Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pats praise oft-criticized Blake Bortles, call QB a ‘winner’

LeBron wants to reach 30K points Saturday in front of sons

Joe Thomas still unsure about NFL future

Thomas, Pierce get snarky on social media amid tribute drama

Carmelo Anthony: Game is ‘fun again’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rockets upset Clippers weren't disciplined

Lane Johnson raises over $55K for Philly schools with 'Underdog' shirts

Hulk Hogan proclaims he’d win big in bid for U.S. Senate

Report: Tom Brady ‘should be OK’ despite right hand injury

Jalen Rose tells Paul Pierce he is ‘petty’ for denying Thomas tribute

Spurs announce Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

10 keys to watch for the NFL conference championships

The 'Fumble and The Miss' quiz

College basketball’s most underrated stars

Eight gutsy NBA trade deadline deals that would turn the tide

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 Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

The 'Fumble and The Miss' quiz

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

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