2019 NCAA tournament bracket projection for Cincinnati Bearcats

The Cincinnati Bearcats enter the Big Dance as one of the most physical teams in the country, an identity crafted for years under coach Mick Cronin. After a hard-fought regular-season campaign that saw the Bearcats sandwiched in between Houston and UCF in the battle for supremacy in the American Athletic Conference, they're primed for their ninth straight tournament appearance.

Is the Bearcats defensive prowess enough to lead them on a run into the second weekend?

ESPN+ has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.