Freshman guard Cashmere Wright wasn't aware of the news before he took the dais for Monday's media availability. So, when the question came - how does it feel to be ranked No. 22 in the nation? - he was confused.
"Who's ranked?" he asked.
Big smile across his face: "Oh. Well." And then, his voice squeaked: "It feels good."
It surely must. Especially for a guy like senior guard Deonta Vaughn, who's been a member of some struggling Bearcats squads and is the one player who's been here all four years of the Mick Cronin era as the coach has tried to rebuild the program.
"What can I say?" Vaughn said. "We earned it, showing we can play with some of the top teams in the nation. It's good we're getting some respect. It took four years to do it."
he was surprised it happened this week, particularly after losing the Maui
Invitational finals to Gonzaga, then unranked and now No. 17. But the strength
of UC's victories against Vanderbilt and
happy for the guys," said Cronin, whose squad will play host to
You also probably don't have to worry about this going to the collective head of the Bearcats. Rashad Bishop knows Cronin won't let that happen.
"It's still early in the season," Bishop said. "We still want to get to the NCAA tournament. Winning four games isn't going to do it."
UC cornerback Mike Mickens was signed to the Bengals practice squad today. He
was drafted by
a Bearcats Rising book signing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in