It didn't take long for Cincinnati to establish control in a lopsided season opener.
The No. 24 Bearcats can probably expect a repeat performance Tuesday night when they host rebuilding Mississippi Valley State.
Cincinnati (1-0) had no trouble with an overmatched foe Sunday, winning 80-57 over Tennessee-Martin. The Bearcats, who lost to Ohio State in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals last season, opened with a 14-2 run within the first seven minutes and led 33-6 with 6:47 left in the first half.
"We've worked so hard to get to where we are now, but everyone wants to be better," guard Sean Kilpatrick said. "We want things to be better for this program and we want to be in a different slate than where we are now."
Cashmere Wright scored 16 points and Kilpatrick added 14 as Cincinnati limited its opponent to 28.4 percent shooting. Cheikh Mbodj recorded four of the Bearcats' 10 blocks.
"It is a process," coach Mick Cronin said. "There are still a lot of things that we are try...