow. #Bearcats— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) March 18, 2017
Overall solid half esp with Kyle sitting the last 7 minutes. Troy had 14, 63% shooting will work every time #Bearcats— Adam Blecher (@BearcatfanAdam) March 18, 2017
Washington with the #Bearcats first four points of the half.— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) March 18, 2017
I have no idea how Kyle makes that shot. But....it goes in so it doesn't matter! #Bearcats— Alex Meacham (@Alex_Meacham) March 18, 2017
I get excited when the #Bearcats make free throws. It's not something I'm used to.— Randy Ready® (@Dearth17) March 18, 2017
#bearcats K-State has run off five straight points after a missed Gary Clark dunk and now trails by only six with 14:10 left.— Bill Koch (@bkoch) March 18, 2017
The #Bearcats have always done poorly against the zone defense. Infuriating.— Phil (@Phildoc2) March 18, 2017
It's 51-43 Cincinnati at the under 16 stop. Big floater from Cumberland to slow the run. #Bearcats— Chad Brendel (@ChadBrendel) March 18, 2017
This isn't your Cincinnati team of years past. #Bearcats offense is humming, shooting 62.8% so far, up 57-45 on Kansas State.— Bill Potter (@billpotter_) March 18, 2017
Get the sense that Kansas state is running out of gas. Put em away Uc #bearcats— Timothy Hinds (@Timhinds4) March 18, 2017
Jacob Evans is ridiculous. These blocks have me on the floor #Bearcats— Deacon Blues (@AMajorDude) March 18, 2017
59-47 Cincinnati lead at the under 8 stop. Washington to the line for 2 when we return. #Bearcats— Chad Brendel (@ChadBrendel) March 18, 2017
Kyle Washington staying out of foul trouble has been key in this game. When he plays, Cincinnati is really good. #Bearcats— Greg Kuffner (@CallMeGreg4) March 18, 2017
#bearcats now up 67-50, 5:03 left. Get ready for UCLA (or Kent State).— Bill Koch (@bkoch) March 18, 2017
I'd like to thank the #Bearcats for keeping my heart rate at a normal level tonight.— Ashley Davis (@AshleyDavis32) March 18, 2017
This team tonight. More of this team tonight, PLEASE!!! #Bearcats— Brian Henle (@Bri_Hen) March 18, 2017