Senior guard Tray Woodall was asked if he was interested in how freshmen James Robinson and Steven Adams will adapt to Big East play after the 13-game non-conference schedule. Woodall
“[Robinson] picks up everything like a sponge,” Woodall said. “It’s so easy for him. It’s also great that you have a guy who understands the game and has it come so naturally.
“I’m more interested to see how Steve picks it up. I think he will real fast. With James, he plays so steady. It’s hard to speed him up. I don’t think he’s going to get sped up. He’s going to play his same style of game. He’ll be fine.”
It will be a tough first test for Robinson and Adams. No. 8 Cincinnati likes to press and will make Robinson prove he is capable of handling pressure before backing off. He’ll also have a difficult task in guarding Bearcats junior Sean Kilpatrick, who is averaging 18.8 points per game.
Robinson has drawn the assignment of checking the other team’s top scorer in most games this season.
For Adams, Cincinnati does not have a strong frontcourt. New Mexico’s center had 15 points and seven rebounds in the 55-54 win for the Lobos last week, the first loss of the year for the Bearcats. Adams doesn’t have to put up those types of numbers, but he does have to finish his opportunities in order for the Panthers to be in position to win.
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