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Cincinnati’s Deep Bench Begs for More Up-Tempo Offense

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We all know the problems the Cincinnati Bearcats offense faces on a nightly basis–they can’t knock down shots.

On the whole, they play a very conservative, half-court offense that doesn’t translate to many points. With such a deep bench, why not try to run a little more to create some fast-break opportunities and easy shots?

The Bearcats feature ten different players averaging more than 10 minutes per game. Fresh legs should certainly not be a concern for Mick Cronin‘s club.

It doesn’t change anything on the defensive end of the floor, where Cinci remains one of the best in the nation. Given their recent struggles on offense, maybe it’s time to start tinkering a little with the style of offense–a little. I’m not calling for drastic change here, but their current offense, one that runs off large chunks of the shot clock before the shot doesn’t seem to be working. They’ve averaging 56.8 points per game over the past five games. They’re 2-3 in that stretch.

Quit the take-the-air-out-of-the-ball offense and run a little bit. Fans come to games to see one thing–offense. No one leaves an arena or stadium thinking, “What a great scheme they had on defense.” They want fast breaks, points and some alley-oops to get them out of their seats. Use your depth to tire teams out with your offense. It’ll only make your defense that much better because let’s be honest, there aren’t many teams trotting ten guys out there for 10+ minutes a game.

Just a suggestion from a guy who’d like to see Mick Cronin inject a little excitement in the Bearcats’ offense. Besides, it’ll give the cheerleaders something more to cheer about.