Cincinnati basketball holds off SMU, earns shot at Wichita State – The Athletic

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It was kind of fitting. ON Cincinnati Bearcats A team that has developed an always interesting, often heartbreaking habit of playing in close matches over the past two seasons couldn’t help but find themselves in the opening game of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday. Despite Cincinnati controlling the flow of the game, building a 20-point lead with six minutes remaining, Southern Methodist galloped back to force the Bearcats to work towards a 74-71 win.

But even a 30-13 run of the SMU during this last stretch wasn’t enough to beat a Bearcats squad that started the conference tournament after a punch