Bearcats Sliding Into the Big Dance

BY MATT SUGAM

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NEW YORK – There’s no doubt in Mick Cronin’s mind that his team will hear their named called on Selection Sunday.

“I don’t think that’s any question,” the Cincinnati coach said after his team lost to No. 1 Georgetown, 62-43, in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. “If it is ‑‑ again, I don’t know how anybody could question that.”

The Bearcats are expected to go dancing, but they aren’t exactly coming in strong.

After an 18-6 start, Cincinnati has lost seven of their last 11.

Sitting at 22-11, 9-9 in the Big East, ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi currently has Cincinnati as the No. 11 seed in the West Region taking on No. 6 Butler.

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Cincinnati’s Kilpatrick Motivated to Provide for Daughter

SK daughterNEWARK — For Sean Kilpatrick, the best thing about coming home this past weekend was not scoring 21 points in Cincinnati’s Big East win at Seton Hall.

No, the best moment may have happened before the game even started.

That’s when the junior from Yonkers, N.Y. ran out onto the Prudential Center floor and saw his 2-year-old daughter, Bailey, waiting in the crowd to see him play.

“Coming out of the tunnel being able to see her was just amazing,” the man they call “SK” told SNY.tv exclusively following Cincinnati’s 66-59 victory in which he went 5-of-15 from beyond the arc. To read more of this story, click here

Jermaine Lawrence to Cincinnati


Jermaine Lawrence
pulled the trigger on his 18th birthday.

The 6-foot-10 Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII forward announced on tumblr that he’s headed to Cincinnati over St. John’s and UNLV.

“My family and I would like to thank all the schools that showed interest,” he wrote. “I’m humble[d] to have had the experience of being recruited.

“After a long discussion with my parents, I’ve decided I’ll be attending the University of Cincinnati!!!!!
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Cincinnati Watches Lawrence Work Out, St. John’s Visit Set (UPDATED)

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin watched Jermaine Lawrence work out on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-10 Lawrence of Pope John XXIII is considering Cincinnati, St. John’s and UNLV and is expected to announce soon.

He will visit St. John’s this coming weekend, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com. After visiting Rutgers Wednesday, the Johnnies host Seton Hall Sunday.

Lawrence has yet to play this season as he recovers from hand surgery.

“[Coach Cronin] watched our game-day workout and talked to me and Jermaine for a little while about how he would fit in at Cincy,” Pope John coach Jason Hasson told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

Lawrence Down to Three, St. John’s Up Next

Following his official visit to Cincinnati, Jermaine Lawrence is down to three schools and will take his final official visit to St. John’s sometime in the coming weeks.

BearcatLair.com reported that the 6-foot-10 Lawrence out of Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) is down to Cincinnati, St. John’s and UNLV, to which he has already taken an official.

Fans chanted his name Saturday as Lawrence sat courtside when No. 11 Cincinnati defeated Wright State 68-58 at Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati remained unbeaten after the win, but suffered its first loss Thursday night to New Mexico, 55-54.

“Got so much love from the fans out here in Cincy,” Lawrence Tweeted.

Lawrence is a New York native and the Bearcats have had a number of New Yorkers in recent years, from Lance Stephenson to Sean Kilpatrick and Jermaine Sanders. To read more of this story, click here

Lawrence Takes Official to Cincinnati

Jermaine Lawrence, a 6-foot-10 forward from Pope John XXIII in Sparta, N.J., is on his official visit to Cincinnati this weekend.

Fans chanted his name Saturday as Lawrence sat courtside when No. 11 Cincinnati defeated Wright State 68-58 at Fifth Third Arena.

“Got so much love from the fans out here in Cincy,” Lawrence Tweeted.

Lawrence has already taken an official to UNLV and will schedule one to St. John’s upon his return. He is also considering Syracuse.

He is currently out of action after undergoing surgery on a tendon in his shooting hand.

“I think it’s going to be early January [when he returns],” Pope John coach Jason Hasson told SNY.tv recently. “We play Hudson Catholic Jan. 6. It might be before that, it might be that week after, so we’re not sure yet.”

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Jermaine Lawrence Visiting Cincinnati Next Weekend

WEST ORANGE, N.J. — Jermaine Lawrence will take his second official visit to Cincinnati beginning Friday.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Pope John XXIII recently took an official to UNLV. He is also considering St. John’s, which he has visited unofficially several times, and Syracuse. Lawrence will sign in the spring.

Lawrence was sidelined by various injuries for much of the summer and is now out again after undergoing surgery on a tendon in his shooting hand.

“I think it’s going to be early January [when he returns],” Pope John coach Jason Hasson said after his team lost to Roselle Catholic, 71-58, at the Hoop Group Showcase at West Orange High School. “We play Hudson Catholic Jan. 6. It might be before that, it might be that week after, so we’re not sure yet.”

Cincinnati assistant Darren Savino was in attendance for the event.

The No. 11 Bearcats play Xavier Wednesday and host Wright State Saturday.

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Cincinnati Adds Tallest Play in Its History

Cincinnati just got a whole lot bigger.

The Bearcats on Monday officially added David Nyarsuk, a 7-1, 230-pound center from Juba, Sudan who signed a letter of financial aid to attend Cincinnati.

SNY.tv reported Nyarsuk’s addition to the Bearcats on Aug. 6.

Nyarsuk has been cleared to play immediately by the NCAA and will have two years of eligibility, beginning this season. He played the last two seasons at Mountain State University, an NAIA school in Beckley, W.Va. To read more of this story, click here