Will Cincinnati Make the NCAA Tournament?

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Cincinnati Bearcats guard Jeremiah Davenport (24) plays during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Houston, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, in Cincinnati.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Feb 13, 2024, 12:13 PM

Cincinnati is currently projected to make the NCAA Tournament, but the Bearcats are definitely a bubble team. 

The Bearcats have benefitted greatly from their move to the Big 12, which is generally considered the top conference for college basketball. That perception gap could prove a deciding factor in Cincinnati ultimately winning an at-large berth. 

Here are some of the basic ratings for Cincinnati, as of Feb. 13. 

Cincinnati Tournament Resume

Cincinnati March Madness: Last Season

Cincinnati finished 23-13 in 2023, but that wasn’t quite enough for a berth in the top-heavy American Athletic Conference.

Cincinnati NCAA Tournament History

SeasonNCAA Tournament HistorySeed
2022-23Did Not QualifyN/A
2021-22Did Not QualifyN/A
2020-21Did Not QualifyN/A
2019-20Tournament Cancelled N/A
2018-19First Round7
2017-18Second Round2
2016-17Second Round6
2015-16First Round9
2014-15Second Round8
2013-14First Round5
2012-13First Round10
2011-12Sweet 166
2010-11Second Round6
2009-10Did Not QualifyN/A
2008-09Did Not QualifyN/A
2007-08Did Not QualifyN/A
2006-07Did Not QualifyN/A
2005-06Did Not QualifyN/A
2004-05Second Round7
2003-04Second Round4
2002-03First Round8
2001-02Second Round1
2000-01Sweet 165
1999-00Second Round2
1998-99Second Round3
1997-98Second Round2
1996-97Second Round3
1995-96Elite Eight2
1994-95Second Round7
1993-94First Round8
1992-93Elite Eight2
1991-92Final Four4
1990-91Did Not QualifyN/A
1989-90Did Not QualifyN/A
1988-89Did Not QualifyN/A
1987-88Did Not QualifyN/A
1986-87Did Not QualifyN/A
1985-86Did Not QualifyN/A
1984-85Did Not QualifyN/A

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.