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Knights next team up. NKU. Tuesday. 7 PM. CBSSN. The Cats' biggest challenge is only themselves. I don't mean that in a cocky or arrogant manner. I'm just saying that we are the class of the league and this is a game that we should take care of business on our home floor. They need to continue to stay hungry and focused and credit to Coach and the staff (and the players) for facilitating and executing this game in, game out. No TF to shoot around (under) but BJT is back averaging 18.0 points in the Knights' last four games. Cats looking to extend several streaks: 10 consecutive conference wins; 14 consecutive wins overall; 38 consecutive home wins. Oh, the Cats also obtained the highest AP ranking in the Mick Cronin era (#7 was the previous high 2013/14). Here are Cincinnati's head-to-head records against Central Florida:

8-1 All Time
4-1 L5
-- L10
-- L20
1-0 Current Streak

Here's a breakdown comparison between the two teams:

Central Florida
14-8 (5-5)
2-3 L5
5-5 L10
Unranked
73 Live RPI
89 BPI
100 Kenpom (277 AdjO/7 AdjD)
91 Sagarin (0-3 vs. Top 25/1-6 vs. Top 50)
Taylor 15.0 PPG
Davis 10.4
Griffin 9.3
DeJesus 9.0
Allen 6.8

Cincinnati
21-2 (10-0)
5-0 L5
10-0 L10
#6 AP
10 Live RPI
6 BPI
5 Kenpom (57 AdjO/2 AdjD)
6 Sagarin (0-1 vs. Top 25/3-2 vs. Top 50)
Evans 14.1 PPG
Clark 13.0
Washington 11.2
Cumberland 10.8
Broome 8.2
 
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Comments from Coach:

UCF Minus Tacko
 
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From CBS online:

Quote:No. 6 Cincinnati goes for 15th straight win vs. UCF

No. 6 Cincinnati looks to stay perfect in American Athletic Conference play Tuesday night when the Bearcats play Central Florida.

A victory Saturday at Connecticut improved Cincinnati's record to 10-0 in AAC play and extended the Bearcats' winning streak to 14 games -- the third-longest active streak nationally this season.

The Bearcats and UCF have faced off once already this season, with Cincinnati winning 49-39 on Jan. 16 in Orlando, Fla.

UCF lost starting center Tacko Fall in that game and have been without their second-leading scorer (11.3 points per game) and rebounder (7.3/game) ever since.

Still, the Knights have held their own, going 2-2 since losing Fall, despite allowing 70 points per game in his absence.

"They're different in two ways," Bearcats coach Mick Cronin told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday. "No Tacko, but B.J. Taylor, their first team all-league player, is back."

Taylor had missed 16 games with a foot injury before making his return against Cincinnati and after scoring six points. He's averaging 18.0 points in the Knights' last four games.

"Taylor is starting to play well again," Cronin said. "They're obviously not as big, but they're faster.

"They're giving up more points but they're scoring more points. No Tacko, so that slowed them down a tad. More scoring punch with Taylor in the lineup. They're a totally different team. I can't tell you if that's good or bad for us."

Defense carried UCF in the last meeting. The Knights held the Bearcats, who were averaging 78.9 points per game at that point, to 23 percent shooting in the opening half and didn't allow a field goal for the first three minutes of the second half.

But the Knights didn't fare much better, connecting at a 30 percent flip for the game while going to the free throw line only eight times and connecting on just three.

"They just made a few more plays than we made in both halves," UCF coach Johnny Dawson said after that game. "I think in the second half, especially (Gary) Clark, you really felt his presence out there as a senior and he really stepped up and made a lot of big plays for them in the second half."

A victory Tuesday night would equal the Bearcats' longest winning streak under Cronin, whose teams won 15 consecutive games three times, including last season.

And after moving up to No. 6 in the polls Monday, Cincinnati has its highest ranking since Jan. 20, 2004, when the Bearcats were also ranked sixth under former coach Bob Huggins.

"I mean, we know it, but we just want to keep on going," senior forward Kyle Washington said. "There's no complacency in this group. It's a matter of, hey, how we can get better at this and how can we get better at that?"

The Bearcats have also won 38 consecutive home games, including 12 this season at Northern Kentucky University, where they're playing this season while Fifth Third Arena undergoes renovation.

Tacko's Fall
 
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at least it'll be more like a basketball game without the skyscraper
 
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I hope Clark, Washington, Evans and Cumberland get massive bench time tonight to rest and get healthy for the three games starting Sunday.
 
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(02-06-2018 10:27 AM)CincyBro Wrote:  I hope Clark, Washington, Evans and Cumberland get massive bench time tonight to rest and get healthy for the three games starting Sunday.

I think we're all with you on that. Perfect scenario would be for the starters to blitz UCF the first 4-6 minutes and then the subs hold the fort to give these guys some well deserved rest. I'll be curious to see if Williams heroics with that last second shot of the half at UCONN earn him some minutes tonight. Cumberland might benefit down the stretch this year from Williams and Moore contributing big minutes tonight.
 
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It's a good thing we play great defense.
 
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(02-06-2018 07:10 PM)Bruce Monnin Wrote:  It's a good thing we play great defense.

I watch my beloved Bearcats play D then the Cavaliers. I then wonder what the nuclear explosion would be if Cronin coached the Cavs.
 
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I'm afraid Cane is just a square peg in a round hole with this program.
 
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(02-06-2018 07:21 PM)DownOnRohs Wrote:  I'm afraid Cane is just a square peg in a round hole with this program.

Huh? Yeah that steal and pass when he was falling out of bounds was terrible
 
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