Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/11/13
While Cincinnati went unbeaten over the first six weeks of the season, not much has gone its way since. Things aren't likely to get any easier for coach Mick Cronin's team with a visit to Rutgers in store. The No. 21 Bearcats hope to avoid a third straight loss Saturday night against the Scarlet Knights, who try to extend their home winning streak to eight for the first time in nine seasons. Cincinnati (13-3, 1-2 Big East) looked every bit like one of the country's top teams after opening 12-0, but it's gone on to lose three of four. The Bearcats, whose lone win over that stretch came 70-61 at then-No. 24 Pittsburgh on Dec. 31, suffered one-point defeats to New Mexico and St. John's before falling 66-60 to No. 17 Notre Dame on Monday. Leading scorer Sean Kilpatrick had 15 points and was the only player to finish in double figures against the Irish, who shot 50.0 percent from the field - 9 for 16 from 3-point range. "It's the Big East now," Kilpatrick said. "We're in a league where e...
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