Thoughts On UC’s Bounce Back Win At USF

After losing at SMU on Sunday that snap their 15 game winning streak, the 18th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats Men’s Basketball team went down to Tampa for a matchup against the lowly South Florida Bulls. The Bearcats bounce back and defeated the Bulls on Wednesday night 68-54.

The win gave UC a season sweep over the Bulls as expected. Record now goes to 23-3 and 12-1 in the American Athletic Conference. Right now SMU is losing at home to 4-20 Tulane at the half by 15! So by the end of the night SMU will still lead the conference at 13-1 because Tulane is Tulane.

Update: SMU won and Tulane is Tulane.

Thoughts on the win:

* The defense was on point from opening tip-off. UC got 55 deflections. Head coach Mick Cronin wants his team get to 40 every single game. They went beyond that on Wednesday and it was a beautiful thing. Limit USF to 36 percent shooting, forcing 21 turnovers and blocking 8 shots.

  • The offense in the first half was flat to say the least. For some reason no matter what the Bulls record is they always find away to stay in the games against the Bearcats at their lowly home area because we don’t know at all.
  • Kevin Johnson continues his nice stretch of good games in the scoring category. He scored 10 points in the first half and finished with 14 overall for the game. Johnson has really come into his own lately and whenever the team needs a big bucket to stop a run or to get the offense rolling, leave it up to KJ.
  • Gary Clark is a problem. The Junior big had 13 points, 14 rebounds and career high 4 blocks. He’s a walking double-double when he’s on.
  • Kyle Washington added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Jacob Evans had 10 points but played the game with foul trouble but in the second half provided with two big dunks.
  • Troy Caupain finally hit a three pointer! After not making a field goal in the loss at Moody, the Senior point guard scored 8 points which is an improvement. He still missed some open shots but as time goes those will go in.

Can we talk about this sequence? How about Freshman Jarron Cumberland hustle on this play? And then the nice passing by Justin Jenifer leading to Evans’s dunk. Beautiful.

The win gives Cronin has 299th victory as a head  coach. He will go for number 300 on Saturday when UC host Tulsa at high noon (ESPNU).

Good bounce back win, much-needed.

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