That’s not a typo you’re reading above. The Cincinnati Bearcats scored forty-one points today. Forty-one. Four. One. Not in a half, not off rebounds or inside the paint, the entire game. That’s just utterly pathetic and marks a new low for Cincinnati’s offense. The Bearcats’ hadn’t scored so few points in two decades, since January 23rd, 1993 to be exact. Clearly whatever “system” Mick Cronin makes this team run on offense is the problem and it’s not even debatable in my eyes.
Just to hammer home exactly how bad Cincinnati was today, they shot 32% from the field, 17% from three, and made just 42% of their free throws. Cashmere Wright and Sean Kilpatrick combined for just 6 points and didn’t get to the free throw line once this afternoon. The only thing that did go right for the Bearcats was that they weren’t sloppy with the basketball, turning it over just 5 times against the Irish.
Now Cincinnati is in desperation mode. I wrote on Thursday night that UC’s loss to UConn put them squarely on the bubble. I admit that might have been a bit of a reactionary statement to the frustrating defeat to the Huskies. But at 7 – 8 in the conference it’s safe to say the Bearcats are sitting on the bubble of making the NCAA tournament now.