Cincinnati will try to avoid more heartbreak Friday as it begins NCAA Tournament play.

The No. 9 seed Bearcats suffered a painful loss to Connecticut in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals, but have the chance to bounce back against No. 8 seed Saint Joseph’s in a West Region first round matchup.

The Hawks posted a 27-7 record this season and won the Atlantic 10 Tournament thanks to the efforts of DeAndre Bembry, who earned A-10 Player of the Year honors after averaging 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season.

Tip-off in Spokane, Wash., is scheduled for 9:57 p.m. ET.

When: Friday, March 18, at 9:57 p.m.
Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live

Thumbnail photo via Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Saint Joseph's Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry (43) celebrates with guard Shavar Newkirk (1) against the Saint Louis Billikens during the second half at Michael J. Hagan Arena. Saint Joseph's defeated Saint Louis, 77-63.