There have already been plenty of NCAA Tournament games to consume, but none of them matter. That is until today at 2 p.m. when the Cincinnati Bearcats take on the Georgia State Panthers in Nashville.
- Tipoff: 2 p.m. ET
- Television: TBS
- Stream: March Madness Live (available online and via the March Madness Live app)
- Announcing crew: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter)
- Radio: 700 WLW
- Announcing crew: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Terry Nelson (analyst)
- Series history: What a time and place for the first meeting between these programs.
The American Athletic Conference champion Bearcats are the No. 2 seed in the South Region, which features some other powerhouses like No. 1 Virginia, four-seed Tennessee and four-seed Arizona. But it is imperative that they don’t overlook the Panthers since 15-seed Georgia State is the first opponent they’re facing. Remember, the last time the Panthers were in the tournament, this happened.
But let’s not dwell on that right now. After all, the Bearcats are coming off an exhilarating run to the AAC title and enter play at 30-4 overall, which is just one win shy of the all-time single season record.
Last year’s team won 30 games as well, including a drubbing of 11-seed Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But they lost in the next round against Lonzo Ball and three-seed UCLA. Under Mick Cronin, the Bearcats are 5-7 in the NCAA Tournament, with the best run coming in 2012 when they topped Texas and Florida State to get to the Sweet 16. This year’s team is expected to get at least that far and its built to do so. Now they finally get a chance to prove it.
Now for the projected starters for each team.
- Justin Jenifer (G) - 123.4 offensive rating/95.5 defensive rating
- Jarron Cumberland (G) - 109.5/90.3
- Jacob Evans (G/F) - 117.2/87.5
- Kyle Washington (F) - 112.9/87.2
- Gary Clark (F) - 134.6/80.6
- D’Marcus Simonds (G) - 105.0/96.9
- Devin Mitchell (G) - 115.7/104.0
- Malik Benlevi (F) - 125.8/96.8
- Jordan Session (F) - 110.0/94.0
- Jeff Thomas (F) - 120.4/100.2