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ORLANDO – for the second straight day, the no. 1-seeded cincinnati bearcats had to rally to beat a basketball team they had manhandled during the regular season.

UC stormed back from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat no. 5 seed memphis 70-60 in the american athletic conference tournament semifinals here saturday afternoon, at the amway center. On friday, UC overcame a six-point second-half deficit to beat no. 9 seed SMU in the quarterfinals.

UC (29-4) will face houston (26-6) in the AAC finals sunday at 3:30 p.M. On CBS-TV. No. 3 seed houston ousted no. 2 seed wichita state 77-74 in saturday’s other AAC semifinal game. UC and houston split their two regular-season meetings, each winning at home.

Is UC just not its normal, dominant self here this week? Or are the bearcats just running into desperate, nothing-to-lose opponents such as memphis (21-13)?


Opponents whose only hope for an NCAA tournament bid is to upset a powerhouse, such as nationally no. 8-ranked UC, along the way.Cronin said

"No matter who it is, they’re going to come out with fire," said UC senior forward gary clark, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds saturday. "They’re not going to care about the seeding or who is on our team. A lot of guys’ careers are ending slowly, so you’ve got to expect a team that does not want to go home."

Sophomore guard jarron cumberland led UC with 18 points and had five assists, followed by clark’s 17 points. Senior forward kyle washington had 11 points. Junior guard jacob evans III had only seven points as he has hit a mini-slump offensively, but evans also had seven rebounds.

UC coach mick cronin would rather the bearcats not keep stumbling out of the gate. While UC appears locked into the NCAA tournament as a no. 2 seed — regardless of sunday’s AAC title game result — this is no time to be playing such streaky basketball.

UC swept both SMU and memphis in two regular-season meetings apiece, beating the former by an average of 22.5 points and the latter by an average of 24 points.NCAA tournament yet, the bearcats were scrambling for their lives against the double-digit underdogs for the past two days.

"It was a good win for us and hopefully we learned a lesson that the other team, no matter what their record, they’re not going to care what your seed is," cronin said. "Whoever we play in the (NCAA) tournament next week is going to have to win or they’re going home. We have to understand that that’s the type of intensity that we’re going to face."

Streaky offense, reliable D: UC has not found the range here in orlando, hitting just 42 percent from the field on friday and 41 percent on saturday in the cavernous (20,000 seats), mostly empty arena of the NBA magic.

"We haven’t shot the ball well down here," cronin said. "But, that comes and goes. Three-point shooting is like your high school girlfriend. It comes and goes."

"We’ve been in that situation before, to tell you the truth, but we can’t put ourselves in that situation," UC’s washington said. "We have to come out from the gate with a sense of urgency."

Cronin said

Cincinnati forward gary clark (11) dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against memphis in the semifinals at the american athletic conference tournament saturday, march 10, 2018, in orlando, fla. (AP photo/phelan M. Ebenhack) (photo: phelan M. Ebenhack, AP)

How bad were things going? UC at one point was assessed an "administrative" technical foul. It happened when junior guard cane broome briefly sat down on the bench, then re-entered the game without checking in at the scorer’s table

Something apparently clicked with cronin’s halftime message, for the bearcats rushed out with a 21-2 scoring spurt to start the second half. That put UC ahead 50-44, and memphis drew no closer than four points thereafter.

"In the first five minutes (second half), usually it determines how that game’s going to go," clark said. "We came out on fire. Coach said, ‘eye of the tiger.’ "

To that end, UC’s evans immediately put himself into the shooting face of johnson to start the second half.Second half johnson never scored another point.

"When a guy’s on fire like that, you can make the adjustment, not let him shoot," cronin said. "Or, you can let him shoot you out of the tournament and you go home tonight. The other thing is, we had nine offensive rebounds in the second half. We needed all nine of them to shoot 41 percent."

Missing man: memphis played without AAC regular-season scoring champion jeremiah martin (18.9 ppg). On feb. 23, memphis announced that junior point guard martin has a broken left foot and will miss the rest of the season. Still, memphis entered saturday with a 4-1 record since martin went down.

"We really played great in the first half," memphis coach tubby smith said. "Really, because of cincinnati’s intensity in the second half, we just didn’t seem to match it when they started the second half. But, really proud of this group. Proud of how they competed all year long."

Second half

Sunday does matter: with UC seemingly assured of a no. 2 NCAA seed regardless of sunday’s AAC championship game result, what would it mean for the bearcats to win the program’s first conference tournament title since 2004 (conference USA)?

"If you’re going to ask me what it matters to a (NCAA) tournament committee, you’re asking the wrong guy," cronin said. "I have no clue. It really shouldn’t matter. Gary clark and kyle washington have never cut down nets after a game in their high school career or their college career, and we won the regular season on the road. We didn’t come home and do it because I want them to be hungry to do it here.

"So if you’re going to play, you play to win. This one, we want to win the championship, for our school, for our program, but mostly for our seniors."

Fan support: UC athletic director mike bohn said the school sold all 500 of its allotted tickets for the AAC tournament.Second half including other channels, bohn said UC has 1,286 fans in orlando.

Senior guard gray scored 33 points to lead houston to a 77-74 AAC semifinal win over wichita state on saturday. Gray averaged only 11.0 points in two regular-season games against UC this year, but obviously can erupt at any time. Gray is on the verge of passing 1,600 career points for UH.

Magic number: 30 – should UC beat houston, it would mark the first time the bearcats have won 30 games in back-to-back seasons. UC went 30-6 last season.