Sporting News Has Bearcats 18th in Preseason Poll
The Bearcats are looking to make third consecutive trip to NCAA tournament.

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
1. Indiana
2. Louisville
3. Ohio State
4. Kentucky
5. Michigan
6. Duke
7. Syracuse
8. Arizona
9. N.C. State
10. Missouri
11. UCLA
12. Kansas
13. North Carolina
14. Creighton
15. Memphis
16. Florida
17. Wisconsin
18. Cincinnati
19. San Diego State
20. UNLV
21. Gonzaga
22. Michigan State
23. Murray State
24. Notre Dame
25. VCU

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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