Stressful, but fun game to watch last night. In the first half it looked like UC would just roll over. The second half was a cobination of not so good basketball by UofL and great effort by UC. Gates actually appeared to care and UC dominated the boards. Players were flying around and scrambling for loose balls. There was a lot more slashing to the basket and agressiveness that hasn't really shown up a whole lot this season. Wilks has had a couple good games now and just seems to be a spark plug for the team.
Shooting was still a concern last night, but you would hope that UC can gain some confidence and shoot better. They will definately have to shoot better against WVU. Should be a great game tonight.
Good win for UC.
But the same thing that concerns me about Cronin didn't go away. First of all Stephenson gets called for a carry around the 6 minute mark in the 1st half and sits the rest of the half. At around the 5 minute mark Mick put a lineup on the floor, for a couple of minutes, of Dixon-Davis-Wright-Thomas-McClain. You CAN'T do that in major college basketball. UC is lucky UL didn't rip off a 6-0 or 8-0 run and extend the half time lead to 18 and put the game away.
Some of my thoughts from the first half.
-Awful charge call on Gates.
-Jay Bilas quote of the night "Larry Davis hasn't made a shot in a long time"
-Lance is a play maker. He gets over excited at times but is the best UC has.
-Thomas has the worst hands I have ever seen.
-Edgar Sosa may be my most hated college player in a long, long time.
-Wilks had another good 1st half, don't know whether to be excited or afraid.
I realize that UC has to play in back to back to back nights, but these college players should be in tip top shape. What worries me is the amount of time Mick gives to either role players or non-Big East players.
Thomas - 17 min
Parker - 28 min
Davis - 9 min
In what college basketball world does Parker get the same amount of minutes as Stephenson?
The time is at hand once more, one of the only times I ever cheer for the Bearcats: when they play WVU. Go get 'em, UC.
In the end, it doesn't matter. Good luck with WVU.
I don't think it will matter. Louisville isn't very good this year, and it was going to take a pretty huge upset to get out of Round 2 anyway. The only difference is that they're going to have a little tougher time getting out of Round 1 now. Louisville wasn't/isn't a serious threat to make a deep run either way.
That said UL can be dangerous if they go nuts from the outside. All you have to do is look at the UL Syracuse game and see what CAN happen. Granted it would be one heck of a run to do it for more than 1 game in a row. I am assuming they will get a seed in which they will need to bring their A game from the start.
Now, they are capable of putting it together for short stretches but poor defense and their love for 3 point shooting has been their achilles heel all year.