Thursday the real Cincinnati Bearcats showed up. The Bearcats went into thursday game against Georgetown hot off a win against Providence. A win that redeemed their late season loss to the Friars and a win that gave hope to the Cincinnati faithful. Hope is a dangerous thing.
Cincinnati opened up the game slouching, missing shots and letting Georgetown run away early. The Hoyas went up 27-8 at one point late in the first half. The Bearcats would mount a comeback, Mick Cronin was T’d up for yelling at Sean Kilpatrick. Cronin’s tirade would spark a Cincinnati comeback led by Cashmere Wright who knocked down 3 three’s to help pull the Bearcats within 5 at the half. At the half with the intensity still high Mick Cronin when asked about his technical foul responded with “I guess thats a technical if you’re not a hall of fame coach.” A clear shot at the referees.
Out of the half Cincinnati came out with the same intensity taking the lead 33-31, and that would be the last positive for the Bearcats. Cincinnati was out scored 33-19 in the second half, no one could make a shot or grab a rebound. Sean Kilpatrick only managed 4 points the entire game, Senior Cashmere Wright led the Bearcats with 14 points in this losing effort.
The Hoya’s move onto the fourth round tomorrow. Cincinnati meanwhile leaves New York knowing they are in the tournament but know sure what seeding they will receive. More than likely the Bearcats are looking at a 9 or 10 seed, depending on the seeding they could be out in the first round or advance. There are so many questions surrounding this team right now.
Selection Sunday will tell us where and who we will be playing. Lets all hope we aren’t relegated to a play in game.