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Cincinnati Bearcats
2014–15 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team
Cincinnati Bearcats athletic logo
University University of Cincinnati
All-time record 1672–971 (.633)
Conference The American
Location Cincinnati, OH
Head coach Mick Cronin (9th year)
Arena Fifth Third Arena
(Capacity: 13,176)
Nickname Bearcats

Red, Black, and White

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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 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
Conference tournament champions
1976, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004
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

The Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball program represents the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school's team competes in the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats are coached by Mick Cronin, who is in his 9th season as UC's head coach.

With over 1600 wins, the Bearcats are one of the 25 most winningest basketball programs of all-time. The school's merits include two national titles, six Final Fours, and 28 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearances. Cincinnati has appeared in the last four NCAA Tournaments, and 18 of the last 23, with an all-time tournament record of 43–27. They have also had 30 All-Americans.

The Bearcats have been playing their home games since 1989 at Fifth Third Arena, which holds 13,176 fans. Cincinnati joined the Big East Conference in the 2005–06 season after previously participating in Conference USA. After the Big East turned into a Private Catholic basketball conference in 2013, Cincinnati joined the American Athletic Conference.

By the numbers[edit]

Statistics and NCAA rankings (through the end of the 2013–14 season):

  • Wins: 1673 (21st)[1]
  • Win percentage: .633 (21st)[1]
  • National titles: 2 (T-9th)[2]
  • Final Fours: 6 (T-10th)[3]
  • NCAA Tournament appearances: 28 (T-19th)[4]
  • NCAA Tournament games played: 70 (17th)[5]
  • NCAA Tournament wins: 43 (17th)[5]
  • NCAA Tournament win %: .614 (24th)[5]
  • Weeks in the AP Top 25: 388 (12th)[6]
  • Weeks in the AP Top 10: 203 (12th)[7]
  • Weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll: 45 (7th)[8]
  • School's longest streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances: 14 (1992-2005) (T-10th longest)[9]
  • First-team Consensus All-American selections: 8 (T-22nd)[10]
  • Current players in the NBA: 4 (T-21st)[11]
  • First school to reach three consecutive National Title games (1961–63)[12]
  • First school to reach five consecutive Final Fours (1959–63)[12]


1901 – The beginning[edit]

Basketball formally debuted as a selected varsity team and played nine games. Cincinnati lost to Yale but defeated a team from the University of Kentucky while compiling a 5–4 record, the remaining games being against non-collegiate teams. Home games were played in a gym in the basement of McMicken Hall. Pillars on the court gave UC a home-court advantage.

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, 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. With a rookie head coach (Ed Jucker) and without Robertson, the Bearcats won their first national title in 1960-61. Then to prove that its 1961 championship was no fluke, UC repeated as champion in 1961-62. Cincinnati made a then-unprecedented 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 post-season appearances, 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 rough times in the 1980s, going 112–142 in that period. Tony Yates, a member of the national championship teams in the 1960s, was hired as head coach in 1983. In his first season, UC went 3-25 (0–14 in conference), the school's worst season (winning-percentage-wise) since going 1-9 in 1915. He was fired after the 1989 season.

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

Bob Huggins, who was named head coach in 1989, rekindled those national championship expectations in only his third season at the helm when he directed UC to the Final Four. 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 won its conference season and/or tournament title in 12 years out of a 13-year span (1992-2004). UC claimed eight league tournament titles and 10 regular season crowns during this span.

Fifteen Bearcats have 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. The Bearcats made it to the NCAA Tournament a school-record 14 consecutive years in Huggins' tenure.

After a DUI in 2004 and a string of players having academic and behavioral issues, school president Nancy Zimpher asked coach Bob Huggins to resign in August 2005. The school promoted assistant coach Andy Kennedy to interim head coach for the 2005 season.

2006–present – Resurrecting a gutted program[edit]

In the spring of 2006, Mick Cronin was hired as Cincinnati's coach, replacing interim coach Andy Kennedy after the dismissal of Bob Huggins.[13] Cronin had to pick up the pieces from a depleted program after Huggins was asked to resign three months before the 2005 season, and a temporary coach was used for a 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 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. Since the beginning of the 2010 season, The Bearcats have amassed a 101-39 record and have appeared in four straight NCAA Tournaments along with a Sweet Sixteen appearance. UC also, for the first time in their 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).

At the start of the 2013-14 season, Cincinnati received just one vote in the Preseason AP Poll. The Bearcats got off to a hot start and picked up their 20th win on January 30, 2014, 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.


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 then-unprecedented 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 then-unprecedented 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.


Notable games[edit]

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 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. 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.

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.

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 strips the ball from Danny Fortson, and hits a three-quarters 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 makes the catch near the hoop and lays 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.

02/19/1998 – Cincinnati 93, UAB 76: All-American Ruben Patterson was awoken at 6:00 am this morning by Bob Huggins. The coach broke the news to him that his mother had a heart attack overnight and didn't make it. Ruben 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.

03/15/1998 – West Virginia 75, Cincinnati 74: Cincinnati took a 2 point lead with 7.1 seconds remaining against West Virginia in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Jarrod West of WV then came down and banked in a 30 foot 3-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.[15]

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.[16]

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, 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.[17]

03/18/2012 – Cincinnati 62, Florida State 56: Underdog and 6-seeded Cincinnati took on 3-seeded Florida State to get to the Sweet Sixteen. The game was neck and neck the entire way; neither team had a lead of over 5 points until under a minute remained. With the game tied at 50 and 1:33 remaining, Dion Dixon made a steal in the backcourt and slammed it home to give UC a two-point lead. The Bearcats never looked back, and defeated their first higher-seeded opponent in the NCAA Tournament in school history. It also gave them their first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2001.[18]

Postseason history[edit]

NCAA Tournament seeding history[edit]

Years → '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14
Seeds→ 4 2 8 7 2 3 2 3 2 5 1 8 4 7 6 6 10 5

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Bearcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 28 times. Their combined record is 43–27. They have been to six Final Four's, 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
Second Round
Texas A&M
W 87–79
L 63–78
1976 First Round Notre Dame L 78–79
1977 First Round Marquette L 51–66
1992 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#13 Delaware
#5 Michigan State
#6 Memphis
#6 Michigan
W 85–47
W 77–65
W 69–67
W 88–57
L 72–76
1993 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Coppin State
#7 New Mexico State
#6 Virginia
#1 North Carolina
W 93–66
W 92–55
W 71–54
L 68–75OT
1994 #8 First Round #9 Wisconsin L 72–80
1995 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Temple
#2 Connecticut
W 77–71
L 91–96
1996 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 UNC Greensboro
#7 Temple
#3 Georgia Tech
#5 Mississippi State
W 66–61
W 78–65
W 87–70
L 63–73
1997 #3 First Round
Second Round
#14 Butler
#6 Iowa State
W 86–69
L 67–66
1998 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Northern Arizona
#10 West Virginia
W 65–62
L 74–75
1999 #3 First Round
Second Round
#14 George Mason
#6 Temple
W 72–48
L 54–64
2000 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 UNC Wilmington
#7 Tulsa
W 64–47
L 61–69
2001 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 BYU
#13 Kent State
#1 Stanford
W 84–59
W 66–43
L 65–78
2002 #1 First Round
Second Round
#16 Boston University
W 90–52
L 101–105
2003 #8 First Round #9 Gonzaga L 69–74
2004 #4 First Round
Second Round
#13 East Tennessee State
#5 Illinois
W 80–77
L 68–92
2005 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Iowa
#2 Kentucky
W 76–64
L 60–69
2011 #6 Second Round
Third Round
#11 Missouri
#3 Connecticut
W 78–63
L 58–69
2012 #6 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Texas
#3 Florida State
#2 Ohio State
W 65–59
W 62–56
L 66–81
2013 #10 Second Round #7 Creighton L 63–67
2014 #5 Second Round #12 Harvard L 57–61


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.[19]

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.

(**Transferred from Florida after freshman year)

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


Bearcats in the NBA[edit]

The Bearcats have had 34 players play in the NBA, spanning seven decades.[24]

Player Years Seasons Draft NBA accomplishments
Jim Holstein 1952–1956 4 Territorial choice NBA champion
Jack Twyman* 1955–1966 11 Territorial choice NBA All-Star, 2× All-NBA 2nd 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, 1× NBA champion, 1× NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, 6× NBA assists 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
Nick Van Exel 1993–2006 13 2nd round, 37th overall NBA All-Star
Dontonio Wingfield 1994–1998 4 2nd round, 37th overall
Danny Fortson 1997–2007 10 1st round, 10th overall
Ruben Patterson 1998–2008 10 2nd round, 31st overall
DerMarr Johnson 2000–2008 7 1st round, 6th overall
Kenyon Martin 2000–2014 14 1st round, 1st overall NBA All-Star, NBA All-Rookie First Team
Art Long 2001–2004 3 Undrafted, signed
Kenny Satterfield 2001–2003 2 2nd round, 54th overall
Tony Bobbitt 2004–2005 1 Undrafted, signed
Jason Maxiell 2005–present 8 1st round, 26th overall
Robert Whaley 2005–2006 1 2nd round, 51st overall
James White 2006–2013 3 2nd round, 31st overall NBA champion
Lance Stephenson 2010–present 4 2nd round, 40th overall
*Basketball Hall of Famer

Rivalry with Xavier[edit]

Cincinnati has always had a very heated rivalry with the Xavier Musketeers. They have played in the Crosstown Classic, formerly Crosstown Shootout, annually since 1945, and the first game being in 1927. The two schools are separated by 3 miles (4.8 km) in Cincinnati, making it one of the closest major rivalries in the country. ESPN's Jay Bilas was quoted as saying, "Cincinnati and Xavier have created a rivalry that is unparalleled when it comes to outright passion and civic division." [25]

Cincinnati leads the series all-time at 49-32, but since 1996, Xavier is 12-6 in the big game. The game alternated between the two school's campus arenas for years, but in June 2012, both schools agreed to begin hosting the game at US Bank Arena, a neutral arena downtown. A contract was signed to play two games there. Now that both have been played, it is uncertain whether the rivalry will continue downtown in 2014-15, or move back to the on-campus arenas.

There had been much trash talking and shoving and many technicals leading up to the 2011 game. In that game, with around 8 seconds remaining, a brawl broke out. Both benches were cleared and punches were thrown by many. Eight players were suspended, four from each school. This is the main reason for the game being moved to a neutral location. The brawl is considered by many to be one of the more intense college basketball brawls in recent memory.[citation needed]

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 Intercollegiate 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 Intercollegiate 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 Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1932–1933)
1932-33 Cincinnati 9-9 4-6 4th
Tay Brown (Buckeye Intercollegiate 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 Sweet Sixteen
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 3rd Place
1955-56 Cincinnati 17-7
1956-57 Cincinnati 15-9 NIT Sweet Sixteen
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 Sweet Sixteen
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 Sweet Sixteen
1974-75 Cincinnati 23-6 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Gale Catlett (Metro Conference) (1975–1978)
1975-76 Cincinnati 25-6 2-1 2nd NCAA Round of 32
1976-77 Cincinnati 25-5 4-2 2nd NCAA Round of 32
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 Sweet Sixteen
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 Sweet Sixteen
1990–91 Cincinnati 18–12 8–6 3rd NIT Sweet Sixteen
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 Round of 64
1994–95 Cincinnati 23–11 7–5 3rd NCAA Round of 32
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 Round of 32
1997–98 Cincinnati 27–6 12–4 1st NCAA Round of 32
1998–99 Cincinnati 27–6 12–4 1st (American) NCAA Round of 32
1999–00 Cincinnati 29–4 16–0 1st (American) NCAA Round of 32
2000–01 Cincinnati 25–10 11–5 1st (American) NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2001–02 Cincinnati 31–4 14–2 1st (American) NCAA Round of 32
2002–03 Cincinnati 17–12 9–7 T–4th NCAA Round of 64
2003–04 Cincinnati 25–7 12–4 T–1st NCAA Round of 32
2004–05 Cincinnati 25–8 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Round of 32
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 1st Round
2008–09 Cincinnati 18–14 8–10 10th
2009–10 Cincinnati 19–16 7–11 11th NIT 2nd Round
2010–11 Cincinnati 26–9 11–7 6th NCAA Round of 32
2011–12 Cincinnati 26–11 12–6 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2012–13 Cincinnati 22–12 9–9 8th NCAA 2nd Round
Mick Cronin (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Cincinnati 27–7 15–3 T-1st NCAA 2nd Round
2014–15 Cincinnati 7–2 0–0 T-1st
Mick Cronin: 169–109 (.608) 72–70 (.507)
Total: 1679–973

      National 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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