Cincinnati might have faced just enough adversity in its last contest to properly prepare itself for what should be a challenging weekend in Las Vegas.
The No. 22 Bearcats face their first true test Friday night against undefeated Iowa State in the semifinals of the Global Sports Classic at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Cincinnati (4-0) had little trouble beating Tennessee-Martin, Mississippi Valley State and North Carolina A&T by an average 39.7 points, and appeared to be in for any easy time Tuesday before Campbell cut a 25-point second-half deficit down to 11. The Bearcats were able to regroup and win 91-72, but finally had to work for something.
"We needed to play against that," coach Mick Cronin said. "Things have been too easy. We regrouped and did what we had to do."
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