With every game, the No. 6 Cincinnati Bearcats are earning more believers. Even as national pundits keep saying they haven’t beaten anybody good, the Bearcats just keep destroying opponents. The most recent victims were the SMU Mustangs, who were routed 76-51 by UC at Moody Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
Kyle Washington paced the way for UC (23-2, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) putting together the most efficient 18 minutes you could ask for. He tallied 17 points and eight rebounds, shooting 8-of-12 from the floor. Jarron Cumberland (12 points) and Gary Clark (11) each reached double figures as well.
As a team, the Bearcats shot 44.4 percent from the floor while assisting on 23 of their 28 field goals. They also forced twice as many turnovers (14) as they committed (7) while holding a 21-2 edge in bench scoring.
It was always going to be a tough ask for SMU (15-10, 5-7) to beat UC even at home since Shake Milton was held out for the third-straight game. Still, by shooting just 32.2 percent from the floor (4-of-24 from three-point range) and scoring only 28 points in the paint, the Mustangs did themselves no favors. The loss was their second to the Bearcats this season, with UC rolling to a 76-56 win at BB&T Arena earlier in the year.
The Bearcats have now won 16-straight games and improved to 7-1 on the road. They will need to draw up another winning strategy away from home this Thursday against Houston. Remember, the Cougars ran out to an 18-point lead before succumbing to defeat at BB&T Arena earlier this season. With how well they’ve been playing, its hard to imagine the Bearcats will fall behind like that again ... or even at all.