Cincinnati opened the season with an incredibly sloppy 74-61 victory over North Carolina Central tonight. This was a game Cincinnati should have won by 20+ points. But NC Central did not die to their credit. Behind Jeremy Ingram's 17 second half points, he finished with 27, they cut the lead to as few as 6. Ingram fouled out with 6 minutes left, Cincinnati made a lot of free throws and that was that.
Sean Kilpatrick was the Bearcat star. He scored a team high 22 points on 6-13, 2-7 from 3, 8-9 at the foul line. Jermaine Sanders showed up big time with 13 points on 4-8 shooting, 2-3 at the line. He added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. One of his better games. Titus Rubles was the third man in double digits. He scored 13 with 8 rebounds. He matched his career high with 12 free throw attempts. 10 were in the first half alone.
Free throws were a common theme. Cincinnati attempted 31, NC Central attempted 28. It was a very sloppy game where both teams made a lot of bad fouls if we are being honest. There were so many whistles away from the ball. There were 51 total fouls called. Fouls are going to be a point of emphasis early in the season. This was pretty absurd.
A season opening win is the most important thing. We don't have to keep this one in our heads for long. Football plays tomorrow, UC plays again on Tuesday afternoon. I'll throw up some more thoughts on Monday. Enjoy your Friday night.
|North Carolina Central||Cincinnati|
|O Reb %||34.4||48.6|
|D Reb %||51.4||65.6|
On weekends like this when Cincinnati plays basketball and football, as well as volleyball and diving, at home all weekend, it brings up an interesting question. Would those of you who have graduated go back and relive one day of college? Our good friends running the discover fan loyalty poll did some polling. They found out 56% of college football fans would do it. 60% of women would, 54% of men would. 76% of 18-29 year olds would go back. 60% of people in their 30s would.
There was a second question about about showing off your school spirit. That pertains to things like getting a team related tattoo, painting your body, coloring your hair and stealing a mascot (?). Not surprisingly, 79% of people are rational and haven't done any of those things. 3% said they have done crazier. I would like to know what that is.no comments
Tomorrow at noon, Cincinnati hosts Senior Day as they bring Southern Methodist into town. The ceremony is slated to start at 11:43 am or 25 minutes before game time according to the countdown clock. This is the final Saturday home game, so it makes a bit of sense to do this. Easier for the families and you don't have to celebrate the seniors in a stadium half full of Louisville fans. I've been a lot more focused on the start of basketball season than I have this game. I'm sure the game will be great though.
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This is the latest recruiting update from Bearcats Blog recruit ace Stuart Gilchrist. You can follow Stuart on twitter @StewieGilchrist.
In the month of October, Tommy Tuberville and staff landed on commitment from a uncommitted player and had another that was committed to another school. Just as recently as November 7th, the Class of 2014 expanded to 21 members with a JUCO commitment as well. Coach Tuberville has said that one thing he realized that was missing in this class was depth at certain positions and we saw him get several JUCO commitments in the Class of 2013 to address those needs. At the time, defensive line and the secondary were the two area with the most need and while defensive line remains a need for this class, quarterback is also an area of need since Benny Coney and Gunner Kiel, the two players supposed to battle it out for starting position next spring, will only be redshirt sophomores. Of course there is a chance that Munchie Legaux will be able to return by next spring but that will still leave a sizable gap between the redshirt sophomores and the 5th year senior.
Commitment Date: October 26th
Offers From: Ball State, Indiana State, Western Kentucky
The first commitment came on October 26th when John Kurtz, an Offensive Lineman from St. Xavier High School in Louisville, pledged to the Bearcats. Kurtz has good size at 6’5” and 260lbs. He will obviously add weight, which means a redshirt season which is the normal with freshman that play for Tuberville. Kurtz has been ranked as one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Kentucky and once his redshirt season is over he should be a solid addition to the team and will add depth to the offensive line, which is considered one of the strengths of the football team.
Commitment Date: November 4th
Offers From: Alcorn St, Florida International, Idaho, Nebraska Kearney
One month ago, Mike Boone was committed to Florida International and had no intention on switching his commitment. Then an offer came from the Bearcats that changed everything. It didn’t take long for Boone to decide he would want to don the red & black and become this class’ 20th member. The offer sheet may not be great for those who pay attention to those things but if you see yourself wondering why look no further than his 5’9” 185lb frame. But if you just begin to watch his highlight film you will see why the staff offered him. He has blazing speed and has amassed 18TDs in only 9 games. Most of the highlight tape is Boone speeding by his defender and taking it to the house. If he continues to progress, he could become very fun to watch over the next few years as a Bearcat.
Commitment Date: November 7th
Offers From: New Mexico
Coach Tuberville got the second quarterback that he wanted to go along with Hayden Moore on November 7th less than 24 hours after extending an offer to junior college quarterback Jarred Evans. Evans, a recent college football player at Towson, decided to transfer to a junior college school in order to get more exposure. Currently, he tallied 1,522 yards passing for 15 TDs in 10 games for Santa Barbara Community College in his 2012 campaign and has looked solid this year. He has a good arm and some speed to make him more of a dual-threat quarterback as compared to Moore who is a pocket passer. Both Moore and Evans will both be early enrollees and expect Evans to compete with Kiel and Coney (possibly Munchie) for the starting role that is up for grabs with Kay’s departure.
Other Recruiting Tidbits:
OSU Verbal Lonnie Johnson will be making a visit with his cousin Jon Vea’ Johnson to a Cincinnati game this year. Lonnie Johnson is a 247Sports 4-star and rumor has it that he may not be a “take” for OSU anymore. As for Jon Vea’, he remains high on the Bearcats and is rated a 3-star and the #118 wide receiver in the country.
Cincinnati has lost out on a few recruits since the last update, most notably A’lique Terry to Wake Forest, Shane Hall to Northern Illinois and Alin Edouard to Syracuse.
Cincinnati has recently offered TE Hunter Atkinson of Oakwood, Georgia. Atkinson has been rated the #16 TE in the country by 247Sports and is a 4-star or high 3-star depending on the site. Surprisingly, he does not have many offers with Appalachian St, Charlotte, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky as his other offers. The Bearcats seem to have a good chance here with the history we have with developing tight ends.
The Bearcats have also offered Austin Parmer (OT), junior Reggie Rogers (S), AJ Bush (QB) who we will have to see the status with him with the commitment of Jarred Evans.
The basketball season starts tomorrow night as Cincinnati plays host to North Carolina Central. It's the start of 4 straight games against teams from North Carolina. North Carolina State, Appalachian State and Campbell follow. That kind of fun fact that isn't fun or necessarily a fact is what you have to look forward to in this post, as we get to know everything about the 2013-14 Cincinnati Bearcats.
0 - Jeremiah Davis III (Soph.)
2 - Titus Rubles (Sr.)
3 - Shaquille Thomas (Soph.)
5 - Justin Jackson (Sr.)
14 - Ge'Lawn Guyn (Jr.)
15 - Jermaine Sanders (Jr.)
23 - Sean Kilpatrick (Sr.)
33 - David Nyarsuk (Sr.)
1 - Deshaun Morman (Fr.)
10 - Troy Caupain (Fr.)
11 - Jermaine Lawrence (Fr.)
25 - Kevin Johnson (Fr.)
45 - Kevin Tobler (Fr.)
Jamaree Strickland (Fr.)
G - Ge'Lawn Guyn
G - Sean Kilpatrick
F - Shaquille Thomas
F - Titus Rubles
F - Justin Jackson
F - Jermaine Sanders
G - Troy Caupain
F - Jermaine Lawrence
G - Kevin Johnson
C - David Nyarsuk
G - Deshaun Morman
G- Jeremiah Davis
F - Zack Toblerno comments