Here are some reactions to yesterday’s Bearcats and Huskies game plus a bonus Sean Kilpatrick interview!
As for the Bearcats the UConn game exposed some flaws, flaws that only really show up when the Bearcats play teams that are either bigger (as SMU was) or longer and more athletic than the Bearcats are (as Louisville and UConn are). Those kind teams can swallow the Bearcats offense whole.
Cincinnati lost to Connecticut 51-45 on a day the Cats had 20 turnovers and 13 field goals. The 3 game gauntlet for the conference title is off to an 0-2 start. UC has lost back to back games for the first time since New Mexico and Xavier, which were also a week apart. UC scored 47 in the Xavier loss. That’s not an excuse, that’s just a fact.
It was the fewest points the Huskies have scored in a win in 12 years, and the fewest combined points since they beat Butler 53-41 in the 2011 NCAA championship game.
The last jabs came at the free throw line, where UConn scored its last 10 points. Ryan Boatright’s dunk, off a pass from Shabazz Napier, gave the Huskies a 41-32 lead with 7:32 to play and they did not score again from the field.
Yet it was the Huskies that left the XL Center on Sunday with a 51-45 winover the Bearcats despite Napier, Boatright and Daniels combined to shoot 9-for-30 from the field. That’s a great sign for the Huskies, who haven’t exactly been playing their best basketball of late. They struggled to win at Temple and USF and got worked over by SMU team at home, a team that plays an awful lot like the Bearcats.
And a Sean Kilpatrick interview with BCJ’s Chad Brendel to brighten your Sunday