Bearcats excited to get back on court at Temple

The drought is over.

Barring something unforeseen happening, which is entirely possible in today's unpredictable COVID-19 world, the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team will play its first game in 25 days on Thursday night at Temple.

"This season is all about not only a season of sacrifice, but also a season of passion for what you do," Cincinnati Head Coach John Brannen said on Wednesday. "Our young men have been – as well as our coaching staff – really excited about getting the opportunity to play again, and it looks like we're going to have that opportunity."

The Bearcats (3-7, 1-4 American Athletic Conference) enter the month of February having played only 10 games for the first time since 1944-45.

After having the past six games postponed and not being able to practice for most of that stretch due to COVID-19 issues both within and outside of his program, Brannen said his team was able to have a full five-on-five practice on Tuesday and anticipated being able to have another on Wednesday.

UC Head Coach John Brannen says he has no idea how many more games his team, which has lost five of its past six, will be able to play this season. His only focus is Thursday.

Brannen said that not everyone on his roster will be available against the Owls. The second-year UC coach said he expects to have some of the team's walk-ons log quality minutes.

"One of our GAs (graduate assistant coaches), I put him on the floor as a coach this week due to some coaches being out," Brannen said. "Mainly in part because he can play five-on-five and get up and down the court with us. So we were able to go five-on-five. That probably gives you an idea (of player availability of late)."

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