Sigh. It was so depressing watching that SMU game last night. There’s a million things to talk about in this game so lets get down to it.
- SMU had 6 players to play. Before the game started, one of SMU’s best players Kieth Frazier, 12 PPG, left the team due to personal reasons. Then during the game, Sterling Brown, was ejected due to the scuffle he had with DeBerry. If you watch the footage, Quadri and DeBerry were going for the loose ball and DeBerry lost his footing and fell. He tried to get up but Brown kept pushing him back. That was clearly a technical and a immediate ejection from the game. How DeBerry got the technical too…blows my mind. He tried to get up. This brings me to my 2nd point
- The refs clearly have it in for Cincinnati. The bearcats made their first trip to the foul line with 8 minutes left in the 2nd half. It was unbelievable. Watching the game…everytime the bearcats just thouched one of their players, they were fouled. There were many instances where SMU should’ve been fouled but they weren’t called. Really disappointing.
I could go on and on about just the little things I saw during this game but I’ll get right too it. SMU had 6 players. 6 players to our 11 last night and Bearcats could not exploit that in the 2nd half. If I were head coach, I would tell my players to run that F** basketball to the hoop everytime and out run them every second that clock ticks. With only 6 players in the 2nd half, they were going to get tired at some point. However, the bearcats played so scared, with no confidence and could not out gun them. This was probably our only chance to boost our resume and make a statement on why we should be in the tournament. With now 4 loses to ranked opponents, I feel like our chances our slim to make. Probably the first 4 out. We literally had it with 3 minutes left of play and leading by 7 at most. I don’t understand how you could blow a lead like that. It’s inexcusable.
One thing I do stand by is Cronin saying and I quote “I don’t care about wins and loses, this is their team and year. I do what I can as a coach and its up to the players to get better.” Cronin has worked tirelessly to get Cincinnati back on the map to an outstanding College Basketball program. This team right now is EXACTLY THE SAME from last year, minus the senior of Jermaine Sanders. They played so well last year, beating Purdue and giving a hell of an effort against Kentucky. This year, it’s like they took 3 steps back. There’s no passion, no leadership and no intensity with this team. In the back of my mind, I would figure seniors Octavius Ellis and Shaq Thomas would step up and lead this team and work on togetherness. But it’s not happening. The last real leader we had for this squad was Sean Kilpatrick and it feels so long ago. I don’t know what else to say about this team but they are not getting it done. They are not playing like a final four team and surely not acting like they want to get better (I’m talking to you Gary Clark, Troy Caupain) I just wonder if I’ll ever see a Cincinnati team make it to the final 4 in my lifetime. It’ll definitely be a dream come true.