CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Even shorthanded, Cincinnati had enough to rout DePaul.
Tony Bobbitt scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as the 10th-ranked Bearcats coasted in their Conference USA home opener, 90-65.
Cincinnati (11-0, 2-0 C-USA) played without starting power forward Armein Kirkland, who suffered a left knee injury in Wednesday's win at Tulane. James White got his first start in Kirkland's place.
It hardly slowed the Bearcats, who entered with an average victory margin of 26.3 points. They placed four or more players in double figures for the fifth straight game and reminded coach Bob Huggins of his Final Four team in 1992.
"If you go back and look at (1991-92), we were beating people by 25 or so," Huggins said. "The deal is we have to play as hard as we can and as intelligent as we can."
Jason Maxiell scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half as the Bearcats established a 43-22 cushion, moving well on their way to their 13th straight home win over the Blue Demons.
DePaul (7-6, 0-2), playing its fifth straight game without star forward Andre Brown, committed 15 of its 24 turnovers in the decisive first half. The sloppy ballhandling resulted in only 16 shots for the Blue Demons before halftime.
"By far, this is the best team we've played so far this year," DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. "Coach Huggins has retaken over the reigns fully."
Huggins mixed and matched a team whose bench has produced an average of 35 points. Bobbitt helped the reserves total 40 points, and the depth helped Cincinnati to 31 points off turnovers.
The pressure was instrumental in disrupting DePaul freshman point guard Sammy Mejia, who was hounded into six turnovers. Delonte Holland poured in 29 points to lead the Blue Demons.
Field Williams scored 14 points and Whaley and Nick Williams each added 10. The high-flying White had a thunderous first-half dunk, but missed his other five shots for four points, although he had five assists.
"We have a great bunch of kids, but they have to continue to improve the intelligence of our game," Huggins said. "If we come out and don't play hard or smart, that's a bad combination."
Bobbitt's 3-pointer made it 20-9 with 11:14 before halftime, giving Cincinnati its first double-digit bulge, and the lead never dipped below 10 points thereafter. The Bearcats led by as many as 27 points after halftime.