The Cincinnati Bearcats started their season off rolling, winning their first 12 games in a row. When they came to Big East play, things changed. After their loss to No.25 Notre Dame Sunday the Bearcats are now 7-8 in conference play, this is the second time the have lost to Notre Dame this season. It was their third loss in a row and Cincinnati’s schedule ahead isn’t what anyone would call easy.
In the 62-41 loss to Notre Dame Sunday, the Bearcats looked deflated. They were out hustled and out played. It is hard to win any game when you are out rebounded 41-25 . Shooting 5-12 from the free throw line doesn’t help either.
Guards Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright did not help much at all. Kilpatrick hurt with his poor shooting, Wright hurt the team with just not being able to play 100-percent. He has a sprained knee and could not move very well. The fact that no one can come off the bench and make any impact for Wright, forcing him to play with a bad leg for 23 minutes, has to give coach Mick Cronin heartburn.
Senior JaQuon Parker is the only Bearcat to score in double-figures Sunday with 12 points.
Cincinnati must take on the Connecticut Huskies this Saturday at home and they lost to the Huskies last week in overtime 73-66. They then must go into Louisville on senior night and beating Rick Pitino and the Cardinals at home has never been an easy task for coach Cronin. Their last game before the Big East Conference tournament will be against a struggling South Florida, which should be an easy win for the Bearcats.
There is a small chance Cincinnati can play themselves out of this jam, but with no big wins against ranked teams it will be hard to make the tournament.
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