Cardiac Hill Big East Basketball Preview: Cincinnati Bearcats

Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Returnees-Mick Cronin has done a nice job at CIncinnati. He is coming off a 26 win season and a Sweet 16 appearance. He will be without his best big man in Yancy Gates, and top scorer Dion Dixon. The Bearcats will return a formidable core that should compete with the top Big East teams.

Cashmere Wright will return to run the point. He is a 6-0 senior that is a pretty good on ball defender. His backcourt mates will be Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker. Kilpatrick is one of the most lethal three point threats in the Big East, and will be the leading scorer for Cincinnati. Parker is a valuable swing man that is a good rebounder for his 6-3 frame. The low post game will rely mostly on the play of Justin Jackson. Jackson started 20 games last season and is a good defender.

Newcomers-Titus Rubles is junior college transfer and will play immediately. He is an under sized power forward that is athletic and should play for his rebounding abilities. Shaquille Thomas redshirted in 2012, but was a very touted recruit. He is a former four star that turned down an offer from Syracuse.

Final Outlook-Mick Cronin has improved every season since he took over the Cincinnati program. It will be a tall task to improve on 26 wins, but the Bearcats have some pretty good pieces. A lot can be said for having an experienced backcourt, and the Bearcats certainly have that. If some of the younger big guys can get ready for the grueling Big East early, Cincinnati will be a force down the line.

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