Would you say the Bearcats were successful during the Non-Conference play?
Sunday the No. 21 Cincinnati Bearcats will start AAC play against Memphis, but before they get into conference play let’s take a step back in look at how this team played during their 13 non-conference games.
While this team isn’t finished product #BearcatNation has a lot to be hopeful for during the rest of the season. During their murderous four games they went 2-2, while losing to Xavier (which everyone hated) and Florida they were able to dominate Mississippi State at home and UCLA on the road.
They won the Cayman Islands Classic being the likes of Buffalo, Richmond and Wyoming (it was a huge disappointment that they didn’t get to play Iowa during the tournament due to an upset).
This team has a lot of moving parts which is a good thing, but for them to be successful in March they need the main players to stay aggressive. I like what I’m seeing out of the group overall because losing somebody as steady as Troy Caupain takes time to adjust to.
After the losses to Xavier and Florida Jacob Evans and Kyle Washington have been a lot more consistent this is something this unit needs. Evans was settling on offense, but a person of his skill set needs to play with controlled chaos which he has recently. While Washington earlier in the season was playing as if his mind and body weren’t on the same wave length, but that has change as of late to the benefit of this team.
Over the last four games:
Evans is averaging 14.8 points, six rebounds and two assists on 49% shooting from the field and 50% shooting from three
Washington is averaging 13.5 points and 5 rebounds on 59% shooting from the field and 50% shooting from three
The play of Cane Broome and Justin Jenifer has been good while Broome is the better scorer of the two Jenifer has done a better job at protecting the ball. Both provide quality play and pretty much split the time down the middle to a tee.
I was high on freshman guard Keith Williams and he has shown flashes against good competition. The person I didn’t think would be much of a factor with minimal minutes was freshman Eliel Nsoseme while still raw on the offensive end he is a grown man on defense already.
Gary Clark has been steady Eddie all season averaging 12.5 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 1.6 steals per game, 1.5 blocks per game and 2.2 assists per game on 48.7% shooting from the field.
I personally like the how they finished out their non-conference a vlog will be added to this post later.