Yesterday afternoon, the Cincinnati Bearcats traveled to Storrs, Connecticut to absolutely ruin the Huskies senior night and win on the road 67 to 47. This win ended the Bearcats regular season schedule with a final record of 27-4, 16-2 in the AAC, a 26 game home winning streak and 18-0 at home this season. You couldn’t ask for more as a Bearcats fan.
Two words. Gary. Clark. The problem himself was on a mission in yesterday’s game. Kyle Washington tweaked his leg a couple days prior leading up to the game and only had 7 points and 6 rebounds. So, it was up to Clark to carry the load. He did not disappoint. Clark had a double-double in the first half. Final stats for him were 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 steals. The man cannot be stopped. The other starters Jacob Evans, Troy Caupain and Kevin Johnson had a total of 23 points. The bench provided quality minutes as well scoring 20 of the Bearcats’ points, 15 of those came from freshman Jarron Cumberland. The future is looking bright.
The UConn Huskies, who were the pre-season #2 favorites in conference, faced so many injuries this season and ended up with a final 14-16 record in their regular season. I don’t like the Huskies at all but it sucks when a team has to suffer due to injuries. So, I do feel bad for the Huskies because I don’t wish that on anyone at all. It’s a tough break for Kevin Ollie’s team. They only made three 3-pointers yesterday, committed 11 turnovers and were out rebounded. At least they have the women’s team who are doing remarkably well as usual.
Now that regular season is just about to wrap up. We can now look forward to the post-season madness! First up, the AAC conference tournament. Here is what the official bracket looks like.
The Bearcats will get a bye for Thursday night and will play the winner of the Tulane and Tulsa game on Friday night. In the regular season, the Bearcats beat Tulsa and Tulane both times, so hopefully it wouldn’t be too much of a challenge for Cincinnati. If we happen to win that game we would have to either play UConn or Houston (sorry USF, I just don’t see you winning.) Preferably I’d like to stay away from UConn considering the tournament is taking place at Connecticut and with the home field advantage is a major help for them. And, I hate to remind that the last time we played UConn in the tournament game, Cincinnati had to suffer a 4 overtime loss which I would like to never go through again. One thing I do like is that we won’t have to square up against SMU and UCF, especially UCF. SMU can deal with the Knights and Tako Fall. In my opinion, if all goes well, it looks like a showdown between SMU and Cincinnati for the AAC Tournament crown. Both teams are great in the AAC and pretty much a lock for the NCAA Tournament. If we could win the tournament, that would mean a 30-4 record and 2-1 win-loss advantage over SMU. In my book, that could be a possible #4 seed in the Big Dance.
Senior guard and captain Tory Caupain talked about his goals for the conference tournament and that is to cut down the nets. The city of Cincinnati can see this happening. They’re a great team. It’s up to them if they want it. The main thing for them is to stay healthy and play together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mick Cronin get a conference tournament championship and I would love to see him and the team get it. I’m just so excited and ready for the madness to start. It should be fun to watch! Lets go Cats!!