UC looks to get back on track against Vandy

University of Cincinnati men's basketball coach John Brannen said Sunday after the Bearcats' 80-74 loss against Memphis that he thought his team was "playing on fumes."

Cincinnati's late-game rally fell short in what was its fourth game in an eight-day stretch.

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"I felt there was some emotional fatigue," Brannen said. "You don't have emotional fatigue until you have physical fatigue first. ... We gotta be mentally stronger."

Just a few hours before tipoff, the team learned its home game Thursday at SMU was canceled due to a continuation of a suspension of activities in the Mustangs' program.

But Brannen found a replacement opponent.

Cincinnati Bearcats head coach John Brannen expresses frustration toward the bench in the second half of a men's NCAA basketball game against the Memphis Tigers, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati. The Memphis Tigers won, 80-74.

The Bearcats (9-9, 7-6 American Athletic Conference), who have clinched the fifth seed and a first-round bye in next week's AAC tournament, will look to pick up some momentum Thursday night against the Southeastern Conference's Vanderbilt Commodores (7-14, 3-12).

The matchup will be UC's last home game of the season before closing out the regular season Sunday at East Carolina. With clearance from the state, Cincinnati will have about 2,000 fans in attendance on Thursday, an increase from the approximately 1,100 that were inside Fifth Third Arena on Sunday.

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Tipoff: 7 p.m. on Thursday at Fifth Third Arena

TV/Radio: ESPN+/WLW-AM (700)

Series info: This is the eighth meeting between Vanderbilt and Cincinnati, with UC owning a 6-1 advantage in the series. The Bearcats have won the last three meetings. The two teams last played in the first round of the 2009 Maui Invitational, with Cincinnati defeating the Commodores, 67-58.

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