So, a really good win for the Bearcats, especially considering what could have happened if they had lost. Now they're 5-4 in the Big East and in sixth place. A couple points I want to make:
Wright surprised the Friars tonight. He scored a career-high 24 points, and
Said Wright: "I was just playing my game. Things started falling and that's how it happens sometimes."
Cronin, though, wasn't surprised. Those are the kind of performances he
witnessed when Wright played at
been a learning experience for him," Cronin said. "He went to an excellent
school academically, but it is also very small. His high school is not allowed
to play the other public schools in
-Lance Stephenson didn't start, Cronin said, because he's suffering through a lower abdominal strain.
"There was a thought that he might not even play," Cronin said. "He struggled to get loose in walk-through. He came in and shot after the women's game. He felt much better. I know it bothered him a little bit."
-Darnell Wilks had quite a game as well, scoring 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting to go with four rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
"It was me listening to what coach says and being patient," Wilks said. "When I get the ball, not rushing it."
-One last thing to address: the abysmal free throw shooting that nearly cost UC the game. After tonight's 20 of 41 performance from the foul line, the Bearcats are shooting 63.0 percent. That would rank 15th in the Big East and 311th out of 334 teams (using the statistics from before today's games).
Said Cronin: "We won't be able to do that on the road at Notre Dame. I'm a big believer in the law of averages. Deonta Vaughn hadn't missed a free throw since Gonzaga. Dion Dixon hadn't missed one in eight games. It is eventually going to catch up. Let it catch up tonight when we have a 14-point lead. If we do that Thursday, we will not win."