2020 ScheduleAll times ET

2020 Schedule
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133d

Cincy center Brooks transferring to Miami

Cincinnati center Nysier Brooks, who started 35 games for the Bearcats last season, is transferring to the University of Miami for his senior season.

This Just In  

Cincinnati has hired Northern Kentucky's John Brannen as its next head coach.

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161dJeff Borzello

Cronin leaves Cincinnati to take UCLA job

Mick Cronin, who coached Cincinnati for the past 13 seasons and has made nine consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, has agreed to a six-year deal to be the new coach at UCLA.

179d

Iowa keeps Big Ten perfect, rallies 79-72 over Cincinnati

Luka Garza scored 20 points, Jordan Bohannon made a three-point play during Iowa's closing surge, and the 10th-seeded Hawkeyes kept the Big Ten perfect in the NCAA Tournament by rallying for a 79-72 victory over No. 7 seed Cincinnati on Friday.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Mick Cronin after Cincinnati's season-ending loss to Iowa: "I just told them I loved them. Obviously they're not the most talented players in the world. Cane [Broome] got recruited by Sacred Heart. Justin [Jenifer] is my size. When I'm hugging guys that are almost my size, it tells you. For those guys, they accomplished -- what their team accomplished would not have happened if they weren't totally all in this year.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Iowa trailed Cincinnati 18-5 and 32-21. Leading scorer Tyler Cook had more fouls than field goals. But the Hawkeyes hung around until halftime, getting contributions from Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp. Then, the 3-pointers started falling from Wieskamp and Nicholas Baer, Cincinnati's offense largely stalled and the Hawkeyes come away with a huge first-round win despite struggling throughout February and into March. This will really sting for Mick Cronin and the Bearcats, who controlled the entire first half.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Iowa's Tyler Cook goes to the bench with four fouls and 8:49 left in regulation. That's normally a bad thing, but Cook is just 1 of 9 from the field today, while the rest of the team is shooting 61.8 percent. Big performances from Luka Garza, Joe Wiekamp and others have made up for a brutal day from Cook.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Cincinnati guard Justin Jenifer (17 points, 3-for-6 on 3-pointers) had his left knee/thigh wrapped during the timeout after wincing a few times on recent possessions. It doesn't seem to be affecting his movement, especially on the perimeter, where Iowa has struggled to close out on him.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Cincinnati leads 36-31 at halftime but Iowa closes on a 10-4 run, sparked by freshman Joe Wieskamp, who along with Luka Garza leads the Hawkeyes with 10 points. Bearcats star Jarron Cumberland scored only four points but contributed in other ways, especially on defense, while Justin Jenifer has been UC's top offensive option with 12 points. Cincinnati already has nine offensive rebounds against an otherwise effective Iowa zone defense.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Iowa's zone initially forced Cincinnati into tougher shots, but the Bearcats are repeatedly getting second-chance opportunities and converting them. The Bearcats have seven second-chance points and four layups. Even after Justin Jenifer airballed a 3-pointer, Rashawn Fredericks collected the ball under the room and passed to Jenifer, who hit a 3 from the corner to boost the lead to 32-21.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Iowa star forward Tyler Cook has to sit with 14:28 left in the first half after picking up his second foul. A very rough start for Cook, who missed two layup attempts to go 0-for-5 from the field. Cincinnati is playing with tremendous confidence on defense and the pro-Bearcat crowd loves it.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Starters and officials for today's first game in Columbus. Iowa: G Jordan Bohannon, G Isaiah Moss, G Joe Wieskamp, F Tyler Cook, F Luka Garza Cincinnati: G Keith Williams, G Justin Jenifer, G Jarron Cumberland, F Trevon Scott, C Nysier Brooks Officials: Ron Groover, Tim Clougherty, Steven Anderson (Greg Evans is the standby official).

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Both teams are on the court getting ready for the first of four games here in Columbus. One key is how Cincinnati handles Iowa's size advantage with forwards Tyler Cook and Luka Garza.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer 

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin doesn't hide the fact Jarron Cumberland is his top option in key situations.

Virginia, Tennessee headline South Region (4:45)
Cumberland drops 33, Cincinnati claims American title (1:58)
Cumberland grabs rebound and drop in and-1 (0:28)
Williams' steal leads to fast-break dunk (0:22)

Team Stats

Points Per Game71.8
Rebounds Per Game36.0
Assists Per Game13.5
Points Allowed62.915th

Tournament History

Final Fours6
Tournament Record45-30
Championship Seasons1961, 1962
Tournament Appearances31