The Bearcats came in as 6 point favorites on the road vs Connecticut, in what seemed to be a must-win game. Cincinnati is staying alive in the AAC regular season title race, just 1 game back from the Houston Cougars. Today was a big help, getting their 3rd straight win, and improving to 5-1 this month.
The scoring, led by Keith Williams, was a little off today. Cumberland struggled to hit the deep ball, and only scored 8. 11 total assists on 22 made shots is a lower basket/assist percentage than usual. Stats are just stats, though. The team had too many mistakes, and UConn took advantage. 16 turnovers is inexcusable, and Coach Cronin needs to get that to less than 10 a game from here on out.
Only allowing 60 points and 17% from downtown was great. The entire team defended well, and out-rebounded UConn. Fouling was a trouble, tallying 23 fouls. Forcing turnovers was big, as the defense took it away 10 times. The Bearcats closed out well, and played hard. Cronin has this team playing their best on the defensive side all year, and playing with attitude.
Struggles were shown and the weakness’ came out. Regardless, they finished and showed great resilience. A near blown 15-point second half lead, but a win. Every single conference game is crucial, as Cincy is trying to hang in with Houston. The defense played their hearts out, and was key in the win where the offense was struggling. Overall a great team win, where the bench was crucial. If Coach Cronin continues to look into his bench, and does it with success, there is no doubt the ability of this team. Look out for an NCAA Tournament run for this team, and they can still win the AAC, the main focus right now.
A Look Ahead
2/27- at SMU, 9 PM* CBSSN
3/2- vs Memphis, 8 PM
3/7- at UCF, 7 PM
3/10- vs Houston 12 PM
*all times EST time
If Cincy can win out, they would go into a tie with Houston (unless UH drops another one outside of UC). I am not positive on tie-breakers for one seed in the conference tournament, but a tie results in a share of the regular season conference title.