CINCINNATI - The Bearcats had to reinvent themselves when two front-line starters got suspended for a brawl against Xavier.
Their new look has opened some eyes.
Cincinnati won all six games with power forward Yancy Gates and center Cheikh Mbodj suspended, including a 66-63 win at previously No. 22 Pittsburgh on Sunday night. The outcome knocked Pitt out of the Top 25 on Monday and left the Bearcats (11-3) getting votes again.
Coach Mick Cronin went with a four-guard offense during the six-game span without his top front-line players. They shot a lot of 3s and went to full-court pressure on defense that allowed them to win with a small lineup. The question now is how they fit Gates and Mbodj into the new system.
Cincinnati plays Notre Dame on Wednesday.
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