Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball
|University||University of Cincinnati|
|All-time record||1717–993 (.634)|
|Conference||American Athletic Conference|
|Head coach||Mick Cronin (11th year)|
|Arena||Fifth Third Arena
|Colors||Black and Red
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|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, 2015, 2016|
|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 has been UC's head coach for a decade now.
With over 1700 wins, the Bearcats are one of the 20 winningest basketball programs of all-time. The school's merits include two national titles, six Final Fours, and 30 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearances. Cincinnati has appeared in the last six NCAA Tournaments, and 20 of the last 25, with an all-time tournament record of 44–29. 30 All-Americans have played for the Bearcats as well.
Cincinnati has been playing its 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 splintered in 2013, Cincinnati and the football-playing schools re-branded the league as the American Athletic Conference.
- 1 By the numbers
- 2 History
- 3 Notable seasons
- 4 Notable games
- 5 Postseason history
- 6 All-Americans
- 7 Player of the Year awards
- 8 Retired jerseys
- 9 All-time scoring leaders
- 10 Bearcats in the NBA
- 11 Fifth Third Arena
- 12 Season by season results
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
By the numbers
Statistics and NCAA rankings (through the end of the 2015–16 season):
- Wins: 1717 (20th)
- Win percentage: .634 (21st)
- National titles: 2 (T-9th)
- Final Fours: 6 (T-10th)
- NCAA Tournament appearances: 30 (T-16th)
- NCAA Tournament games played: 73 (16th)
- NCAA Tournament wins: 44 (16th)
- NCAA Tournament win %: .614 (24th)
- Weeks in the AP Top 25: 394 (13th)
- Weeks in the AP Top 10: 203 (13th)
- Weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll: 45 (7th)
- School's longest streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances: 14 (1992-2005) (T-10th longest)
- First-team Consensus All-American selections: 8 (T-22nd)
- Current players in the NBA: 4 (T-21st)
- First school to reach three consecutive National Title games (1961–63)
- First school to reach five consecutive Final Fours (1959–63)
1901 – The beginning
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
In the spring of 2006, Mick Cronin was hired as Cincinnati's coach, replacing interim coach Andy Kennedy after the dismissal of Bob Huggins. 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 146-61 record (as of June 2016) and have reached 6 straight NCAA Tournaments, and have picked up 4 wins there as well. 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.
Since taking over in 2006, Mick Cronin has established Cincinnati as one of the best defensive programs in the country. During UC's current streak of 6 consecutive seasons in the NCAA Tournament, the Bearcats have held a Top 25 defense every season, according to Ken Pomeroy's defensive efficiency statistic:
- 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
03/19/15 – 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.
03/11/16 – 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.
03/18/16 – 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.
NCAA Tournament seeding history
NCAA tournament results
The Bearcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 30 times. Their combined record is 44–29. They have been to six Final Fours, including five in a row from 1959–1963, and are two time National Champions (1961, 1962).
Regional 3rd Place Game
National 3rd Place Game
National 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1976||First Round||Notre Dame||L 78–79|
|1977||First Round||Marquette||L 51–66|
#5 Michigan State
|#15 Coppin State
#7 New Mexico State
#1 North Carolina
|1994||#8||First Round||#9 Wisconsin||L 72–80|
|#15 UNC Greensboro
#3 Georgia Tech
#5 Mississippi State
#6 Iowa State
|#15 Northern Arizona
#10 West Virginia
|#14 George Mason
|#15 UNC Wilmington
#13 Kent State
|#16 Boston University
|2003||#8||First Round||#9 Gonzaga||L 69–74|
|#13 East Tennessee State
#3 Florida State
#2 Ohio State
|2013||#10||Second Round||#7 Creighton||L 63–67|
|2014||#5||Second Round||#12 Harvard||L 57–61|
|2016||#9||First Round||#8 Saint Joseph's||L 76–78|
Consensus 1st Team All-Americans
- 1958, 1959, 1960 – Oscar Robertson
- 1963 – Ron Bonham
- 1963 – Tom Thacker
- 1997 – Danny Fortson
- 2000 – Kenyon Martin
- 2002 – Steve Logan
Consensus 2nd Team, 3rd Team, Freshmen, and Honorable Mention All-Americans
The following were McDonald's All-Americans in high school that committed to, and played for, the University of Cincinnati.
- 1993 - Dontonio Wingfield
- 1993 - Damon Flint
- 1994 - Danny Fortson
- 1999 - DerMarr Johnson
- 1999 - Kenny Satterfield
- 2001 - James White (Transferred from Florida after freshman year)
- 2004 - Mike Williams (Transferred from Texas after sophomore year)
- 2009 - Lance Stephenson
Player of the Year awards
- 1959, 1960 – Oscar Robertson, USBWA College Player of the Year 
- 2000 – Kenyon Martin, Consensus National Player of the Year (USBWA, AP, Naismith, Wooden, Rupp)
|Cincinnati Bearcats retired numbers|
All-time scoring leaders
Bearcats in the NBA
The Bearcats have had 33 players play in the NBA, spanning seven decades.
|Player||Years||Seasons||Draft||NBA Earnings||NBA Accomplishments|
|Jim Holstein||1952–1956||4||Territorial choice||
||2× NBA champion|
|Jack Twyman*||1955–1966||11||Territorial choice||
||6× 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, 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||
|Ron Bonham||1964–1968||3||2nd round, 16th overall||
||2× 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||
|Derrek Dickey||1973–1978||5||2nd round, 29th overall||
|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|
|Kenny Satterfield||2001–2003||2||2nd round, 54th overall||$845,252|
|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|
|Lance Stephenson||2010–present||6||2nd round, 40th overall||$21,435,000||2013-14 triple-doubles leader|
|*Basketball Hall of Famer|
Fifth Third Arena
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. 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". Through the 2014-15 season, the Bearcats are 360-76 (.826) all-time at Fifth Third Arena, including a 42-game win streak from 1997-2000. 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. 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. Men's and women's basketball and volleyball home events will be conducted off campus during the 2017-18 season while construction is underway.
Season-by-season record at Fifth Third Arena
- 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: 18–0
- 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
OVERALL: 374–79 (.826)
Season by season results
|Henry Pratt (Independent) (1901–1902)|
|Anthony Chez (Independent) (1902–1904)|
|Anthony Chez:||12-10 (.545)|
|Amos Foster (Independent) (1904–1909)|
|Amos Foster:||30-10 (.750)|
|C.A. Schroetter (Independent) (1909–1910)|
|Russ Easton (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1910–1914)|
|Russ Easton:||11-30 (.268)||7-16 (.304)|
|George Little (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1914–1916)|
|George Little:||4-17 (.190)||4-14 (.222)|
|Ion Cortright (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1916–1917)|
|Whitelaw Morrison (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1917–1918)|
|Boyd Chambers (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1918–1925)|
|Boyd Chambers (Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1925–1928)|
|Boyd Chambers:||106-81 (.567)||57-55 (.509)|
|Frank Rice (Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1928–1932)|
|Frank Rice:||33-34 (.493)||18-22 (.450)|
|John Halliday (Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1932–1933)|
|Tay Brown (Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1933–1937)|
|Tay Brown:||47-27 (.635)||26-12 (.684)|
|Rip Van Winkle (Independent) (1937–1939)|
|Rip Van Winkle:||18-16 (.529)|
|Clark Ballard (Independent) (1939–1942)|
|Clark Ballard:||24-31 (.436)|
|Bob Ruess (Independent) (1942–1944)|
|Bob Ruess:||15-15 (.500)|
|Ray Farnham (Independent) (1944–1946)|
|Ray Farnham:||16-22 (.421)|
|John Wiethe (Mid-American Conference) (1946–1952)|
|1950-51||Cincinnati||18-4||7-1||1st||NIT Sweet Sixteen|
|John Wiethe:||106-47 (.693)||44-11 (.800)|
|George Smith (Mid-American Conference) (1952–1953)|
|George Smith (Independent) (1953–1957)|
|1954-55||Cincinnati||21-8||—||—||NIT 3rd Place|
|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)|
|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|
|1969-70||Cincinnati||21-6||12-4||2nd||NIT Sweet Sixteen|
|Tay Baker (Independent) (1970–1972)|
|Tay Baker:||125-60 (.676)||47-29 (.618)|
|Gale Catlett (Independent) (1972–1975)|
|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|
|Gale Catlett:||126-44 (.741)||12-9 (.571)|
|Ed Badger (Metro Conference) (1978–1983)|
|Ed Badger:||68-71 (.489)||18-40 (.310)|
|Tony Yates (Metro Conference) (1983–1989)|
|1984-85||Cincinnati||17-14||8-6||3rd||NIT Sweet Sixteen|
|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)|
|2007–08||Cincinnati||13–19||8–10||10th||CBI 1st Round|
|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 Round of 64|
|Mick Cronin (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)|
|2013–14||Cincinnati||27–7||15–3||T-1st||NCAA Round of 64|
|2014–15||Cincinnati||23–11||13–5||3rd||NCAA Round of 32|
|2015-16||Cincinnati||22–11||12–6||3rd||NCAA Round of 64|
|Mick Cronin:||207–129 (.616)||97–81 (.545)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- University of Cincinnati
- Cincinnati Bearcats
- Fifth Third Arena
- Mick Cronin
- NCAA Men's Division I Final Four appearances by coaches
- UC Branding Standards (PDF). 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
- "Cincinnati". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
- List of NCAA Men's Division I Basketball champions
- NCAA Men's Division I Final Four appearances by school
- NCAA Men's Division I Tournament bids by school
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament all-time team records
- Total Appearances in the AP Poll : 1949 to 2016
- Appearances in the AP Top 10 : 1949 to 2016
- Appearances at #1 in the AP Poll : 1949 to 2016
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament consecutive appearances
- All-American Award Winners
- Where The NBA Players Came From
- History of Cincinnati Basketball
- Cronin introduced as coach at Cincinnati – Men's College Basketball – ESPN
- Cincinnati Basketball timeline
- Cincinnati 62, Marquette 62
- Syracuse 74, Cincinnati 73
- Cincinnati 71, Syracuse 68
- Cincinnati 62, Florida State 56
- Cincinnati 66, Purdue 65
- UConn 104, Cincinnati 97
- St. Joe's 78, Cincinnati 76
- Cincinnati All-Americans
- List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards
- Cincinnati Retired Numbers
- Career Scoring Leaders
- Bearcats in the NBA
- "Fifth Third Arena Project Receives Board Approval". GoBearcats.com. CBSi. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- Tweh, Bowdeya. "UC pushes back Fifth Third Arena renovation". Cincinnati.com. Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 16 December 2015.