With a young roster and a freshman point guard, Arkansas-Little Rock knew it could have a tough time just getting through No. 11 Cincinnati's full-court pressure.
Too often, the Trojans never even made it to midcourt.
The Bearcats set a school record with 23 steals Thursday night in an 87-53 victory that came down to the Trojans' inability to hold onto the ball. Coach Steve Shields repeatedly called timeouts to try to settle his team, without success.
The Trojans fell to 0-8 against Top 25 teams during his 10 seasons at Arkansas-Little Rock.
''I knew coming in we had to have poise and toughness with the ball,'' Shields said. ''I thought Cincinnati did a good job of taking us out of what we wanted to do offensively and forced us to play at a pace we didn't want to play at.''
Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half, and the unbeaten Bearcats ran away with it by stealing the ball and heading for a layup or dunk.
''We're proud, but that's expected,'' Kilpatri...