The Bearcats started off the season with 12 straight victories. They didn’t just play cupcake opponents, though. During this stretch, Cincinnati beat Iowa State, Oregon, Alabama and Xavier. Those may have not been the best teams in the country, but all of those teams were decent this season to say the least.
Then, Cincinnati barely lost to New Mexico and it kind of went down hill from there. After that loss, Cincinnati would go on to lose 11 more games and won just 10 games. This is a team that actually looked like it might compete in the Big East Conference, but a 9-9 record in conference play would say otherwise.
The Big East was clearly a tough conference this season, and the tough competition was just too much for Cincinnati to handle. That or the Bearcats really weren’t that good to begin with. Whether the case, this team did manage to sneak into the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but lost its very first game of the dance.
If Cincinatti gets off to a hot start again next season, don’t get too excited. Well, it is always good to get pumped up for your team, but don’t expect the Bearcats to run the tables or finish with an amazing record until those things actually happen.
One thing is for sure and that is the fact that leading scorer Sean Kilpatrick will be back and he will be in beast mode all season long next year.
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