March Madness 2019: Cincinnati basketball live updates from AAC semifinal vs. Wichita State

MEMPHIS – Playing to possibly improve their seedline in the upcoming NCAA tournament, the University of Cincinnati squares off with Wichita State Friday evening in the American Athletic Conference tournament.

The Bearcats advanced in the quarterfinals with an 82-74 win over SMU, while Wichita State knocked off No. 3-seed Temple 80-74 to earn a third game against UC.

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UC defeated the Shockers 66-55 in Wichita and 72-62 at Fifth Third Arena earlier this season. 

Current NCAA bracketology coming into the game has Mick Cronin’s Bearcats a No. 7 seed in the South possibly facing Arizona State according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Jerry Palm of CBS has UC as high as a No. 5 in the South. Fox Sports “guesstimates” UC a No. 7 seed in the East. 

In the opening semifinal, top seed Houston played No. 5 seed Memphis, the  hometown host and defeated the Tigers 61-58 to earn another trip to the AAC final. 

Live updates from FedEx Forum for UC/Wichita State will be via @sspringersports on Twitter and here. The latest update will be at the bottom.

First half

19:08 1H Cumberland fakes and puts one in 2-0 UC. #Bearcats #cincyhoops  Brooks misses hook. Gets board. Putback. 4-0 18:18 

17:43 1H Jenifer fouls Markis McDuffie on 3. Makes  them all. UC lead now 4-3. Cumberland to Brooks slam 6-3. McDuffie drive 6-5. Ashjorn Midtgaard hook gives Shockers 7-6 lead. Jamarius Burton wide open 3, 10-6  Haynes-Jones drive 12-6. Brooks stops bleeding 12-8 Scott 3 12-11.

12:57 1H out of TO. Brooks on line shooting a pair. Misses both. 12-11 Wichita St. Turnover Shockers. at 12:29.  Cumberland to Brooks 13-12 UC plus 1. Another miss. TO UC 6-14 shooting. Shockers 4-10. UC 10-6 on boards #Bearcats #cincyhoops 

11:18 Garbage points for Rashawn Fredericks 15-12 UC. Brooks blocks McDuffie. Trevor Moore fouls McDuffie on dunk attempt. Makes both. 15-14 UC. Jenifer and Nsoseme in. Nsoseme didn’t play yesterday. He rebounds. He scores 17-14 #Bearcats #cincyhoops 

8:50 1H Tre Scott trey 20-14 UC. Fouls McDuffie on 3. 8:37 Makes them all 20-17 UC. Cumberland floater 22-17 8:10 #Bearcats #cincyhoops Scott drive 24-17.  Ricky Torres trey 24-20. Williams jumper 26-20 6:23 Foul Nsoseme TO

6:18 TO. UC up 26-20. Bearcats shooting 50% to 29.4 for Shockers. UC leads on boards 17-9 #Bearcats #cincyhoops 

5:27 1H UC 26-21. Scott on line for 2. Misses both. UC 0-5 on FTs. Justin Jenifer no misses yesterday. No shots so far. Haynes-Jones a desperation 3 26-24.  Cumberland fouls Samajae Haynes-Jones. Tie game 26 #Bearcats #cincyhoops

4:04 and running 1H. 26-all. Steal Scott. Brooks over back. 3:16 TO #Bearcats #cincyhoops 

2:48 1H and running. Cumberland checks back in. He’s had 2 breathers today. Just 4 points on 2-7 shooting. Guarded like super glue as always.  McDuffie gives Shockers lead 28-26 2:00. TO UC #Bearcats #cincyhoops 

1:38 Brooks rebound to Broome for 3. Then Burton slam 30-29 Wichita State.  Turnover UC 1:09. Brooks over back again. 2nd foul. Jaime Echenique F. Makes both. 32-29 Shockers. Nsoseme fouled on rebound. To line. Misses both. Fredericks rebound. Miss. HALFTIME: UC trails 32-29

Published 6:36 PM EDT Mar 16, 2019