Bubble Watch: A Fall From Grace for the Cincinnati Bearcats

By Joseph Nardone
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For a fairly long period of time, I was assigned to do a Big East Power Rankings for Rant Sports. During that time, I stated, especially early on, that I never fully bought into the Cincinnati Bearcats‘ hype. I completely understood why folks were so high on Mick Cronin and his players, but never thought they were anything more than a middle of the pack type of team.

As the weeks went on I was forced to have to admit that they were a pretty good team, and in turn, that made me look stupid for not believing in them. Then something strange happened. I stopped doing the Power Rankings and the Bearcats started to fall apart.

I am not directly correlating Cincinnati’s demise with my inability to put Power Ranking together. I am just pointing out that many had the Bearcats as a lock to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.

So to most, it has to be really strange that Cincy currently finds itself on the wrong side of the bubble. While just a month ago, it seemed like the Bearcats were a mortal-lock to go dancing, they now are barely grasping at those elusive dancing slippers. Time has not completely run out on them, but a run in the Big East Conference Tournament is going to be needed.

It feels like I am beating a dead horse to death. Obviously the Bearcats need a run to make the tournament. It has been, and will continue to be, covered to death until they either lose in the first round of the conference tournament or win a few games.

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports who used this article to tell everyone how he was right and you were all wrong. Follow Joe on Twitter anyway @JosephNardone


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