Cincinnati basketball tipped off last night. I didn't get the chance to catch the game live since it was on a Sunday night at 7 PM, so that means live blog recap. Everyone loves live blog recap. I do. It's easier. Like your mom. Photos via Cincinnati.com/AP.
Wright, Dixon, Kilpatrick, Jackson and Gates are your starters. UC wins the tip. Dixon drives and misses, but gets his rebound. I told him to try to dunk the right point on twitter. He misses a forced shot from the elbow. Out on ASU. Jackson on the block, spins, pump and good. Nice move. One of the ASU keys is "Stay away from hot apple pies." Dude, this isn't American Pie. Bad pass inside is poked and stolen by Dixon. Foul on the way up the court. UC gets lucky on a sloppy entry pass. Gates gets fouled as he tries to lay it in. Make make. Man to man D. Drive is too high. Kila board. Wright to Gates at the top of the key. Standing around. Dixon cuts off the baseline and Jackson hits him for a layup. Airball by AS. Give and go with Cash, kick to Dixon misses a 3. Another missed ASU 3. Wright drives, spins, lefty layup. Timeout ASU. 8-0 UC. UC putting on a press. Drive and drop, missed layup. Pass too deep for Gates is a break the other way for the first ASU basket. Gates gets no resistance on the block and easily scores. 4 for Gates. Another deep 3 is no good. Cash fouled on the rebound. Gates misses a turner from just inside the foul line. Other end ASU's guards stand around. No movement by anyone. No one in the paint. Another airballed 3. 15:28 left in the half. 10-2 UC.
UC ball. Same 5 out there. Cash nails a 3 from Gates on the right wing. Cash over 500 points. That's nice. Ball on the floor, but AS recovers deep. Another long miss. Screen from Jackson. JJ dumps inside to Gates for an easy score. Steal by Kila on the press. He lays in and is fouled. 3 point play. 18-2. Shot inside over Gates is good. Hey, taking shots within 15 feet works! Gelawn Guyn in the game. Bad pass to Dixon leads to a fast break layup. Timeout Cronin. Out goes Guyn. Cash kicks out off a pick to Kila, but the 3 is missed. AS the other way. 20 makes a nice move past Dixon but misses a step back. Jackson board, UC numbers, Dixon misses. AS misses quick. Cash to Gates wide open on the right baseline no good. AS slowing it down. Pass inside stolen by Gates. He takes it up the floor and turns it over. That was stupid. Gates wanted to cross someone over. Jackson a HUGE block off the glass. AS gets 3 offensive boards, but Washington charges. Under 12, 18-6 UC.
Jackson, Wright, Gaines, Davis, and Kilpatrick on the floor. Jackson a girls' 3 pointer for the deep 2. Some sort of foul on UC. First one on the Bearcats. Cash got the assist on the Jackson bucket. Gaines a rebound off a miss. Guyn is in. Davis to Kila, who drives baseline and is fouled. UC is in the bonus now. Kilpatrick shooting 2. He made them both. Guyn a foul. ASU is just bombing long shots. They make that one. Guyn to Davis to Guyn. Davis up top now. 3 by Guyn is no good. Unsure of what to do on that set it looked like. Here come Gates and Dixon. Jackson a steal. Kilapatrick a mid-range J from Davis. He's done more in 12 minutes than he did in the exhibition season. Jackson knocks a pass to Kila to Guyn for a layup. Timeout ASU. UC with fullcourt man to man. Shot in the paint good. Gates out of position. Paige has 6. Ellis is in the game. Pass to Gates is knocked away. Apparently there was talk of Ellis redshirting. 7:32 in the half, UC 26-10.
Gates was fouled before the break. He hits the first, misses the second. Hustle on defense forces a throw away. ASU sucks. 7th turnover. Guyn is tall. Dixon step back, tries an up and under and gets it blocked. Weak shot. Gates a rebound for UC. Jermaine Sanders takes a wild drive off a curl and is called for a charge. Bad pass stolen by Dixon, all the way for a layup. That was an awkward layup. Gates another board on a missed 3. Dixon running point with Cash in. Interesting. Kila misses a 3. Another turnover. Why did UC schedule this team? Good lord. Cash brings the ball up. Jackson a give and go with Gates, but walks on the go. Jackson a huge block. Cash tries a lob on the other end, but can't hit Gates. ASU broke the press, but a dude took a shitty shot on a 2 on 1. Another board for Gates. Cash drive and kick to Dixon, who misses a 3. His shot is off today. Jackson another block. Cash misses a long 3. 1-7 deep. That problem hasn't gone away. 3:37 in the half. 29-10 UC.
UC gets the ball down low to Gates. Spins off the post, but misses. The offense is horrible lately. Another ASU offensive board. Tough shot missed, Gates takes it. Cash a blow by for a layup. Runner in the lane is good. Cash with a bad pass, guy drives up the court and is fouled. ASU turns the ball over quickly. Cash misses a 3. Another 3 missed. Kila throws deep for Dixon, who is fouled trying to dunk. Make make. Wide open shot from the elbow is missed. Jackson hands to Dixon, who drives for a layup. UC should have gone 2 for 1. That's disappointing. Who cares they are up 20, you go 2 for 1. Runner for ASU. Cash with a bomb that is short. Terry Nelson is awful. Cincinnati 35-14 at the half.
Starters to start the half. Bad pass by Kila stolen. Jackson a board on an AS miss. Wide open 3 for Cash is good. This game is boring. Foul inside on Gates. Make miss. Gates board. Cash kick out to Dixon from the corner. Cash is really hitting the drive and kick. ASU makes a shot. Was typing, didn't see it. Gates on the left elbow hands to Dixon. Ball to Cash and there is a foul on someone. Poor inbound from Cash is stolen. Another foul on Gates on a post pass. Miss. Jackson board. Another Cash drive and kick. Cash has it back and resets. He drives and tried to go behind the back and it's stolen. Bad pass. Mick should call timeout. ASU bucket. UC looks bored. Cash to Dixon off a Jackson screen but misses. Gates picks up the loose ball, misses, rebound and foul. Miss miss. Dixon picks up the loose ball and dunks. That was nice. ASU with another turnover. Jackson with a pass to Gates, miss, but Kila tips it in. 3 pointer is good for the Hornets. Cash gets a screen from Jackson, back to JJ, 3 is no good. Kila with a rebounding foul. 15:19 to go. Cincinnati 45-22.
AS goes inside, but guy can't make a shot over Gates. Jackson board. Jackson fouled on the other end. Dixon up top. Drive, pass to SK for 3 and it's no good. Gates a steal on a bad pass to the post. Dixon pass into Gates. He kicks to SK, who is called for a charge. Foot was on the line, that's a block. Near steal leads to an open J. Dixon quick the other way. The starters have played the whole way. Gates a miss. Out on UC. Pass is knocked away by JJ, Guyn steal. Other way we go and a foul. It's Guyn and the rest of the starters. Kila short on a 3. God this game is boring. 3 might have been tipped by Dixon. He's cherry picking the other way and is fouled. Jackson got the board and threw a great outlet. Dixon miss make. Gates picks up a charge on the other end. Dixon is running the point. Gates takes dude off the dribble for a bucket and foul. FT missed, but Kila gets the board. SK drive, Euro step and score. ASU's guard tries to drive through 3 people and throws up some layup attempt that doesn't even go a foot above his hand. Come on, bro. 11:42, UC 50-24.
My dvr wouldn't stop fast forwarding, but no one scored. Gates gets the ball inside and scores. ASU with a layup and foul on Jackson. Gates has a double double now, 14-10. Guyn, Davis, Gaines, Kila and Jackson in. Guyn is fouled. Miss make. That's his first point. 3 no good, over the back on someone on UC. Quick shot misses, Gaines board. SK fakes a 3, cuts and is fouled. Make make. Steal by Guyn. Pass to Davis, who misses a rainbow 3. Gaines a block, but ASU recovers and scores. Guyn throws a bad pass out of bounds. He and Gaines go out. Wright, Gates, Ellis, Sanders and Davis in. Cash with another turnover. He gets a rebound though. Davis drives, tries to dump it off and turns it over. 7:36, UC 55-28.
Wonder why any starters are in now. Gates and Cash are. Gates another board. Long pass to Ellis for a dunk. That's his first bucket. Easy shot inside is good for Paige. I hope that's how you spell his name. He's the only remotely impressive player on that team. UC turnover. Great pass by Cash for the Ellis dunk. I don't know why Octavius Ellis isn't number 8. Seems natural. Paige again. Davis with the ball, he gives it to Cash. High screen from Gates. Cash drives and drops to Gates for a dunk. Ellis block. Gates on the other end scores. 15 points for Yancy. He can do whatever he wants against this team. They have no one inside. Gates a block. Off of ASU, UC ball. 15-11 for Yancy. Dixon back in and running the point. He's got Sanders, Ellis, Davis and Gates. Don't know why Gates is in. It's a 30 point game. Dixon loses the ball. 3 pointer is good. Bench FINALLY being cleared. Gates misses inside. We better see Eppensteiner. The ball goes out on someone. 3:22 left, Cincinnati 61-35.
Mick Cronin on the non-conference schedule: Blah blah blah blah blah blah, which translates to "We want to be undefeated." Gaines a board. Break chance and Davis has it knocked it away. Guyn misses a 3 after a lot of perimeter passing. Gaines skies for a block. Terry Nelson is brutal. He's also having mental problems because he's having a lot of flashbacks. Get out of the lights dude. Here comes Eppensteiner. Nothing interesting is happening. Ellis to the line. Make make. Ellis has looked good. Eppensteiner got the ball under the basket and had it knocked away. Ellis scores off camera. Someone scores. Game over. Cincinnati 65 Alabama State 40.
Mick after the game: Choppy offensively, wanted 75. Need to be better on offense to win the Big East. Thought JJ was hurt seriously. He blocks shots, adds a dimension. Need Ellis to play next year. Gotta play now if he's going to play then.
Justin Jackson stands out a lot defensively. He had 7 boards, 3 steals and 3 blocks. His offensive game has a way to go, but he plays his ass off on D.
Yancy Gates with a pretty easy 15-11 double double. Only 2 offensive boards. He had a couple steals. 3 of 7 at the line isn't going to cut it. He was 6-15 from the field. The stats say he played well, but he didn't look like the fired up Gates we need to see. ASU was brutal, but he sets the pace. If he's not taking the game seriously, no one on the team is.
And not taking the game seriously is something I think a lot of people did. It's hard to play hard when you are a thousand times better than the team you are playing and you jump out to a huge lead. 16 turnovers, giving up 8 offensive boards, that's gotta be tightened up.
If you were worried about offense being an issue, you are right to. 45% for the game, which isn't that great. A horrible 3 of 16 from deep. Only 11-13 at the line needs to be bumped up some more. Only 9 offensive boards. Only 12 assists.
Sean Kilpatrick stood out as the offensive star. He missed all 4 of his 3s, but he got to the line 5 times. He also had 9 boards, 3 offensive. A very solid performance out of Kila.
Cash had a nice game shooting wise, he made 2 of the 3 triples, but only 3 assists to 4 turnovers.
Out of the freshman we saw, Octavius Ellis stood out the most. 6 points, a couple of boards a pair of blocks. Guyn didn't add much. Davis turned the ball over 4 times. Gaines had 3 blocks. He was impressive on D.
A win is a win. There is something to build on from this one. The intensity and focus and execution need to be there Tuesday night.
Box score via ESPN
|Alabama State Hornets|
|Ivory White, F||38||1-7||0-4||0-0||0||1||1||1||0||2||2||2|
|Stephawn Brown, F||22||0-5||0-2||0-0||1||2||0||0||0||1||4||0|
|Luther Page, F||34||6-16||0-0||0-0||1||8||1||0||1||3||2||12|
|Jeffery Middlebrooks, G||23||1-3||0-2||0-1||0||0||1||0||0||1||4||2|
|Kenderek Washington, G-F||26||7-16||3-8||1-2||5||8||3||5||0||2||3||18|
|Joshua Mason, G||7||1-3||0-0||0-0||0||2||1||1||0||2||0||2|
|Ryan Watts, G||21||2-10||0-4||0-0||0||1||1||0||0||3||0||4|
|Eugene Johnson, F||5||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||2||0||0||0||1||2||0|
|Jonathan Jefferson, F||24||0-2||0-1||0-0||1||4||1||1||0||2||2||0|
|Justin Jackson, F||29||2-3||0-1||0-0||0||7||3||3||3||1||0||4|
|Yancy Gates, F||32||6-15||0-0||3-7||2||11||1||2||1||1||3||15|
|Cashmere Wright, G||25||4-7||2-5||0-0||0||3||3||0||0||4||1||10|
|Dion Dixon, G||28||5-12||1-3||3-4||2||2||2||1||1||2||0||14|
|Sean Kilpatrick, G||30||4-8||0-4||5-5||3||9||1||1||0||2||2||13|
|Jeremiah Davis, G||11||0-1||0-1||0-0||0||2||1||0||0||4||0||0|
|Octavius Ellis, F||11||2-2||0-0||2-2||1||2||0||1||2||0||0||6|
|Alex Eppensteiner, G||2||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ge'Lawn Guyn, G||14||1-4||0-2||1-2||0||0||1||0||0||1||1||3|
|Jermaine Sanders, F||10||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|Kelvin Gaines, C||8||0-0||0-0||0-0||1||5||0||0||3||0||2||0|