No Coach Could Do What Mick Cronin And The Bearcats Did Against UCF

Peel back the layers from Cincinnati Bearcats Men’s Basketball rout over the Central Florida Knights. What do you see?

The outer layers show, first and foremost a win. A win against the Tako less UCF Knights who are better without and a team to be reckoned with once tournament play starts. But the Bearcats on this Tuesday night at BB&T Arena were just ten steps ahead of the Knights.

Keep peeling. The 2nd ranked defense in the country holds the high power Knights’ offense to just 13 points in the first half. UCF had 2 points going into the seven-minute mark. Talk about elite defense at its best against a team that can score the ball at will like the Knights. The Bearcats defense needs to be talked about in the same breath with the Virgina Cavaliers.

And more peeling. Trevor Moore finally gets his breakout game off the bench. Led the team in scoring with 14 points on 4-7 shooting, 2-4 from three and 4-5 from the foul line. His defensive energy will always be there, but when his shot is on as it was on Tuesday night, he’s going to be such an x-factor in March best believe that. Justin Jenifer aka Shad Moss had a nice game with 11 points going 3-9 from the three-point line. When he’s open, he can knock down the three but when he’s too happy with the arch that could be a problem.

That’s enough peeling. What you’re left with is No. 6 Cincinnati’s 77-40 victory over the UCF Knights. The Knights didn’t have BJ Taylor in the second half so playing without their two best players didn’t do them any favors. If they had Taylor, I think they would have won the game because he’s that good and he is a potential top 10 pick in the NBA draft in June. He makes a difference, and when they get him back for the stretch run, teams better circled the Knights on their brackets.

UCF only had one player in double figures, but that’s because UC’s defense is that elite. If they had two more players in double figures, then this game is different.

Johnny Dawkins has his team on the come up, and I don’t want to face them in March.

By my count, four were in double figures in Cincinnati’s victory over UCF. Chris Mack taught us you need four at least players in double digits to win. The Cats had four. THEY DID IT! UCF only had one.  Chris Mack algorithm math states that’s a Cincinnati win. 

To recap, Cronin had. A.) Jacob Evans only had 3 points and the team still won by 37 lol. B.) Kyle Washington put in another solid game with 13 points, and we need more of this in the next month.  C). Jarron Cumberland had a nice stat sheet of 9 points, six rebounds and four assists. D.) Gary Clark scored zero in the first half but then erupted with ten quick ones to begin the second to finish the game with 12 points.

Instead of looking ahead to the showdown at Moody on Sunday afternoon, Cincinnati put its hard hats on and went to work with ease.

UC attempted 32 three-point shots and made 10. That’s a lot but if they hit at a good rate, watch out.

The Bearcats had 17 offensive rebounds and 17 assists. It was just that kind of night for them against an elite team and defense of the Knights.

This win doesn’t have the appeal of at UCLA or home wins against Houston and 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 its UCF without Tako Fall and BJ Taylor and not be impressed. Wake up! UCF is a second-weekend team with Taylor on the court.

15 in a row for the Cats, 22-2 overall and 11-0 in the American and a three-game lead over Wichita State.

The Bearcats hit the road on Sunday to take on the SMU Mustangs at 4 pm on ESPN. The next three games are going to tell a lot about this team. Here we go. 

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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