Men's Basketball |
Oct. 3, 2012
Sporting News Preseason Men's Basketball Poll
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team is listed No. 18 in the Sporting News Preseason Top 25 poll released Tuesday.
"This is one of the deepest and most physical teams in Division I," says Mike DeCourcy, the publication's college basketball columnist. "Having a warrior such as Jaquon Parker to play small forward shows how rugged this team can be. He averaged 5.6 rebounds and pulled down double figures against Florida State's nasty frontcourt. Becoming a serious Final Four contender will require juicing the offense. That will start with pushing the ball more frequently in transition and using the abundance of solid bench players to great effect."
The preseason poll includes three other BIG EAST Conference teams in No. 2 Louisville, No. 7 Syracuse and No. 24 Notre Dame.
Sporting News 2012-13 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
3. Ohio State
9. N.C. State
13. North Carolina
19. San Diego State
22. Michigan State
23. Murray State
24. Notre Dame
The 2012-13 Bearcats return three starters - guards Sean Kilpatrick, Jaquon Parker and Cashmere Wright - from last season's squad that advanced to the NCAA Championship Sweet 16 and the title game of the BIG EAST Championship while posting a 26-11 overall record. In all, 10 letterwinners return from a team that defeated a school-record eight ranked opponents and set school benchmarks for best finish (tied for fourth) and most wins (12) in BIG EAST play.
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