On a fall night in early November, the Cincinnati Bearcats Men's Basketball team gave the whole city of Cincinnati something to cheer about.
The Bearcats are coming off an 18-15 season last year in which their performance had lots to be desired. Last season shot just 31.5 % from three as a team and shooting was a major issue. The team could defend however, they struggled greatly on the offensive end.
It's only one game, however, the Bearcats seem to be improved in that facet of the game. The Bearcats shot 58% from the field and 40% from three in the win. Numbers that are much better than last season's mark. Yes, It is mid-major Chaminade, however, it's still very nice to see improvements.
The defense performed much as I expected with swarming intensity and length at all positions. The Bearcats scored 38 fastbreak points to Chaminade's 2.
The Bearcats were highlighted by David Dejulius with 24 points on an efficient 9/15 from the field. Landers Nolley II impressed in his debut with 19 points on 8/13 from the field. When I asked Dejulius in the presser about Nolley he said "It's like when KD joined the Warriors." Some bold words of confidence from Dejulius.
Overall, the Bearcats impressed in their season debut and show they can be a threat to finish high in the competitive AAC conference this year.
The Bearcats will now play thursday at 7:00 E.T at Fifth Third against a very good Cleveland State team.