The Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball team took care of business this evening. They pushed around a profoundly overpowered Tulane Green Wave team down in New Orleans, beating them by a final score of 78-49.
The game was over by the time that most of Tulane’s students finished the complimentary chicken tenders they got from Raising Cane’s for bothering to attend this nationally televised contest.
With the win, Cincinnati improved their overall record to 26-4 and 15-2 in the AAC, clinching them at least a share of the conference’s regular season crown. The Bearcats’ noon Sunday matchup on CBS at Wichita State will determine whether or not they win the title outright or share it with the Shockers.
Tulane fell to 5-12 in the AAC and 14-15 overall with the loss.
Concern reigns in Cincinnati over the status of standout junior guard Jacob Evans’ ankle. With 8:03 remaining in the first half, Evans, who had already pumped in 11 points, fell while driving in the line. He was helped from the floor by the team’s training staff and hobbled back to the locker room. Evans returned to the bench but did not to return to game action.
At the time of Evans’ injury the Bearcats held a 23-13 lead. By the half, Cincinnati had extended their advantage to 39-20 against a clearly over-matched Tulane Green Wave team.
Eleven different Bearcats played at least 10 minutes. Kyle Washington led the way with 16 points while Cane Broome added 13.
Check back with Down the Drive for a full preview of Cincinnati’s regular season finale against Wichita State.