Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/22/12
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." The guard trio of Cashmere Wright, Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker combined for 64 points on 21-of-42 shooting but the Bearcats' lackadaisical approach after leading 46-28 at halftime is something they can't afford against tougher competition. "We just got caught up in the moment of the game," said Wright, who had 28 points and five steals. "(Campbell) shot 63 percent in the second half. (Cronin) said if we take that to Vegas, we're not going to win. "We have a bulls-eye on our back and people are talking about us being a ranked team so people are going to come out there and give us their best game." While Cronin doesn't feel his team has something to prove in Las Vegas, he's looking at this as another chance for his team to improve in an event that concludes Saturday against either Oregon or No. 18 UNLV. "We need it. Looking forward to it," Cronin said. "But it's not going to say anything, because if we don't play well, we're not going to quit. "I'm interested in us competing, being able to deal with adversity, make the adjustments that we need to make. Find out how to win a game, instead of worrying about how many we're winning by." One area Cronin would like to see his team improve is at the free-throw line where they are shooting 53.2 percent. Kilpatrick is averaging a team-leading 19.5 points but is 5 of 13 from the stripe. The Bearcats likely can't afford to struggle at the line against Iowa State, which is looking to start 5-0 for the third time in four years. Like Cincinnati, the Cyclones are facing their first true test after winning the first four games by an average 32.5 points. "We're going to go out to Vegas and see what we're made of," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We're going to have a great test in that first game." The Cyclones are led by 6-foot-7 guard Will Clyburn, whose 15.0 points per game leads a group of four players averaging at least 11.0. The senior also is tied for the team lead with 8.3 rebounds. This is the first meeting between the schools since then-No. 1 Cincinnati beat Iowa State 75-60 on Nov. 28, 1999, in Hilo, Hawaii.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Oregon headed to first Final Four in 78 years as Jordan Bell & Tyler Dorsey dominate Kansas

This is the Gonzaga we’ve been waiting for

Jets won’t rule out selecting another QB in 2017 NFL Draft

Rougned Odor threw a cup of water into Felix Hernandez’s face on the field

Michael Irvin rips Texans for not trading for Tony Romo

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Richard Sherman on trade talk: ‘I just laugh it off, man’

Grumpy writer complains about 'SI for Kids' reporter

Report: Archie Miller closing in on seven-year deal to coach Indiana

Alex Rodriguez said he 'made an ass of' himself denying PED allegations

LaVar Ball finally got what he deserved

Adrian Peterson makes statement, says it is ‘not all about the money’

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker