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Cincinnati Bearcats
2018–19 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team
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University University of Cincinnati
First season 1901
All-time record 1787–1009 (.639)
Athletic director Mike Bohn
Head coach Mick Cronin (12th season)
Conference The American Athletic Conference
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Arena Fifth Third Arena
BB&T Arena (2017–2018)
(Capacity: 13,477 – Fifth Third Arena
9400 – BB&T Arena)
Nickname Bearcats
Student section The rUCkus
Colors Red and Black[1]
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament champions
1961, 1962
NCAA Tournament runner-up
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1992
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1992, 1993, 1996
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1975, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2012
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1975, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018
NCAA Tournament appearances
1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference tournament champions
1976, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2018
Conference regular season champions
1926, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2018

The Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball program represents the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school's team competes in NCAA Division I as part of the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats are coached by Mick Cronin, who has been UC's head coach since 2006.

With nearly 1800 total wins, the Bearcats are one of the 20 winningest basketball programs of all-time. The school's merits include 2 National Titles, 6 Final Fours, and 32 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearances. As of 2018, Cincinnati has appeared in 8 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, and 22 of the last 27, with an all-time tournament record of 45–30. There have also been 41 All-American honors issued to Bearcats as well.

Cincinnati has been playing its home games since 1989 at Fifth Third Arena, which holds 13,176 fans plus overflow. The Bearcats played their home games for the 2017–18 season in the 9,400 seat BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky while their home arena was renovated, which will be ready for the 2018-19 season, the renovated arena will hold 12,012. Cincinnati joined the original Big East Conference in 2005, which was rebranded as the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in 2013.

By the numbers[edit]

Statistics and NCAA all-time rankings (through the end of the 2016–17 season):

  • Wins: 1757 (16th)[2]
  • Win percentage: .637 (20th)[2]
  • National Titles: 2 (T-9th)[3]
  • Final Fours: 6 (T-10th)[4]
  • NCAA Tournament appearances: 31 (T-16th)[5]
  • NCAA Tournament games played: 75 (17th)[6]
  • NCAA Tournament wins: 45 (17th)[6]
  • Weeks in the AP Top 25: 410 (12th)[7]
  • Weeks in the AP Top 10: 203 (13th)[8]
  • Weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll: 45 (7th)[9]
  • 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1992–2005 (T-11th longest streak)[10]
  • First-team Consensus All-American selections: 8 (T-22nd)[11]
  • Current players in the NBA: 2 (T-42nd)[12]
  • First school to reach three consecutive National Title games (1961–63)[13]
  • First school to reach five consecutive Final Fours (1959–63)[13]


1901-1940s – The beginning[edit]

Basketball formally debuted as a selected varsity team in 1901 and played nine games. Cincinnati, in its first season lost to Yale but later defeated a team from the University of Kentucky while compiling a 5–4 record, with the remaining games being against non-collegiate teams. Home games during this time were played in a gym in the basement of McMicken Hall. Pillars on the court gave UC a home court advantage. UC experienced moderate success in the early days, with the main highlights being them winning several conference championships in both the Buckeye Athletic Association and the Mid-American Conference.

1954–1958 – The start of something special[edit]

Cincinnati opened its new on-campus arena, Armory Fieldhouse, with a 97–65 win over Indiana in 1954. One of the first of Cincinnati's long list of standouts was Jack Twyman, who earned All-America status in 1954–55. He went on to NBA stardom and is in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Oscar Robertson made his debut in 1957, and quickly emerged as one of the top college players in the country. "The Big O" is still widely recognized as one of the greatest to ever play the sport—college or professional. A unanimous three-time All-American, he was college basketball's all-time leading scorer at the close of his career. His 33.8 scoring average today ranks third on the NCAA career charts, and he has the NBA's third-most career assists. The Bearcats celebrated their entry into the Missouri Valley Conference by winning the league title. Cincinnati made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1958, losing to Kansas State in overtime at the Midwest Regional.

1958–1964 – A run unlike any other[edit]

Sparked by the exploits of Robertson, who became the first player to lead the nation in scoring in three consecutive seasons, Cincinnati advanced to the Final Four in 1958–59 and 1959–60, settling for third place both years. Then the Bearcats, with a rookie head coach (Ed Jucker) and without Robertson, won their first national title in 1960–61. Then to prove that its 1961 championship was no fluke, UC repeated as national champion in 1961–62. Cincinnati made a fifth-straight trip to the Final Four in 1962–63, and narrowly missed capturing a third-straight national crown when Loyola (Ill.) overcame a 15-point deficit and defeated the Bearcats by a basket, 60–58, in overtime.

During those five seasons, UC recorded a 37-game win streak and posted a 161–16 ledger. The five straight Final Four appearances is a feat topped only by UCLA. Connie Dierking (1958), Ralph Davis (1960), Bob Wiesenhahn (1961), Paul Hogue (1961, 1962), Tom Thacker (1963), Tony Yates (1963), Ron Bonham (1963, 1964) and George Wilson (1963) were accorded All-American recognition with Wilson playing on the U.S. 1964 Olympic gold medal team.

1970s – Continued success[edit]

The Bearcats during the 1970s compiled a 170–85 record (.667). Cincinnati inaugurated the Metro Conference by winning the league's first two tournament championships and made four consecutive post-season appearances from 1974–1977, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1975. Jim Ard (1970), Lloyd Batts (1973), Steve Collier (1976), Gary Yoder (1977), Bob Miller (1978) and Pat Cummings (1979) earned All-American recognition. Cummings closed his career as UC's No. 2 leading scorer of all-time.

1980–1988 – Down in the dumps[edit]

Cincinnati fell into exceptionally hard times during the 1980s, going 112–142 over the course of the decade. Tony Yates, a member of the national championship teams in the 1960s, was hired as head coach in 1983. In his first season in 1983–84, UC went 3–25 (0–14 in conference), the school's worst season (winning-percentage-wise) since going 1–9 in 1915. After several unremarkable campaigns thereafter, Yates was fired after the 1989 season. The Bearcats of the 1980s failed to make a single NCAA tournament, and only had one postseason appearance in the 1985 NIT.

1989–2005 – Back into the national spotlight[edit]

Bob Huggins, the former head coach at the University of Akron, was named head coach at UC prior to the 1989–90 season. Taking over a team with a proud history but one that had not had any legitimate success in over a decade, Huggins quickly turned things around and rekindled the national championship expectations of the past. Posting winning records in each of his first two seasons, Huggins would soon prove that his team was for real and in only his third season at the helm he directed UC to the 1992 Final Four. The 1992 team that went on to lose to Michigan's "Fab Five" in the Final Four, would set a high standard of success that would last for years to come. The Bearcats advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament three times, and reached the Sweet 16 four times while Huggins was coach. Cincinnati also won its conference season and/or tournament title in 12 years out of a 13-year span (1992–2004). UC was also one of the top ranked teams of this time, often being ranked in the top 10 if not number one in the country. Huggin's team merits include claiming eight league tournament titles and 10 regular season crowns in addition to appearing in 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments (1992–2005).

Fifteen Bearcats had garnered first team all-conference honors during this era with three of those, Danny Fortson, Kenyon Martin and Steve Logan, picking up a total of four C-USA Most Outstanding Player Awards. Fortson, Nick Van Exel, Ruben Patterson, Bobby Brannen, Melvin Levett, Logan, Martin and Pete Mickeal have joined Cincinnati's list of All-Americans. Fortson was a consensus first team All-American in 1996–97 after receiving second team recognition in 1995–96. Martin was college basketball's top player of the 1999–2000 season, making a clean sweep of the national player of the year awards. Logan was a consensus All-American in 2001–02 and a finalist for every national player of the year award. Several Bearcats were NBA Draft Picks, including Martin being the number one overall pick in 2000.

Huggins was forced to resign by school president Nancy Zimpher in August 2005. Zimpher was angered by the lackluster academic performance of Huggins' teams (he routinely only graduated 30 percent of his players), and felt that Huggins didn't fit in with her plan to upgrade UC's academic reputation. Huggins hadn't helped his standing with Zimpher when he was arrested for DUI in 2004.[14][15][16] This decision was met wide widespread criticism among virtually everyone connected to the program, creating a situation that would not bode well for the team in the near future. Looking to stay within the program, the school immediately promoted assistant coach Andy Kennedy as interim head coach for the 2005–06 season.

2006–2009 – Resurrecting a gutted program[edit]

In the spring of 2006, Mick Cronin was hired as head coach, replacing interim coach Andy Kennedy after the dismissal of Bob Huggins.[17] Cronin was tasked with picking up the pieces from a depleted program after Huggins was abruptly asked to resign three months before the 2005 season, and a temporary coach in Kennedy for the previous season. Due to the school having little-to-no recruiting going on for around a full calendar year, Cronin was forced to scrounge for players. He even had a couple players on the school's football team play, one being current Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin.

Although Cronin's teams struggled early in his UC career, he improved the school's win total each of his first five seasons. After two straight losing seasons, UC began to get back on track under Cronin in the 2008–09 season with an 18–14 record. This was then followed by an NIT appearance and a brief return to the Top 25 polls during the 2009–10 campaign.

2010–Present – Return to winning ways[edit]

Since the beginning of the 2010–11 season, the Bearcats have amassed a 206–71 record (.744), have spent 71 weeks ranked in the AP Poll, and have reached 8 straight NCAA Tournaments (all as of March 12, 2018). UC also, for the first time in its storied history, defeated a team with a higher seed than theirs in the NCAA Tournament (6 seeded Cincinnati defeated 3 seeded Florida State in 2012).

Following the team's breakthrough season in 2010–11, the 2011–12 team was looked upon with high expectations coming into the season. The team, of which had many returning players like Yancy Gates, Cashmere Wright, and Dion Dixon, was the first team under Cronin to be nationally ranked going into a season and was thought to be able to compete for a conference title that year in the Big East. These high expectations were quickly diminished however, as the team lost early to two Mid Major's on their home court. This, added to the team's involvement in the Crosstown Shootout Brawl left most people to write them off. UC showed that they were not done though, winning the remainder of their non-conference games and a good showing in conference play defeating 8 ranked teams (tops in college basketball), leading to a 6-seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The team would then go onto the Sweet Sixteen, which was their first since 2001.

At the start of the 2013–14 season and the team's first in the newly formed American conference, Cincinnati received just one vote in the Preseason AP Poll. Under the leadership of 2nd team All-American senior guard Sean Kilpatrick, the Bearcats got off to a hot start and picked up their 20th win on January 30, 2014, which was the fastest they've gotten to 20 wins since the 2001–02 season (went 31–4 that year). They also reached as high as #7 in the AP Poll, their highest since being ranked #6 in the 2003–04 season. On March 8, UC clinched a share of the AAC Conference regular season championship, their first conference title since 2004.[13] Although very successful, the season would come to a sour end with a 1st round loss to underdog 12 seed Harvard in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

During the 2014–15 season, UC was forced to play without head coach Mick Cronin for the majority of the season due to health concerns. Under assistant coach Larry Davis, the Bearcats rallied to reach the 2015 NCAA Tournament for their 5th consecutive tournament appearance, and knocked off #9 seed Purdue before falling to #1 seed Kentucky in the second round.

The 2016-17 season would see Cincinnati celebrated its 400th week in the AP Poll On January 2, 2017, becoming just the 12th program all-time to spend that many weeks in the Top 25. On March 17, 2017, Cincinnati defeated Kansas State in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament to win its 30th game of the season, reaching 30 wins for the first time in 15 years, and a new high in the Mick Cronin era.

In 2017-18 due to renovations to Fifth Third Arena, the Bearcats played their home games at BB&T Arena. The team went on to win AAC regular season and AAC Tournament title, earning the No. 2 seed in the West region. Unfortunately, the season came to an early end with a crushing loss to Nevada in the Round of 32.

Notable seasons[edit]

  • 1959–60 Oscar Robertson scored a school record 62 points in an early-February game vs. North Texas State and in the process became the NCAA's all-time leading career scorer. Robertson claimed national player of the year honors for the third straight year while Cincinnati won its third straight Missouri Valley title. The Bearcats made their second trip to the Final Four. California again turned back UC's title hopes as UC finished third. George Smith stepped down as head coach to become athletic director, capping a career in which he posted a 154–56 record in eight years.
  • 1960–61 Largely an unknown team, without Robertson, and with a new head coach, Ed Jucker, in command, Cincinnati stumbled to a 5–3 start. The Bearcats then won their next 22 contests, garnering a league title, a third straight trip to the Final Four, and a national championship. In the first-ever championship game matchup of two teams from the same state, UC defeated Ohio State in overtime, 70–65.
  • 1961–62 Cincinnati fashioned a 28–2 record, but the Bearcats had to defeat Bradley in a league playoff game to defend their national title. UC won the Midwest Regional to earn its fourth straight trip to the Final Four. After edging UCLA, 72–70, in the semifinals, Cincinnati became a repeat champion with a 71–59 win over Ohio State. Paul Hogue was the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
  • 1962–63 UC breezed to its fifth straight Missouri Valley Conference crown and, after winning the Midwest Regional, a fifth straight trip to the Final Four. An 80–46 win over Oregon in the semifinals put the Bearcats in position to win a third straight national title. Cincinnati held a 15-point lead over Loyola (Ill.) in the second half of the championship game, only to have the Ramblers come back to win, 60–58, in overtime. Cincinnati led the nation in defense.
  • 1991–92 The Bearcats opened play in the Great Midwest Conference and marked their debut in this new league by sharing the regular season title and winning the tournament crown. Cincinnati made its first appearance in two decades in the Top 20 rankings. The Bearcats were seeded fourth in the Midwest Regional. UC defeated its four regional foes by an average margin of 20.8 points to make its sixth appearance in the Final Four. Michigan edged UC, 76–72, in the semifinal.
  • 1999–00 Cincinnati was the nation's top team and Kenyon Martin was college basketball's top player. UC was ranked No. 1 in the national polls for 12 of 18 weeks and Martin made a clean sweep of the national player of the year awards (Naismith, Wooden, Rupp, Robertson, NABC). The Bearcats tied a school record for victories with a 29–4 record and won their fifth straight Conference USA regular season title. UC seemed poised for a run for the national title until Martin suffered a broken leg in the Conference USA Tournament. Martin was a unanimous first team All-American with Pete Mickeal earning honorable mention honors. Cincinnati went from the #1 team in the country to a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament, and fell to Tulsa in the 2nd round.
  • 2001–02 Unranked in the major polls at the start of the season, the Bearcats posted a 31–4 record—setting a new standard for victories—won a seventh consecutive Conference USA regular season championship, captured the C-USA tournament crown and earned their first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Steve Logan earned his second straight Conference USA Player of the Year award, was a consensus All-American and a finalist for every national player of the year honor. The Bearcats were upset in the 2nd round to 8-seed UCLA in a double-overtime thriller.
  • 2011–12 After starting the season 5–3 with bad losses and dealing with the aftermath and suspensions from the Crosstown Shootout brawl, UC's season was already on the brinks halfway through December. The Bearcats then went on a run against fantastic competition and wound up beating 8 ranked teams, the most ranked wins in any Cincinnati season in history. The biggest win came against the 31–1 and #2 Syracuse Orange in the Big East Tournament semifinals. The Bearcats went on to the Sweet 16 where they lost to Ohio State. The latter half of this season is considered by many to be a big turning point in Mick Cronin's coaching career. The Bearcats are now the 2012 Big East Champions after Louisville has vacated all the wins from 2011 thru 2014.[18]
  • 2017–18 Cincinnati began the season with high hopes, featuring a team hallmarked by four "1000 point career scorers" (Gary Clark, Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington, and Cane Broome). They spent the entire season in the national polls, peaking at #5 - this was fueled by their defensive prowess which ranked second overall nationally. They earned their first outright American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships and tied the school record for wins, going 31-5. Their season ended with a second round NCAA tournament upset to Nevada who tied the record for the 2nd largest NCAA Tournament comeback- surmounting a 22-point deficit to win by 2.

Notable games[edit]

01/09/1958 – Cincinnati 118, Seton Hall 54: 19-year-old sophomore Oscar Robertson ("The Big O") dropped 56 points, scoring more than all of Seton Hall, and caught the attention of New York City in a road win. His 56 points, at the time, was a Madison Square Garden record.

03/25/1961 – Cincinnati 70, Ohio State 65: The Buckeyes were the defending champs, 27–0 and No. 1 in the nation. They took on state rival No. 2 Cincinnati in the National Championship. A layup by Ohio State's Bobby Knight sent the game into overtime, tied at 61. Cincy, led by Paul Hogue and Bob Wiesenhahn, took it from there, winning, 70–65, giving the Bearcats their first basketball title in school history.

03/24/1962 – Cincinnati 71, Ohio State 59: Cincinnati and Ohio State, again ranked Nos. 1 and 2 at the end of the regular season, became the first teams to play each other in two consecutive NCAA championship games. Unlike the year before, this game was not close. Cincy led by eight at the half and won by 12 as Paul Hogue and Tom Thacker led the way with 22 and 21 points, respectively. When it was over, the Bearcats' second-year coach Ed Jucker had a pair of NCAA titles in two tries.

03/23/1963 – Loyola (Ill.) 60, Cincinnati 58: Despite its No. 3 ranking and a scoring average of 91.8, nobody expected Loyola of Chicago to beat Cincinnati,[citation needed] especially when the Ramblers fell behind by 15 in the second half. But Loyola rallied to send the game into OT and won the title on a last-second rebound and basket by Vic Rouse.

12/21/1981 – Cincinnati 75, Bradley 73: This contest is still listed as the longest game of NCAA Division I history, reaching seven overtimes.[citation needed] Reserve forward Doug Schloemer hit the decisive shot, a left-wing 15-footer with one second remaining in the seventh overtime. If he had missed that jump shot, it would have gone to an eighth overtime.

12/12/1984 – Cincinnati 69, UAB 67: UAB had a one-point lead, but in the waning seconds, Tony Wilson, who was on a track scholarship, hit a 54-foot shot beyond half-court at the buzzer to give Cincinnati a 2-point win at Riverfront Coliseum.[citation needed]

11/25/1989 – Cincinnati 66, Minnesota 64: It was the school's first game under Bob Huggins, in their new arena, the Shoemaker Center. Walk-on Steve Sanders, who was also the school's football team's wide receiver for four years, hit the buzzer-beating three-pointer to give UC a 66–64 win over No. 20 Minnesota.

01/23/1993 – Cincinnati 40, UAB 38: The No. 9 Bearcats were heavily favored playing at home vs an 11–7 UAB team. It was an ugly, very low-scoring affair, where UAB led at halftime 15–11. In a tie game with seconds left, Corie Blount for UC had his shot blocked. It was kicked around and Nick Van Exel recovered it to put up a long two-pointer at the buzzer. Nothing but net. Cats won 40–38.[citation needed]

12/17/1994 – Cincinnati 81, Wyoming 80: UC trailed to Wyoming all game, but when down 2 in the final seconds, LaZelle Durden put up a 3-point attempt as the final horn sounded. He was fouled, but hit all three free throws with no time on the clock. UC won, 81–80, and Durden's 45 points were the most by a Bearcat in 34 years.

03/12/1995 – Cincinnati 67, St. Louis 65: LaZelle Durden fired in the game-winning three-pointer with 1.2 seconds to play in the conference championship game over Saint Louis, giving the Bearcats a 67–65 victory and clinching an NCAA Tournament berth.

02/11/1996 – Arizona, 79, Cincinnati 76: The Bearcats had the ball under their own hoop in a tie game vs Arizona with just a few seconds left. Miles Simon stripped the ball from Danny Fortson, and hit a three-quarter-court buzzer-beater to beat UC, 79–76.

02/06/1997 – Cincinnati 65, Tulane 64: The game was tied at 63 with 2 seconds left, and UC had the ball. Bobby Brannan threw the ball the length of the court. Danny Fortson made the catch near the hoop and laid it in with 0.2 seconds remaining. The majority of the Bearcats bench stormed the court in excitement, thinking the game was over. Cincinnati was given a technical foul for the incident, awarding Tulane two free throws and the ball. Honeycutt only made one of two free throws, and Tulane was unable to score with 0.2 seconds left. Cincinnati won by one.[citation needed]

02/19/1998 – Cincinnati 93, UAB 76: All-American Ruben Patterson was awoken at 6:00 in the morning by Bob Huggins. The coach broke the news to him that his mother had a heart attack overnight and died. Patterson played the game that night anyway, after spending all day crying. He scored a career-high 32 points in a 93–76 win over UAB.[citation needed]

03/15/1998 – West Virginia 75, Cincinnati 74: Cincinnati took a 2-point lead with 7.1 seconds remaining against West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Jarrod West of WV then banked in a 30-foot three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left, a shot that was tipped by Ruben Patterson. West Virginia advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 75–74 win.

11/29/1998 – Cincinnati 77, Duke 75: No. 14 Cincinnati took on No. 1 Duke in the Great Alaska Shootout championship. In a tie game with 3 seconds left, Cincinnati ran a "hook-and-ladder" type play, that had Kenyon Martin hit an open Melvin Levett sprinting towards the hoop. Levett dunked the ball with one second left, and the Bearcats won, 77–75. To this day,[when?] it is their lone win vs a No. 1 team.

03/02/2000 – Cincinnati 66, DePaul 64: DePaul led the No. 2 Bearcats by 17, and by 10 with under 4 minutes remaining. The National POY Kenyon Martin took over, scoring 5 straight field goals for UC and had 2 key blocks down the stretch. With the game tied at 62, freshman DerMarr Johnson hit the game-winning jumper with 2.7 seconds left.

02/22/2002 – Cincinnati 63, Marquette 62: 9th-ranked Marquette led No. 4 Cincinnati by 4 with 30 seconds remaining. Steve Logan hit a three-pointer with 22 seconds left, then after a missed one-and-one free throw by Dwyane Wade, Donald Little hit a jumper with 3 seconds remaining. Cincinnati won 63–62 in their biggest win of the season.[19]

03/08/2006 – Syracuse 74, Cincinnati 73: In the first round of the Big East Tournament, the Bearcats led by one with 8.3 seconds remaining. Devan Downey of UC was at the line shooting two free throws. After making the first, he missed the second. Trailing by 2, Gerry McNamara of Syracuse came down and hit a running one-handed three pointer with 0.5 seconds left, giving Syracuse a one-point win. Cincinnati, who was a bubble team, just barely missed the NCAA Tournament (even with a Joe Lunardi prediction of a 9 seed on the morning of Selection Sunday), snapping their streak of 14 straight appearances.[20]

12/10/2011 – Xavier 76, Cincinnati 53: The 2011 rivalry game with Xavier ended in a bench-clearing brawl between the two teams, with the officials calling an end to the game with less than 10 seconds left. For more details, see 2011 Crosstown Shootout brawl.

03/09/2012 – Cincinnati 71, Syracuse 68: Unranked Cincinnati took on No. 2 Syracuse (31–1) in the Big East Tournament semifinals. The Bearcats were hot out of the gate, hitting 8 of their first 10 three-point attempts and jumping out to a 25–8 lead. Syracuse came roaring back in the game, getting it to a one-point game with a few seconds left. A Justin Jackson dunk with a second remaining capped the Bearcats 71–68 win, the school's highest-ranked victory since 1998.[21]

03/19/2015 – Cincinnati 66, Purdue 65: 8-seeded Cincinnati and 9-seeded Purdue met for the first time in the NCAA Tournament in this round of 64 matchup. In a game that was close the majority of the way, Purdue began to pull away down the stretch. Down 7 with 48 seconds to go, the Bearcats hit a three pointer, forced a turnover, and made an and-one layup, all within 6 seconds to cut it to one. Down two with 7 seconds left, sophomore Troy Caupain drove to the hoop and hit a floater that dramatically spun around the rim, hung on the rim for a second, and fell in, as time expired. In overtime, UC prevailed 66–65, to advance to the round of 32.[22]

03/11/2016 – UConn 104, Cincinnati 97: In a 4-overtime thriller for the ages, Cincinnati and UConn faced off in the AAC Tournament. In the closing seconds of the 3rd overtime, in a tie game, UC guard Kevin Johnson drained a long 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to take a three-point lead. In a desperation heave, Jalen Adams of UConn banked in a 75-footer to extend the game. UConn outscored Cincinnati in the 4th overtime, 16–9, advancing in the conference tournament in which they would end up winning.[23]

03/18/2016 – St. Joe's 78, Cincinnati 76: In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 9-seeded Cincinnati took on 8-seeded St. Joe's. After the Cats clawed back from a second half deficit of 12 points, St. Joe's drained a 3-pointer with under 10 seconds left to take a two-point lead. Cincy guard Troy Caupain drove the length of the floor to the hoop, and got the ball to Octavius Ellis after being swarmed by a double-team. Ellis attempted to quickly slam it home, only to discover his dunk was 0.1 seconds too late. Time expired. St. Joe's advanced.[24]

03/11/2018 – Houston 55, Cincinnati 56: Cincinnati met the nationally ranked Houston Cougars for the third time this season, having split the regular season 1-1. The rubber match came in the finals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament, with both schools seeking their first ever AAC tournament title. Gary Clark and company were able to cut down the nets for the first time in their collegiate careers, as Houston's star Rob Gray turned the ball over on the game's final possession.[25]

03/18/2018 – Nevada 75, Cincinnati 73: With the "South bracket" in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament shaping up in Cincinnati's favor, the Bearcats seemed prime for continued March success as they led Nevada by 22 points with 11 minutes remaining. Nevada mounted a furious comeback, scoring 16 straight points over the next 3 minutes. The game continued to be touch and go for the remainder of the half, with an overwhelming amount of foul calls against the Bearcats. With 9 seconds left, Nevada took their first and only lead of the game at 75-73. The Bearcats dribbled the full length of the court but bobbled the ball and never got a clean look as time expired and Nevada tied the second largest comeback to-date in NCAA Tournament history.[26]

Postseason history[edit]

NCAA Tournament seeding history[edit]

Years → '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18
Seeds→ 4 2 8 7 2 3 2 3 2 5 1 8 4 7 6 6 10 5 8 9 6 2

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Bearcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 32 times. Their combined record is 46–29. They have been to six Final Fours, including five in a row from 1959–1963, and are two time National Champions (1961, 1962).

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1958 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Kansas State
L 80–83OT
W 97–62
1959 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Kansas State
W 77–72
W 85–75
L 58–64
W 98–85
1960 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
W 99–59
W 82–71
L 69–77
W 95–71
1961 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Texas Tech
Kansas State
Ohio State
W 78–55
W 69–64
W 82–67
W 70–65OT
1962 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Ohio State
W 66–46
W 73–46
W 72–70
W 71–59
1963 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Oregon State
W 73–68
W 67–60
W 80–46
L 58–60OT
1966 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Texas Western
L 76–78
L 84–89
1975 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Texas A&M
Notre Dame
W 87–79
L 63–78
W 95–87
1976 First Round Notre Dame L 78–79
1977 First Round Marquette L 51–66
1992 No. 4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
No. 13 Delaware
No. 5 Michigan State
No. 9 UTEP
No. 6 Memphis
No. 6 Michigan
W 85–47
W 77–65
W 69–67
W 88–57
L 72–76
1993 No. 2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
No. 15 Coppin State
No. 7 New Mexico State
No. 6 Virginia
No. 1 North Carolina
W 93–66
W 92–55
W 71–54
L 68–75OT
1994 No. 8 First Round No. 9 Wisconsin L 72–80
1995 No. 7 First Round
Second Round
No. 10 Temple
No. 2 Connecticut
W 77–71
L 91–96
1996 No. 2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
No. 15 UNC Greensboro
No. 7 Temple
No. 3 Georgia Tech
No. 5 Mississippi State
W 66–61
W 78–65
W 87–70
L 63–73
1997 No. 3 First Round
Second Round
No. 14 Butler
No. 6 Iowa State
W 86–69
L 67–66
1998 No. 2 First Round
Second Round
No. 15 Northern Arizona
No. 10 West Virginia
W 65–62
L 74–75
1999 No. 3 First Round
Second Round
No. 14 George Mason
No. 6 Temple
W 72–48
L 54–64
2000 No. 2 First Round
Second Round
No. 15 UNC Wilmington
No. 7 Tulsa
W 64–47
L 61–69
2001 No. 5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 12 BYU
No. 13 Kent State
No. 1 Stanford
W 84–59
W 66–43
L 65–78
2002 No. 1 First Round
Second Round
No. 16 Boston University
No. 8 UCLA
W 90–52
L 101–105
2003 No. 8 First Round No. 9 Gonzaga L 69–74
2004 No. 4 First Round
Second Round
No. 13 East Tennessee State
No. 5 Illinois
W 80–77
L 68–92
2005 No. 7 First Round
Second Round
No. 10 Iowa
No. 2 Kentucky
W 76–64
L 60–69
2011 No. 6 First Round
Second Round
No. 11 Missouri
No. 3 Connecticut
W 78–63
L 58–69
2012 No. 6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 11 Texas
No. 3 Florida State
No. 2 Ohio State
W 65–59
W 62–56
L 66–81
2013 No. 10 First Round No. 7 Creighton L 63–67
2014 No. 5 First Round No. 12 Harvard L 57–61
2015 No. 8 First Round
Second Round
No. 9 Purdue
No. 1 Kentucky
W 66–65
L 51–64
2016 No. 9 First Round No. 8 Saint Joseph's L 76–78
2017 No. 6 First Round
Second Round
No. 11 Kansas State
No. 3 UCLA
W 75–61
L 67–79
2018 No. 2 First Round
Second Round
No. 15 Georgia State
No. 7 Nevada
W 68–53
L 73–75


Cincinnati has had 30 different players receive All-American honors while at UC. The award has been given to a Consensus 1st-Team All-American 8 times.[27]

Consensus 1st Team All-Americans[edit]

Consensus 2nd Team, 3rd Team, Freshmen, and Honorable Mention All-Americans[edit]

McDonald's All-Americans[edit]

The following were McDonald's All-Americans in high school that committed to, and played for, the University of Cincinnati.

(**) Originally played collegiate basketball elsewhere, but transferred to Cincinnati.

Player of the Year awards[edit]


Retired jerseys[edit]

Cincinnati Bearcats retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
4 Kenyon Martin C 1996–00
12 Oscar Robertson G 1957–60
27 Jack Twyman F 1951–55


All-time scoring leaders[edit]

Rank Player Number Years Games Points AVG
1 Oscar Robertson #12 1957–1960
2,973 33.8
2 Sean Kilpatrick #23 2010–2014
2,145 15.3
3 Steve Logan #22 1998–2002
1,985 14.7
4 Deonta Vaughn #5 2006–2010
1,885 14.6
5 Danny Fortson #25 1994–1997
1,881 18.8
6 Roger McClendon #21 1984–1988
1,789 15.7
7 Pat Cummings #6 1975–1979
1,762 17.1
8 Ron Bonham #21 1961–1964
1,666 19.6
9 Louis Banks #25 1987–1991
1,644 13.9
10 Jack Twyman #27 1951–1955
1,598 17.8

1000-Point Club – Career Scoring Leaders[31]

Bearcats in the NBA[edit]

The Bearcats have had 34 players play in the NBA, spanning seven decades.[32]

Player Years Seasons Draft NBA Earnings NBA Accomplishments
Jim Holstein 1952–1956 4 Territorial choice
NBA champion
Jack Twyman* 1955–1966 11 Territorial choice
NBA All-Star, 2× All-NBA Second Team, No. 27 retired by Cincinnati Royals. An NBA award introduced in 2013, the Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, is named in part for him.
Connie Dierking 1958–1971 13 1st round, 6th overall
Wayne Stevens 1959–1960 1 7th round, 49th overall
Ralph Davis 1960–1962 2 3rd round, 17th overall
Oscar Robertson* 1960–1974 14 1st round, 1st overall
12× NBA All-Star, 9× All-NBA First Team, NBA champion, NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, 6× NBA assists leader, all-time triple-double leader, No. 14 and No. 1 retired by the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks
Bob Wiesenhahn 1961–1962 1 2nd round, 11th overall
Paul Hogue 1962–1964 2 1st round, 2nd overall
Tom Thacker 1963–1971 8 Territorial choice
NBA champion
Ron Bonham 1964–1968 3 2nd round, 16th overall
NBA champion
George Wilson 1964–1971 7 Territorial choice
Roland West 1967–1968 1 8th round, 73rd overall
Rick Roberson 1969–1976 7 1st round, 15th overall
Jim Ard 1970–1978 8 1st round, 6th overall
NBA champion
Derrek Dickey 1973–1978 5 2nd round, 29th overall
NBA champion
Lloyd Batts 1974–1975 1 4th round, 60th overall
Pat Cummings 1979–1989 10 3rd round, 59th overall
Bob Miller 1983–1984 1 4th round, 58th overall
Corie Blount 1993–2005 12 1st round, 25th overall $14,441,735
Nick Van Exel 1993–2006 13 2nd round, 37th overall $74,408,867 NBA All-Star, NBA All-Rookie Second Team, Top 25 all-time in made 3-point FGs
Dontonio Wingfield 1994–1998 4 2nd round, 37th overall $1,475,000
Danny Fortson 1997–2007 10 1st round, 10th overall $42,145,240
Ruben Patterson 1998–2008 10 2nd round, 31st overall $36,858,397
DerMarr Johnson 2000–2008 7 1st round, 6th overall $9,283,842
Kenyon Martin 2000–2015 15 1st round, 1st overall $113,035,975 NBA All-Star, NBA All-Rookie First Team, started in 10 NBA Finals games
Art Long 2001–2004 3 Undrafted $720,093
Kenny Satterfield 2001–2003 2 2nd round, 54th overall $845,252
Tony Bobbitt 2004–2005 1 Undrafted $305,403
Jason Maxiell 2005–2015 10 1st round, 26th overall $28,614,821
Robert Whaley 2005–2006 1 2nd round, 51st overall $481,788
James White 2006–2013 3 2nd round, 31st overall $1,672,542 NBA champion, NBA Slam Dunk Contest participant
Lance Stephenson 2010–present 8 2nd round, 40th overall $30,986,672 2013–14 triple-doubles leader
Sean Kilpatrick 2015–present 4 Undrafted $2,989,591
Jacob Evans 2018–present 1 1st round, 28th overall $3,370,822
*Basketball Hall of Famer

Fifth Third Arena[edit]

The Bearcats have played their home games in Fifth Third Arena since 1989. The arena is on-campus and has a capacity of 13,176 (with room for overflow). It is located in the Myrl H. Shoemaker Center, which was also the name of the arena until 2005, when it was named for Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank. It is still popularly known as "The Shoe". The Bearcats closed out Fifth Third Arena (pre-2018 renovation) with an all-time home record of 389–79 (.831), along with an active 26-game home winning streak. The Bearcats held a 42-game win streak from 1997–2000 as well. In the 1999–2000 season, every Bearcat home game was sold out. During the Bob Huggins era, it was known as one of the most hostile arenas in the nation due to the high decibel levels typical of his tenure.

On December 15, 2015, The UC Board of Trustees approved an $87-million, privately funded renovation of Fifth Third Arena.[33] Proposed improvements to the facility, include the creation of a 360-degree seating bowl, new HD scoreboard, ribbon boards, sound system, an LED lighting system which will allow for enhanced gameday presentation, new restroom and concession facilities, a new upper-level concourse with its own fan amenities, expanded food and beverage options and a new main entrance and plaza with centralized ticketing and guest services. The renovated arena also will feature upgraded locker room spaces, expanded premium seating options, including a courtside club, arena club and concourse club as well as enclosed suites, loge seating, a new Bearcats Lounge and super suites. During the meeting, trustee Rob Richardson Jr. said the upgraded facility would support the university's objective to join a power athletic conference and in student-athlete recruitment. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2017 and be completed in fall 2018.[34] During the 2017–18 school year, men's basketball home games will be moved to BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, while women's basketball and volleyball home games will be moved to the campus of St. Ursula Academy.[35]

Season-by-season record at Fifth Third Arena[edit]

  • 1989–90: 10–4
  • 1990–91: 12–4
  • 1991–92: 15–2
  • 1992–93: 14–0
  • 1993–94: 18–2
  • 1994–95: 9–4
  • 1995–96: 13–1
  • 1996–97: 13–3
  • 1997–98: 19–1
  • 1998–99: 14–0
  • 1999–00: 13–1
  • 2000–01: 11–3
  • 2001–02: 15–0
  • 2002–03: 13–3
  • 2003–04: 18–1
  • 2004–05: 15–2
  • 2005–06: 14–5
  • 2006–07: 10–8
  • 2007–08: 10–7
  • 2008–09: 14–5
  • 2009–10: 12–4
  • 2010–11: 15–3
  • 2011–12: 14–4
  • 2012–13: 13–5
  • 2013–14: 18–1
  • 2014–15: 15–3
  • 2015–16: 14–3
  • 2016–17: 18–0
  • 2017–18: 0–0 (14–1 record at BB&T Arena)

OVERALL: 389–80 (.829)

Season by season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Henry Pratt (Independent) (1901–1902)
1901–02 Cincinnati 5–4
Anthony Chez (Independent) (1902–1904)
1902–03 Cincinnati 4–4
1903–04 Cincinnati 8–6
Anthony Chez: 12–10 (.545)
Amos Foster (Independent) (1904–1909)
1904–05 Cincinnati 6–3
1905–06 Cincinnati 2–1
1906–07 Cincinnati 7–2
1907–08 Cincinnati 9–0
1908–09 Cincinnati 6–4
Amos Foster: 30–10 (.750)
C.A. Schroetter (Independent) (1909–1910)
1909–10 Cincinnati 3–2
Russ Easton (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1910–1914)
1910–11 Cincinnati 3–6 1–2
1911–12 Cincinnati 2–9 1–6
1912–13 Cincinnati 4–7 3–3
1913–14 Cincinnati 2–8 2–5
Russ Easton: 11–30 (.268) 7–16 (.304)
George Little (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1914–1916)
1914–15 Cincinnati 3–8 3–7
1915–16 Cincinnati 1–9 1–7
George Little: 4–17 (.190) 4–14 (.222)
Ion Cortright (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1916–1917)
1916–17 Cincinnati 3–8 3–8
Whitelaw Morrison (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1917–1918)
1917–18 Cincinnati 2–6 2–6
Boyd Chambers (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1918–1925)
1918–19 Cincinnati 3–11 1–7
1919–20 Cincinnati 5–9 4–6
1920–21 Cincinnati 10–11 4–8
1921–22 Cincinnati 15–8 8–4
1922–23 Cincinnati 13–9 7–7
1923–24 Cincinnati 11–8 10–4
1924–25 Cincinnati 5–14 1–11
Boyd Chambers (Buckeye Athletic Association) (1925–1928)
1925–26 Cincinnati 17–2 9–1 1st
1926–27 Cincinnati 13–5 5–5 3rd
1927–28 Cincinnati 14–4 8–2 1st
Boyd Chambers: 106–81 (.567) 57–55 (.509)
Frank Rice (Buckeye Athletic Association) (1928–1932)
1928–29 Cincinnati 13–4 7–3 1st
1929–30 Cincinnati 14–4 7–3 1st
1930–31 Cincinnati 2–15 2–6 5th
1931–32 Cincinnati 4–11 2–10 7th
Frank Rice: 33–34 (.493) 18–22 (.450)
John Halliday (Buckeye Athletic Association) (1932–1933)
1932–33 Cincinnati 9–9 4–6 4th
Tay Brown (Buckeye Athletic Association) (1933–1937)
1933–34 Cincinnati 12–7 6–4 2nd
1934–35 Cincinnati 16–3 6–2 2nd
1935–36 Cincinnati 10–7 8–2 2nd
1936–37 Cincinnati 9–10 6–4 3rd
Tay Brown: 47–27 (.635) 26–12 (.684)
Rip Van Winkle (Independent) (1937–1939)
1937–38 Cincinnati 6–11
1938–39 Cincinnati 12–5
Rip Van Winkle: 18–16 (.529)
Clark Ballard (Independent) (1939–1942)
1939–40 Cincinnati 8–9
1940–41 Cincinnati 6–12
1941–42 Cincinnati 10–10
Clark Ballard: 24–31 (.436)
Bob Ruess (Independent) (1942–1944)
1942–43 Cincinnati 9–10
1943–44 Cincinnati 6–5
Bob Ruess: 15–15 (.500)
Ray Farnham (Independent) (1944–1946)
1944–45 Cincinnati 8–9
1945–46 Cincinnati 8–13
Ray Farnham: 16–22 (.421)
John Wiethe (Mid-American Conference) (1946–1952)
1946–47 Cincinnati 17–9 6–2 1st
1947–48 Cincinnati 17–7 7–2 1st
1948–49 Cincinnati 23–5 9–1 1st
1949–50 Cincinnati 20–6 10–0 1st
1950–51 Cincinnati 18–4 7–1 1st NIT First round
1951–52 Cincinnati 11–16 5–5 5th
John Wiethe: 106–47 (.693) 44–11 (.800)
George Smith (Mid-American Conference) (1952–1953)
1952–53 Cincinnati 11–13 9–3 2nd
George Smith (Independent) (1953–1957)
1953–54 Cincinnati 11–10
1954–55 Cincinnati 21–8 NIT Third Place
1955–56 Cincinnati 17–7
1956–57 Cincinnati 15–9 NIT First round
George Smith (Missouri Valley Conference) (1957–1960)
1957–58 Cincinnati 25–3 13–1 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1958–59 Cincinnati 26–4 13–1 1st NCAA Final Four
1959–60 Cincinnati 28–2 13–1 1st NCAA Final Four
George Smith: 154–56 (.733) 48–6 (.889)
Ed Jucker (Missouri Valley Conference) (1960–1965)
1960–61 Cincinnati 27–3 10–2 1st NCAA Champion
1961–62 Cincinnati 29–2 10–2 1st NCAA Champion
1962–63 Cincinnati 26–2 11–1 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1963–64 Cincinnati 17–9 6–6 4th
1964–65 Cincinnati 14–12 5–9 7th
Ed Jucker: 113–28 (.801) 42–20 (.677)
Tay Baker (Missouri Valley Conference) (1965–1970)
1965–66 Cincinnati 21–7 10–4 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1966–67 Cincinnati 17–9 6–8 4th
1967–68 Cincinnati 18–8 11–5 3rd
1968–69 Cincinnati 17–9 8–8 4th
1969–70 Cincinnati 21–6 12–4 2nd NIT First round
Tay Baker (Independent) (1970–1972)
1970–71 Cincinnati 14–12
1971–72 Cincinnati 17–9
Tay Baker: 125–60 (.676) 47–29 (.618)
Gale Catlett (Independent) (1972–1975)
1972–73 Cincinnati 17–9
1973–74 Cincinnati 19–8 NIT First round
1974–75 Cincinnati 23–6 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Gale Catlett (Metro Conference) (1975–1978)
1975–76 Cincinnati 25–6 2–1 2nd NCAA First Round
1976–77 Cincinnati 25–5 4–2 2nd NCAA First Round
1977–78 Cincinnati 17–10 6–6 4th
Gale Catlett: 126–44 (.741) 12–9 (.571)
Ed Badger (Metro Conference) (1978–1983)
1978–79 Cincinnati 13–14 4–6 4th
1979–80 Cincinnati 13–15 3–9 6th
1980–81 Cincinnati 16–13 6–6 3rd
1981–82 Cincinnati 15–12 4–8 5th
1982–83 Cincinnati 11–17 1–11 7th
Ed Badger: 68–71 (.489) 18–40 (.310)
Tony Yates (Metro Conference) (1983–1989)
1983–84 Cincinnati 3–25 0–14 8th
1984–85 Cincinnati 17–14 8–6 3rd NIT Second round
1985–86 Cincinnati 12–16 5–7 5th
1986–87 Cincinnati 12–16 3–9 7th
1987–88 Cincinnati 11–17 3–9 7th
1988–89 Cincinnati 15–12 5–7 5th
Tony Yates: 70–100 (.412) 24–52 (.316)
Bob Huggins (Metro Conference) (1989–1991)
1989–90 Cincinnati 20–14 9–5 2nd NIT Second round
1990–91 Cincinnati 18–12 8–6 3rd NIT Second round
Bob Huggins (Great Midwest Conference) (1991–1995)
1991–92 Cincinnati 29–5 8–2 T–1st NCAA Final Four
1992–93 Cincinnati 27–5 8–2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1993–94 Cincinnati 22–10 7–5 4th NCAA First Round
1994–95 Cincinnati 23–11 7–5 3rd NCAA Second Round
Bob Huggins (Conference USA) (1995–2005)
1995–96 Cincinnati 28–5 11–3 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1996–97 Cincinnati 26–8 14–2 1st NCAA Second Round
1997–98 Cincinnati 27–6 12–4 1st NCAA Second Round
1998–99 Cincinnati 27–6 12–4 1st (American) NCAA Second Round
1999–00 Cincinnati 29–4 16–0 1st (American) NCAA First Round
2000–01 Cincinnati 25–10 11–5 1st (American) NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2001–02 Cincinnati 31–4 14–2 1st (American) NCAA Second Round
2002–03 Cincinnati 17–12 9–7 T–4th NCAA First Round
2003–04 Cincinnati 25–7 12–4 T–1st NCAA Second Round
2004–05 Cincinnati 25–8 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Second Round
Bob Huggins: 398–128 (.757) 170–60 (.739)
Andy Kennedy (Big East Conference) (2005–2006)
2005–06 Cincinnati 21–13 8–8 8th NIT Elite Eight
Mick Cronin (Big East Conference) (2006–2013)
2006–07 Cincinnati 11–19 2–14 16th
2007–08 Cincinnati 13–19 8–10 10th CBI First round
2008–09 Cincinnati 18–14 8–10 10th
2009–10 Cincinnati 19–16 7–11 11th NIT Second round
2010–11 Cincinnati 26–9 11–7 6th NCAA Second Round
2011–12 Cincinnati 26–11 12–6 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2012–13 Cincinnati 22–12 9–9 8th NCAA First Round
Mick Cronin (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Cincinnati 27–7 15–3 T-1st NCAA First Round
2014–15 Cincinnati 23–11 13–5 3rd NCAA First Round
2015–16 Cincinnati 22–11 12–6 3rd NCAA Round of 64
2016–17 Cincinnati 30–6 16–2 2nd NCAA Round of 32
2017–18 Cincinnati 31–5 16–2 1st NCAA Round of 32
Mick Cronin: 268–140 (.657) 129–85 (.603)
Total: 1786–1008

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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