The No. 2 seed Cincinnati Bearcats (31-4) take on the No. 7 seed Nevada Wolf Pack (28-7) in the Second Round of the South Region. The game will be played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday, March 18. Tip-off time is TBA.
Preview: Cincinnati is having its best season under Mick Cronin. It wasn’t always pretty, but the success continued this afternoon in the game against No. 15 seed Georgia State.
The Panthers hung around with the Bearcats for a bit, trailing by just five at the half. However, Cincinnati outscored them by 10 after the break to seal a 68-53 win.
Jarron Cumberland played all 40 minutes, and exploded for 27 points to lead all scorers. He was 8-for-17 from the floor, and hit 4-of-11 threes.
Cumberland also corralled 11 rebounds, making him one of two Bearcats with a double-double. Forward Gary Clark went for 11 and 13 in the win.
— Cincinnati Men’s Hoops (@GoBearcatsMBB) March 16, 2018
Nevada won an absolute thriller against No. 10 seed Texas on Friday evening. The Wolf Pack trailed the Longhorns by as many as 14 in the second half.
Texas missed a number of crucial free throws late in the game. In the waning moments of the second half, Longhorns star Mo Bamba fouled out, and Nevada forced overtime.
The Wolf Pack were 6-for-6 from the field in overtime, and outscored the Longhorns 19-15 to win the game 87-83.
The winner between Cincinnati and xxx will face the winner of No. 3 Tennessee and No. 11 Loyola-Chicago in the Sweet 16. The South Regional will be played at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Date: March 18
TV Channel: TBA
Location: Nashville, TN
Opening Betting Line: TBA
Prediction: This will be a fun clash of styles in the Round of 32. Cincinnati plays some of the toughest defense in the country, while Nevada is an elite offensive unit.
Mick Cronin’s teams haven’t fared well deep into the tournament. His Bearcats have only advanced to the Sweet 16 one time in 12 years. I like the Wolf Pack to pull an upset to make a run to the Sweet 16. Nevada wins.
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