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Kilpatrick was a season-worst 1 for 10 during the 71-51 win over Rutgers, but finished with a team-high 16 points. He drove to the basket, drew fouls and was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line.

Cronin would like to see Kilpatrick take the ball inside more when Cincinnati hosts Temple (5-9, 0-4) on Tuesday night.

“He’s got to get back to playing with his mind a little more so he can be more efficient,” Cronin said. “He’s just relying too much on the 3-point shot.”

Kilpatrick has gotten open shots from behind the arc but missed, forcing him to try other things.

“I’ve been trying hard to get fouled a lot,” he said. “Being able to make cuts and post up little guys, that’s my advantage and something I’ve got to keep taking advantage of to get us in a better spot.”

A win over Temple would leave them 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 2002-03, when they were in Conference USA. They’re 12-0 at home, where they have a 14-game winning streak overall since the end of last season.

Cincinnati is in first place in the AAC’s inaugural season, a game ahead of Louisville and Memphis.

“What’s the key to winning a regular-season conference championship? Don’t lose at home,” Cronin said. “I thought this team had a chance to do it. I’ve talked to them about it all year. I’ve just tried to challenge them: No matter who we’re playing, we will not lose at home.”

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