I owe my friend Donna Ditota a public apology.
Donna is a sportswriter for the Syracuse Post-Standard, and when I ran into her at Big East Media Day she predicted that
I thought Donna was nuts at the time. I thought she was REALLY clueless on November 3rd when the
Three months later,
"To me they're the best team in the country because they shoot 50% from the field (actually 53%) and they only give up 39% on defense," Mick Cronin said. "They do a great job in their zone. When you do penetrate their zone they block shots. That's the backbreaker. You gotta make sure you finish with strength around the rim against them because you can't get the ball down to the two-foot marker and come away empty. You have to score or get fouled. Their passing is excellent. They get a ton of layups because of their transition, their size, and their passing."
In the LeMoyne loss,
"They play hard," said UC junior Larry Davis. "Their 2-3 zone is no joke. They rebound the ball, they can get the ball in the paint, they've got a couple of guys that can really score . . . they're really tough."
"You're going to have to shoot the ball, the question is, 'Are you shooting open shots?' Coach Cronin said. "One thing you have to be very careful of against
In the past few weeks we've all started projecting what games UC needs to win - and is capable of winning - in order to make the NCAA Tournament. With the exception of DePaul at home, nothing would shock me in
The Bearcats need to win at least half of their remaining regular season games to remain in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid. To do that, they have to consistently play with the intensity they displayed in
Super Bowl Sunday at 2:00 would be a good time to start.
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