After yet another successful season and an even better run in the NCAA Tournament, the Bearcats return what might be the most hyped team in almost a decade. The first step to projecting how UC will perform almost two months before the first tipoff is examining the schedule. Well today the complete 2012-13 schedule has been released complete with dates, venues, and most game times. Here are my quick thoughts on what faces Cincinnati basketball this season:
Toughest Stretch: November 23rd – December 1st; Iowa State, Oregon/UNLV, Alabama
The Bearcats fly to Las Vegas and open against the Iowa State Cyclones, a very solid basketball program in their own right. Then they must face the winner (if they beat ISU) or loser (if they lose to ISU) of Oregon/UNLV. The Ducks are a quickly rising PAC-12 team with loads of potential this season and UNLV just might wind up being a Top-10 team when all is said and done. The final game of this stretch is the Big East-SEC Challenge against Alabama, a much improved squad that could finish in the Top-25 and near the top of the SEC.
Don’t Get Out Of Bed: November 11th – November 20th; UT Martin, Mississippi Valley State, North Carolina A&T, Campbell
Have you heard of these teams? Neither have I. Moving on.
Big East Schedule
Toughest Stretch: February 21st – March 9th: @ UConn, @ Notre Dame, UConn, @ Louisville, South Florida
UConn will be a down team next season but it’s never easy playing a Jim Calhoun-coached squad. Also Mike Brey’s Fighting Irish are damn-near impossible to beat in South Bend. The capper in this stretch is a game down-river at rival Louisville who could be the number 1 team in the nation at this point. The Bearcats finish off the season against USF which, normally, would be a walk through but Stan Heath will be building off of a solid NCAA run by the Bulls last season.
Don’t Get Out Of Bed: January 3rd – February 9th; Rutgers, @ Seton Hall, @ Providence, Pittsburgh
Rutgers and Pittsburgh worry me next season but the Bearcats get both of them at home. On the flip side, Seton Hall and Providence never scare me even if it is on the road. Despite the gauntlet that is the Big East, this four-game stretch is arguably the cupcakiest of the entire conference schedule.
Below is Cincinnati’s complete basketball schedule:
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