UC Bearcats visit East Carolina tonight in Men’s Basketball



CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati men’s basketball team will head out this afternoon for a Wednesday night matchup at East Carolina. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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Cincinnati opened the second half on an 18-5 run to defeat South Florida, 84-65, on Saturday night, which was also its first victory when trailing at the half. UC went 10-for-23 from deep, its 11th game with double-digit makes, and shot 65.6 percent in the second half. Landers Nolley II (13 pts, 10 rebs) earned his sixth double-double as well, while Kalu Ezikpe earned his first start ahead of an injured Viktor Lakhin and had a season-high eight boards.

Ody Oguama, on the heels of career-highs in points (16) rebounds (13) and minutes (34) at Tulane, went 9-for-9 from the field for 18 more. He was averaging 3.5 ppg prior to those two contests, and it was the most makes without a miss by a Bearcat since Jason Maxiell at DePaul in 2002. David DeJulius added nine more assists, and he is averaging 6.9 in AAC play that includes 8.4 over the last five games. He is two away from having the most at UC since Troy Caupain in 2017, and his 11-straight games of five-plus leads the nation (ESPN Stats & Info).

The Bearcats had 24 assists against South Florida, their seventh time with 20 or more, and rank 13th in assist-turnover ratio (1.53) to join Virginia as the only team with two top-50 individual performers there (DeJulius 26, Mika Adams-Woods 50). UC had also won three-straight games before its losses at Houston and Tulane (overtime), both of which were tied in the final minute. Jeremiah Davenport’s 18 points versus USF give him 988 at UC (DeJulius this year became the school’s 55th 1,000-point scorer), and his three-point shooting has improved by 5.4 percent in the 11 games since moving into the sixth-man role.

Cincinnati leads the all-time series 19-2, including an 12-2 mark in AAC play and seven-straight wins. The Bearcats are also 10-0 at home. ECU went 4-0 against Wes Miller while at UNC Greensboro, but Miller is 4-0 against the Pirates in his two years at UC.

Cincinnati left no doubt in an 83-55 win during the team’s first meeting on Jan. 11. Nolley (20 points, 10 rebounds) and DeJulius (11 points, 12 assists) powered the Bearcats, who led 38-25 at the half. UC was 14-for-26 from deep and had a 46-29 rebounding margin.

The 60-59 road win on Jan. 30, 2022 was highlighted by David DeJulius’ put-back off his own miss with 3.7 seconds left. Mika Adams-Woods also scored 16 of his career-high 21 points in the first half. The Bearcats allowed a season-low five field goals in the first half as well. UC claimed an AAC first-round victory over the Pirates by virtue of a 12-0 run over the final three minutes in a 74-63 victory. DeJulius scored 22 points in a contest that featured 16 lead changes and 14 ties. The Bearcats also notched 10 treys.