Cincinnati has to try to stop a losing streak for only the second time this season Thursday night when it hosts Connecticut.
The No. 11 Bearcats have dropped their last two outings, a 67-62 decision at Houston on Feb. 15, then fell to No. 13 Wichita State 76-72 at home on Sunday.
Both losses were close, and both had several common denominators, most noticeably, an inability to rebound.
Cincinnati was outrebounded 36-27 by the Cougars but outrebounded the Shockers 27-26. Wichita State, though, shot 52.9 percent from the floor including 8 of 18 from beyond the arc.
"(That) is indicative of our lack of defensive communication and lack of our adherence to the scouting report," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. "Combined with, they have a very good team. They made a few hard shots, but we gave them way too many wide-open shots. Defensive breakdowns."
The Bearcats had won 39 straight home games before the Wichita State loss, their third this season against a team in the AP Top 25 poll. << Read more
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