Re: 2010/2011 UC Basketball official thread
I wasn't home for the game, so I DVR'd it and just finished watching it. I can't say the Bearcats have proven anything yet, but they just feel like a much different team this year. Sure, the competition has been pitiful, but in the past I feel like the Bearcats would've just played well enough to win by 10 against some of the same competition.
There is a lot to like about this team. They score in many different ways and all players are involved. Their half court defense can eat you up and they can press with a lot of intensity. Granted, things will change as they get into Big East play, but this team has a lot of confidence. I really started to see that in the Dayton game and it has really grown ever since. Some call it swagger, but I don't think you can call it that until they show it against tougher competition. Right now its just confidence.
Individually, Gates seems to finally put effort into all phases of the game and Bishop has been rock solid. Wright is looking like an actual PG and Dixon is stroking the ball. Also, is it just me, or is Justin Jackson becoming one of the most enjoyable players to watch at UC in what seems like a long time. He may not score 20 points, but he brings energy to the floor that is quite refreshing. Wilks can bring that same energy, but at times just runs around like a chicken with its head cut off. Both are very good passers IMO, and really the team as a whole distributes the ball very well.
I'm very optimistic to say the least, but I'm not saying the Bearcats are going to finish in the top 5 of the BE. I think you will see a very solid 20+ win season with an at large selection to the NCAA tournament. They've been close the last two seasons, I think this is the year the get over the hump and back into the tourney.
Next up, Oklahoma who isn't as strong as the Bearcats would have thought when they scheduled the game. It will still be a decent test as it is in Oklahoma City meaning it will be pretty much the same as a road game though it is at a "neutral site." Although it will not be the end all be all argument for how good UC really is, it will help gauge the team a little more. The true answer will come in the BE, and I personally don't care about rankings or anyone who doesn't think UC is a good team yet. I can't blame them. Even I have questions.