Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  By Zac Jackson  |  Last updated 2/22/14
CINCINNATI -- The book on the Cincinnati Bearcats is very much open. The general plot line -- very dependent on Sean Kilpatrick, offensively-challenged everywhere else -- is simple. The defense seems aggressive and nasty enough to carry a team that entered Saturday's game vs. Louisville with 24 wins in 27 games and ranked No. 9 in the country. That's all fair and accurate except that Cincinnati took a gut punch of a home loss Saturday afternoon because after Kilpatrick awakened and drove the offense on an improbable rally, the defense faltered late and No. 5 Louisville escaped with a 58-57 win. The Bearcats, warts and bricks and all, did everything but win the game. A Russ Smith jumper with 2.2 seconds left won it for Louisville. On the day Kilpatrick passed 2,000 career points and his team could have made a huge national statement against the defending national champions, Louisville answered an 11-0 Cincinnati run by scoring eight points in the final 1:29, three by Smith and four a...
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