The Cincinnati Bearcats used an up-tempo offense to run past the Central Florida Knights 83-60.
The Bearcats were able to score easy buckets in transition all night long. UC to shot 65 percent from the field, the highest percentage in a game since the 1992-93 season.
All five Bearcat starters scored in double digits. Octavius Ellis led the charge with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Early on, UCF struggled to keep up with Bearcats' new fast-paced style. The Knights had to use two timeouts in the first five minutes and 20 seconds as the saw themselves fall behind 16-4. UCF was able to cut UC's lead to three points midway through the first half. That would be the closest UCF would get the rest of the night. By halftime the Bearcat lead would stretch to 43-30.
The three-point percentage was the impressive stat of the night for the Bearcats' offense. UC was six-for-eight, a blistering 75 percent from beyond the arc.
With the win, UC avoids a bad loss on their tournament resume. Most national prognosticators have the Bearcats in the field of 68 if the tournament began today, but said the Bearcats would have to avoid any 'bad losses' the rest of the way to not sweat out Selection Sunday.
UC faces another potential land mine game against Tulane on Saturday. The Green Wave already beat the Bearcats on a last second three-pointer earlier this season. Tip-off is at 2:00 p.m. in New Orleans.