Cincinnati Rumors & News

  • Bearcats C Jamaree Strickland will transfer from team "University of Cincinnati basketball coach Mark Cronin announced that redshirt freshman center Jamaree Strickland will leave the team and transfer to another program, according to a report from a local Fox affiliate. Strickland, originally from Oakland, CA, played at Queen City Prep in..." December 14

  • Tre Scott commits to Cincinnati

    Yahoo! Sports "Commit No. 2 for the 2015 hoops class is in. According to Chad Brendal of Bearcat Journal, '15 F Trevon "Tre" Scott of Georgia committed to the Bearcats just moments ago. Cincinnati now holds commitments from two prospects in the class as Scott joins '15 G Justin Jenifer. Scott, who was..." September 16

  • Transfer Jermaine Lawrence eligible immediately at Manhattan "Manhattan coach Steve Masiello announced Wednesday that Cincinnati transfer Jermaine Lawrence is eligible to play for the Jaspers this season. Lawrence was the No. 9-ranked power forward and the No. 26-ranked player in the class of 2013, according to the recruiting website, with..." August 13

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Mick Cronin gets new 7-year deal with Bearcats "Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin signed a new seven-year contract, which will pay him $2.2 million annually, he confirmed after the Cincinnati Board of Trustees approved the deal early Monday. Cronin, who has coached the Bearcats since 2006, has led his team to four straight NCAA tournaments...." June 23

  • Maryland prep point guard commits to Cincinnati

    Fox Sports Ohio "Cincinnati picked up a basketball recruit Monday night with the verbal commitment of Justin Jenifer. A three-star point guard from Maryland, Jenifer is the first verbal commitment for the Bearcats this year after head coach Mick Cronin signed a three-man 2014 class that included four-star..." June 10

  • Report: UC's Jermaine Lawrence transferring says source

    Cincinnati Enquirer " reporter Evan Daniels and Jeff Bozello of CBS Sports say a source has confirmed that University of Cincinnati forward Jermain Lawrence has asked for his release from the program. UC has not confirmed his transfer. Lawrence struggled to find his way as a freshman. A top 25 recruit..." May 09

  • Bohn: 'Basketball venue UC's top priority'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Improving the venue for men's and women's basketball is now the top priority for the UC athletic department, according to athletic director Mike Bohn. "It's the total fan experience that we're working on," Bohn said, "the arena, the pre-game opportunities, the egress after games, all those..." April 09

  • Creighton's Doug McDermott leads Wooden All-America Team "Senior Doug McDermott is the headliners on the 10-member Wooden All-American Team announced Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The first team -- all finalists for the Wooden Award, presented by the LAAC to honor the college basketball player of the year -- features Creighton's McDermott,..." April 01

  • Johnson, Napier, Stauskas lead NABC All-America team "The National Association of Basketball Coaches named its 2013-14 All-America teams Thursday, with a trio of players still alive in the NCAA Tournament named to the first team. Arizona's Nick Johnson, UConn's Shabazz Napier and Michigan's Nik Stauskas join Creighton's Doug McDermott and Duke's..." March 28

  • Harvard defeats Cincinnati 61-57 in its NCAA opener

    Boston Globe "Mick Cronin hadn’t seen much of Harvard. The Cincinnati coach had spent his season up to his eyeballs in college basketball powerhouses. If it wasn’t Louisville, it was Connecticut or Memphis. The Crimson didn’t pop on his radar until the NCAA Selection Committee made them Cincinnati’s March..." March 20

  • Harvard Readies for No. 5 Cincinnati in NCAA Tournament Second Round "The Storyline The Harvard men's basketball team received a 12 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament and will face 5th-seeded Cincinnati in the second round Thursday, March 20 at 2:10 p.m. The game will be televised live on TNT from the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. Harvard,..." March 19

  • UC opponent Harvard a 'trendy pick'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker knows that the TV talking heads have their pots to stir. Amaker thus is unaffected by predictions that his team will upset Cincinnati in the NCAA tournament. Harvard is a No. 12 seed and UC a No. 5 seed for their second-round game Thursday (2:10 p.m.) in..." March 19

  • UConn Hangs On To Beat Cincinnati, 58-56

    Hartford Courant "Locked in yet another defensive struggle with Cincinnati, the Huskies were the team with the tighter grip. Tighter and tighter the Huskies defense played, as they held the top-seeded Bearcats without a point for nearly six minutes, and to only two points over a span of nearly 11 minutes. And..." March 15

  • Cincinnati 61, Central Florida 58

    ProSportsDaily "Sean Kilpatrick had 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Bearcats survived an upset bid in the American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals in Memphis, Tenn. Justin Jackson added 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for top-seeded Cincinnati (27-5), which advances to..." March 14

  • Basketball Writers Association names 13/14 All-Americans "The 2013-14 USBWA Men's All-America Team features seven seniors, including forward Doug McDermott of Creighton, who becomes just the 19th player in the 58-year history of the team to earn three-time USBWA All-America honors. Based on regular-season performance, the entire USBWA membership of..." March 12

  • Bearcats' Sean Kilpatrick, Justin Jackson named all-AAC

    Cincinnati Enquirer "University of Cincinnati senior guard Sean Kilpatrick was a unanimous first-team selection on the first all-American Athletic Conference team announced Tuesday. UC senior center Justin Jackson was voted to the second team. Kilpatrick, the leading scorer in the league at 20.9 points per game,..." March 11

  • Cincinnati 70, Rutgers 66

    ProSportsDaily "Sean Kilpatrick's 24 points helped the visiting Bearcats fend off the Scarlet Knights and earn a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title. Kilpatrick celebrated his final regular-season collegiate game in style, knocking down four 3-pointers and scoring Cincinnati's final..." March 09

  • Four freshmen listed among 15 finalists for Wooden Award "The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced on Saturday the 15 finalists for the 2014 John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to the nation's top college basketball player. The 15 finalists are: (Players listed in alphabetical order) Kyle Anderson (UCLA) Cleanthony Early..." March 08

  • Cincinnati delivers on Senior Night with 97-84 win over Memphis

    Fox Sports Ohio "After two straight losses, the last thing Cincinnati' s seniors wanted to do was squander a chance at delivering the program its first conference title in 10 years. After Thursday night's 97-84 win against Memphis, the 15th-ranked Bearcats are in prime position to do just that. On Senior..." March 07

  • UConn Throws Last Punches To Beat Cincinnati In Defensive Fight

    Hartford Courant "The Huskies weren't expecting any less, or any more. They knew the kind of game Cincinnati would make it, and they were ready to rumble. "I told them it was going to be 90 percent punches and 10 percent plays," coach Kevin Ollie said Saturday, raspy voice and all following UConn's 51-45 victory..." March 02

  • Big Saturday of hoops for UC, Xavier, UD

    Fox Sports Ohio "This is one big Saturday for area college hoops teams. Dayton, Cincinnati and Xavier all have a chance to enhance their postseason resumes today and their games are going to come in rapid-fire progression. UD hosts Massachusetts at 11 this morning, UC is on the road at Connecticut at noon and..." March 01

  • McDermott, Parker, Wiggins among 10 players still on Naismith list "The Atlanta TipOff Club on Friday announced the 10 national semifinalists for the 2014 Naismith Trophy. Listed alphabetically, they are: Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) Nick Johnson (Arizona) Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati) Doug McDermott (Creighton) Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)..." February 28

  • Fouls troubling Jackson, Bearcats

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Keeping Justin Jackson out of foul trouble has been an issue for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats ever since he arrived on campus in 2010. The high-energy Jackson is so quick and athletic that he tries to block every shot and seize every rebound. At times that exuberance gets him in foul..." February 26

  • Russ Smith's jumper lifts Louisville past Cincinnati, 58-57

    Lexington Herald-Leader "With the game on the line Saturday, Russ Smith wanted the ball. He got it, then delivered a game-winning dagger with 2.2 seconds left, lifting No. 11 Louisville to a 58-57 victory over No. 7 Cincinnati. "Honestly, it felt really great when it left my hands," said Smith, a 6-foot senior. "......" February 23

  • Bearcats ready for Louisville's best shot

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The University of Cincinnati Bearcats have no doubt that Louisville is coming to town this weekend looking for revenge after losing to the Bearcats, 69-66, in Louisville on Jan. 30. “But we’re going to be ready to play them as well,” said UC guard Sean Kilpatrick. Louisville guard Chris..." February 21

  • Kilpatrick surpasses Logan as UC routs UCF

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Having watched the defense slip a little more than he was comfortable with in recent games, University of Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin made sure the Bearcats were focused Wednesday night on getting back to guarding the way they had for most of the season. His players obliged by holding Central..." February 20

  • UC holds Justin Jackson Mean Face contest

    Fox Sports Ohio "After just about every block and dunk he has had this season, Justin Jackson has treated his opponents and the fans to his signature Mean Face. Now, by showing off your own Mean Face, Cincinnati is giving fans a chance to win two tickets to UC's matchup with Louisville on Saturday. Here are..." February 19

  • Big O one of Kilpatrick's biggest fans

    Cincinnati Enquirer "When senior guard Sean Kilpatrick arrived on the University of Cincinnati campus five years ago, no one had to tell him about Oscar Robertson. He was already well-versed in the accomplishments of the Big O. “I actually have a poster of the Big O in my room that my dad gave me when I first got..." February 19

  • Kilpatrick's 28 leads UC over Houston

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Maybe opponents are starting to figure out the University of Cincinnati’s defense. If that’s the case, it’s a good thing the Bearcats are showing signs of becoming a better offensive team as the postseason approaches. UC has been rock-solid defensively for most of the season but has allowed..." February 16

  • UC’s Kilpatrick named AAC Player of the Week again

    Cincinnati Enquirer "University of Cincinnati senior guard Sean Kilpatrick has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced Monday. Kilpatrick averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 three-pointers in a 1-1 week for the..." February 12

  • SMU rips No. 7 Cincy, 76-55, for 1st on-campus win vs. top 10 team since '67

    Dallas Morning News "It’s hard to quantify the significance of SMU’s 76-55 victory over No. 7 Cincinnati on Saturday night. The last time the Mustangs defeated a Top 10 team was in 1987 over No. 7 Florida. But that was at Reunion Arena. Since SMU beat a Top 10 opponent on campus, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling..." February 09

  • Cincinnati Bearcats win 63-58 grinder against UConn

    Cincinnati Enquirer "In a battle of American Athletic Conference player of the year candidates, the University of Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick clearly outplayed Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier. Not that it mattered one iota to Kilpatrick. “I’m just playing to win,” Kilpatrick said. “I don’t care about points. I..." February 07

  • UC's Lawrence nears return after month-long injury

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Jermaine Lawrence is close to making his return to the University of Cincinnati basketball team. The 6-foot-9 freshman forward, who has not played since he suffered a turf toe injury on his left foot in the first half against Memphis on Jan. 4, was at practice Saturday without the protective..." February 02

  • Bearcats beat USF 50-45, extend win streak to 14 games

    Cincinnati Enquirer "It turns out there was more to Sean Kilpatrick’s day off from practice Saturday than an attempt by University of Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin to keep him fresh for the stretch run. “He’s been sick since we got back (from Louisville),” Justin Jackson said. Whatever was ailing Kilpatrick –..." February 02

  • Jackson's snarl represents overachieving UC team

    Cincinnati Enquirer "He says it’s a spontaneous eruption of macho joy. Justin Jackson doesn’t plan The Face. He doesn’t rehearse it. The Face just is. “I really don’t know what the face looks like,” Jackson shrugs. You do. You have seen The Face. It is, in fact, the face of a UC team that remains on an..." February 02

  • Sean Kilpatrick favorite for AAC player of year

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Over the course of seven years - from 1995-96 through 2001-02 - the University of Cincinnati basketball program produced the Conference USA player of the year five times. Danny Fortson won the award in 1996 and 1997, Kenyon Martin in 2000 and Steve Logan in 2001 and 2002. No UC player has won a..." February 01

  • Louisville basketball rallies from 17-point deficit but falters at finish

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Cincinnati blew a 17-point second-half lead, yet still found a way to win Thursday night. The 13th-ranked Bearcats edged No. 12 Louisville 69-66 before a KFC Yum Center crowd of 22,644 and a national television audience. "Got to give them a lot of credit because they lost total momentum in..." January 31

  • UC earns win over Louisville with final push

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If there were still those who doubted whether the University of Cincinnati Bearcats deserved their No. 13 ranking, they were silenced Thursday night. UC built a 17-point lead early in the second half, saw Louisville storm back to go up three with 5:01 left and then staged a comeback of its own..." January 31

  • UC survives Temple comeback, wins 80-76

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The University of Cincinnati Bearcats overcame a dazzling second-half shooting display by Temple guard Dalton Pepper and hung on to post their 12th straight victory Sunday. Sean Kilpatrick, who led the Bearcats with a season-high 29 points, made two free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining to..." January 26

  • Va. Tech hires Whit Babcock as AD, and his first order of business may be ‘the basketball problem’

    Washington Post "Virginia Tech has named Whit Babcock as its new athletic director, President Charles Steger announced Friday evening. He will be officially introduced during a news conference next week. Babcock spent the past three years as the athletic director at Cincinnati, where he spearheaded the school’s..." January 25

  • Jackson, Cincinnati block UCF

    Florida Today "Brevard County native Justin Jackson matched his career high by blocking seven shots and Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points with a strong second half that carried No. 15 Cincinnati to its 11th straight win Thursday night, 69-51 over UCF. Cincinnati (19-2, 7-0 American Athletic) is off to its best..." January 24

  • Strong second half puts UC ahead of UCF, 69-51

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The University of Cincinnati student section was chanting Justin Jackson’s name after an emphatic blocked shot early in the second half followed by one of Jackson’s best mean faces of the year. This wasn’t just any blocked shot. Central Florida’s Staphon Blair had gone up to attempt a dunk over..." January 24

  • UC perfect in AAC but hardly perfect

    Fox Sports Ohio "There isn't a pretty thing about the Cincinnati Bearcats basketball team. That's the beauty of it. UC won its 11th straight game Thursday night, beating Central Florida 69-51 in a fashion that is beginning to become routine. The 15th-ranked Bearcats fell behind early before taking a halftime..." January 24

  • More playing time for Johnson?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Mick Cronin is looking to get Kevin Johnson more playing time. Johnson, a freshman guard from Summit Country Day, has averaged 12.2 minutes per game. Among UC’s scholarship players, only David Nyarsuk has averaged fewer at 6.6 minutes per game. “I’ve got to play Kevin more,” Cronin said..." January 23

  • College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    College Basketball Talk "Last week, the thing I got the most heat about in these rankings were where I had Syracuse situated: sitting at No. 3, sitting directly behind a Michigan State team that has a loss to a North Carolina team that the Orange have already beaten. So I figured this week I would explain my reasoning..." January 20

  • Cronin, Bearcats could use zone more with Lawrence out

    Cincinnati Enquirer "When it comes to defense, Mick Cronin is unapologetically old-school. The University of Cincinnati basketball coach prefers the man-to-man approach because it encourages his players’ aggressive natures and because it has made the Bearcats one of the top defensive teams in the country. But..." January 19

  • Bearcats take down USF 61-54, win 10th straight

    Cincinnati Enquirer "University of Cincinnati guard Troy Caupain called it a mental toughness win and that was as good a way as any to describe it. The Bearcats, who hadn’t won in Tampa since 2005, had to scrape and claw to extend their winning streak to 10 with a 61-54 victory over South Florida on Saturday before..." January 19

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