Mar 1, 2014; Hartford, CT, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin talks to the official from the sideline as they take on the Connecticut Huskies in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn Huskies 51, #11 Cincinnati Bearcats 45: UC Offense Fails In Hartford

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Just.. ugh. Look at these egregious stats:

  • UC turned the ball over 20 times, tying a season high.
  • No player other than Sean Kilpatrick hit the double-digit point mark. Although Killa turned the ball over 7 times.
  • Cincinnati shot just 27% from the field today and 30% from three. When you shoot better from beyond the arc than near the bucket, that’s when you know you have problems.
  • The Bearcats were also just 13-21 from the stripe (62%). For a team that needs to scratch and claw for points, making less than two-thirds of their freebies is going to doom this team.
  • Justin Jackson scored just 3 points today, to go along with his 3 turnovers and 5 fouls.

So it couldn’t be more obvious that for yet another game the offense failed this team. Keep in mind the Bearcats held UConn to 51 points today while forcing them to shoot just 31% from the field and 21% from three. This kind of offensive ineptitude isn’t going to get it done in the NCAA let alone the conference tournament. Justin Jackson needs to stay out foul trouble, he needs to exert his dominance in the paint, someone other than Sean Kilpatrick needs to generate points, and for goodness sake will someone start moving around when they don’t have the ball in their hands?!

These are problems that should mire a team in November, not by game 28. It’s inexcusable at this point in the season and might cost Cincinnati an AAC championship. The Louisville Cardinals now own a half-game lead on UC in the standings and could balloon that to a full game if Memphis doesn’t take them down. This season of promise is quickly getting flushed down the toilet.

Finally, it goes without saying that Mick Cronin was frustrated by his players today. He had every reason to. But it doesn’t help that the refs were questionable at best for a second straight game and completely unprofessional at times. TV Teddy can go jump off a bridge.

 

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