No Coach Could Do What Mick Cronin And The Bearcats Did On Senior Day
Peel back the layers from Cincinnati Men’s Basketball Senior Day victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon at BB@T Arena. What do you see?
The outer layers show, first and foremost a win. Yo, watch out, Tulsa is going to be VCU of 2011 and make the Final Four, right there ladies and gentlemen. They played without their starting point guard and still manage 74 points against a great defensive team in the Bearcats. UC played like the Xavier Musketeers on the defensive but was able to overcome Tulsa’ three-point shooting fest like they were the Golden State Warriors.
Keep peeling. Gary Clark and Kyle Washington played their last home as a Bearcat. Let that sink in for a second. Clark sat down for most of the first half but was able to go on beast mode and scored 15 points in the second half. Washington had only 8 points, but the only thing that matters is the W.
And more peeling. Jarron Cumberland and Jacob Evans were both red-hot from the three-point line. Combined for 11 three-pointers. Jarron had 17 and Jake had 15. Need both of them to shoot like that if this team wants to reach their goals in the next month. Free Cane, Start Cane! Broome has been on fire lately as he dropped 15 in another great game by him.
That’s enough peeling. What you’re left with is No. 11 Cincinnati’ 82-74 victory over Tulsa. First of all, defense? Yeah, not about that life, both teams didn’t care for that on Sunday. Second, Tulsa should be ranked in the top 10 even with a loss, this is a good loss and will go along the way into their run to San Antonio. Best three-point shooting team in NCAA history, heck, Golden State Warriors don’t get the shooters like the Golden Hurricanes.
Tulsa came into the game with a six-game winning streak, and that wasn’t by accident.
14 three-pointers by a team that averages eight a game.
They have two all American players on the squad, and that’s not by accident as well. Frank knows how to recruit.
By my count, four were in double figures in Cincinnati’s Senior Day victory over Tulsa. Chris Mack taught us you need four at least players in double digits to win. The Cats had four. Tulsa had two. Chris Mack algorithm math states that’s a Cincinnati win.
To recap, Cronin had. A.) Gary Clark B.) Jacob Evans and Jarron Cumberland C.) Tre Scott was rebounding and giving the team energy on the defensive front. D.) Cane Broome.
Instead of complaining about the horrendous three-point defense and rebounding, Cincinnati put its hard hats on and went to work.
S/O to Tre Scott. He has been stepping up lately, and we are going to need him. If he can just definitely a mid-range jumper because we know he can rebound and defend, then that’s another weapon UC has.
Screw the AAC officials.
This win doesn’t have the appeal of at UCLA or the win against Mississippi State on a national scale (Seth Davis you rat), but it’s right up there regarding what it meant to the UC locker room.
The team is only faltering in the sense that they’re falling victim to “life in the American,” and that’s not fair. People will look at this score and see it’s Tulsa. Forget that, this team is going to win the national championship.
UC is now 25-4 on the season and 14-2 in conference play with a one-game lead over Wichita State.
The Bearcats will hit the road to take on an improved Tulane Green Wave team on Thursday at 9 pm on ESPN.
This whole blog was written by The Enquirer’s Pat Brennan weeks ago about Xavier’s “impressive” win over Marshall. It was absurd at the time and a crazy spin zone. We decided to take Pat’s article and plug UC’s stats.The Enquirer won’t spin area this win for UC as a positive so we’ll use their article to do it ourselves.
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