No Coach Could Do What Mick Cronin Did Against Memphis, Again

Peel back the layers from Cincinnati Men’s Basketball victory the Memphis Tigers. What do you see?

The outer layers show, first and foremost a win.A come from behind victory over the Tigers and Tubby Smith who is probably out of there after this game which is a shame because the Memphis program in itself is a shame. They will likely be playing in the NIT if they get in on Sunday night.

Keep peeling. Jarron Cumberland is involving into a star. After scoring zero on Friday vs. SMU, the Sophomore erupted for 18 points and five assists. He is turning into all-around basketball player stud, and his future is bright, and he can carry this team when he’s hitting on all cylinders. But his defense and passing is so legit.

And more peeling.Gary Clark is a problem. He had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Washington added in 11 points, and Jacob Evans struggled again for the second straight game with only 7 points.

That’s enough peeling. What you’re left with is No. 8 Cincinnati’s 70-60 victory over Memphis University. 

The Bearcats got off to a slow and uninspiring start. They spotted the Tigers a 13 point lead at halftime at 42-29. The defense was straight garbage as Jamal Johnson couldn’t miss from the field in the first half scoring 17 points and hitting 4-4 from three-point. Offense missing shots and lousy execution it was terrible to watch and wanted to give up which I did (oops).

Once again the officiating was total trash as they were trying everything in their power to will the Memphis into an upset victory. Screw them.

By my count, three were in double figures in Cincinnati’s win over Memphis. Chris Mack taught us you need four at least players in double digits to win. The Cats had three. Memphis only had two. Chris Mack algorithm of math states that’s a toss-up. 

To recap, Cronin had. A.) The defense turned it up a notch right off the gate in the second half  B.) Jarron Cumberland and Gary Clark  C.) Tre Scott providing huge minutes off the bench

Instead of packing it in and looking forward to Selection and accepting the three seed out in the west coast, Cincinnati put its hard hats on and went to work.

Scott had 6 points, and four rebounds off the bench as his play continues to improve down the stretch. Clark and Washington led the way in the second half comeback, but it wouldn’t happen without the emergence we are all seeing in Cumberland. This guy will win this team games in March if played as he did on Saturday.

Enough with these slow starts. You can’t do that on Sunday or next Thursday/Friday because you will get beat. Period. So let’s start off better and keep the energy for all 40 minutes, okay? Okay.

This win doesn’t have the appeal of at UCLA, At Wichita State, vs. Houston at home or the win against Mississippi State on a national scale (Seth Davis you rat) and let’s add in a new member to the rat club (Doug Gottlieb you turd)

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 only Memphis and not be impressed. The Tigers lost the American conference leading scorer in Jeremiah Martin for the season with a broken foot. If he was out there, Memphis wins.

AAC Conference Tournament championship game is on Sunday at 3:30 pm on CBS vs. Houston. Round 3. Revenge after Houston defeated UC three weeks ago. Let’s do this.

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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