SMU beats Cincinnati 71-56 for AAC championship

SMU beats Cincinnati 71-56 for AAC championship

That's a credit to them, their talent, their execution. "They're just silly numbers".

The Bearcats are averaging 75.0 points this season, the most by a UC squad since 2004-05 (75.9).

SMU stayed consistent in the first half as Cincinnati struggled to string together points offensively. The Mustangs shot 50 percent (26-for-52) from the field on the game to Cincinnati's 31 percent (19-for-61).

UConn shot 54.5 percent for the game and was 8 for 17 on 3-pointers. The Bearcats have now won eight of their last 10 games and are 5-5 against the spread during that same span.

Why was the outcome so surprising?

"I don't want the story to be about something I said", said Cronin, whose team is in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season. Head coach Larry Brown ditched the program following a contract dispute.

"Let's be honest, CT did a great job feeding off that crowd", Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. On top of that, the Mustangs were coming off a postseason ban with limited scholarships.

Michigan Basketball Wins The Big Ten Championship
Beilein has coached in the NCAA Tournament 11 times and this is his seventh tournament appearance in ten seasons at MI . Then they coughed up a 16-point lead Saturday against Minnesota, but kept enough poise to bounce back and win 84-77.

UC and SMU split a pair a regular-season meetings this year with the home team winning each contest. Their final year in Storrs saw an unprecedented flurry of poor injury luck which affected the trajectory of the whole season but they managed to salvage some pride when it looked like all was lost. Jankovich's team was undersized, undermanned and supposedly not as talented as Cincinnati.

Caupain has 1,277 points and 510 assists entering Sunday's SMU game. Few of SMU's games this season have been. The Mustangs are a team that could very well make it to the Sweet 16.

SMU has just one loss since December 2 and that came in a close one against Cincinnati. Small numbers have allowed for incredible synergy and balance. Ojeleye said the team got better as the tournament progressed.

"I really could start bitching and whining, I really could", Jankovich said. "This is not just a bunch of guys that had a good year and they're going to the tournament". They leave with one more banner in the rafters and every UConn fan should be proud of the way those three represented the school. The Mustangs are a flawless example of a team that got overlooked for being different - a 30 win team still going unnoticed by some.

Jalen Adams scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to lead sixth-seeded UConn over No. 3 Houston 74-63 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

When you have made a season, a college career out of proving people wrong, why stop now?

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