UC Bearcats not overlooking Presbyterian

Things couldn't have started any better for the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team under first-year head coach Wes Miller.

After building bridges to former players and high-level recruits during the offseason, Miller has led a new-look Bearcats squad to a 3-0 start.

More:What we learned: Bearcats use big second half to improve to 3-0 under Wes Miller

In order to complete its season-opening, four-game homestand and begin the Hall of Fame Classic next week in Kansas City, Missouri, a perfect 4-0, Cincinnati will need to get past a Presbyterian team that Miller warned is "really good."

"Presbyterian may not have the name, but from what I've seen ... they've had some good wins," he said. "They're a good basketball club, so we've got to play a little bit better on Thursday night."

Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Wes Miller signals to his defense in the second half of the NCAA basketball game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. The Bearcats improved to 3-0 with an 89-66 win over the Bulldogs.

After an 11-point loss at Clemson in its season opener, Presbyterian bounced back with consecutive overtime victories over the Virginia Military Institute and The Citadel.

The Blue Hose will look to capture a third straight win and halt Miller and the Bearcats' early momentum on Thursday.

Miller is looking to become the first coach to win his first four games at UC since Tay Baker in 1965-66.


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

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

Series info: This is the second meeting between Presbyterian and Cincinnati. The Blue Hose defeated the then-No. 20-ranked Bearcats 56-54 on Nov. 19, 2011, at Fifth Third Arena. It was Presbyterian's first win over a ranked opponent in its history as a Division I program.

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