5/3 Arena is not a great venue either and that does factor in. That is putting it nicely. The venue is subpar by today's standards and needs gutted to fix it. I believe that is the next project UC will tackle after Nippert.
Having said all that, fans in this city seem to hold grudges much longer than they should. Sure, I loved Huggins, but Mick has done an outstanding job. Not only had he been winning at a good clip, he has done it the right way. Any lingering bitterness towards the program is unfounded and very unfair to Mick and his team. Mick might not have been a flashy hire, but it's very easy to argue he was the right guy for the job.
Hopefully people notice what this team is doing and start showing up to support them. I'm just not optimistic that they will unfortunately, and I know that it is taking is toll on Mick. He is starting at a disadvantage in recruiting because of it. The selling he has to do is crazy.
You know the more I watch them the more I think we can be dangerous in March. Our Freshman have been getting better, and offensively it's not like we're gonna get worse. We have guys that can score on the team, and working them into our rotation has helped. The way teams guard Kilpatrick it opens up everyone else.
Also, Justin Jackson has been great this year.
Last time I went to a UC hoops game, my car got towed and I had to retrieve from the middle of crack alley (taking my 10 yr. old daughter) with a wad of cash. Coupling that with Clifton isn't the greatest place to go and UC's arena is mostly crappy seating, that was the last straw. I won't take tickets now even if they are free. I don't get mad, I just don't go.
Justin Jackson was just named conference player of the week for the third consecutive week.
What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?
All models are wrong. Some of them are useful.
I'll be making the trip down for the Rutgers game this Saturday. I live 2 hours away so I'm usually only able to make 1-2 games per year.
I'm very excited about the future this team has. The three freshman have really impressed me, there's two more freshmen being redshirted, and we have two very talented freshmen coming in next year. 2-3 years from now this team has serious potential to be top 10 caliber. Thinking about the future with this group makes me giddy.
Bearcats just missed a spot on the AP Top 25 this week. They came in at number 26.
A summer watching a bad Reds' team, is still a pretty good summer.
I think that UC, Xavier, and Pitt will all be ranked in the next 2-3 weeks time. Both UC and Xavier have shown big improvements since the early season. Xavier looked terrible in their tournament where they went 0-3, but seem to have figured it out. UC's freshmen are gaining confidence and are turning them into a different team than what they were early in the season.
Roy Tucker (01-21-2014)