No. 10-ranked UC (30-4) will face Sun Belt tournament champion Georgia State (24-10) in a South Region opener Friday in Nashville. The Bearcats are playing in their eighth straight NCAA appearance but have made it past the first weekend just once in the last seven years, a Sweet 16 trip in 2012.
Cincinnati beat No. 21 Houston 56-55 on Sunday in the American Athletic Conference final. Prior to the tournament, senior forward Gary Clark was named a unanimous first-team pick, as well as the AAC Defensive Player of the Year and AAC Player of the Year.