Well the football season didn't pan out the way we wanted but we have next year and with so many returning players how can you not be optomistic about the future of UC football?
And with an 8-0 start how can you not have optimism about the future of UC basketball? Now i'm not proclaiming they're going to run the Big East table or even make the tournament but give them credit for beating the teams they scheduled by the margins you would expect. Yes their first true test witll be Oklahoma because it will be a team in a major conference who has major players and a major advantage with the home crowd; but it will also allow us to see how players who have had little trouble getting their shots, work to get them against like minded competition. Will Yancy Gates continue to rebound and deliver double doubles? Will Dion Dixon still contribute and keep his composure? Will Cashmere Wright run the point effectively? These answers will start to reveal themselves in the very near future.
I am not opposed to scheduling wins for two reasons; One, to get in the NCAA, it appears 20 something is the key regardless of other factors. When you look at teams who haven't had much success still get in the tournament, typically its because they've won 20plus games. So the 'Cats have 8 down and I'd estimate 15 to go to be a lock. Secondly, whatever isn't working or needs tweaking, you can fix with these games because it will show itself to the coaching staff. Now either the coaches fix the problem or replace the parts, and I don't think UC still has the depth to replace players with the same talent level so they can focus on the task at hand.
This is one of the most anticipated seasons in Bearcat basketball history because it will most certainly decide whether Mick Cronin is successful or not. I think they just have to win the games they're supposed to win like the first 8 and the rest will take care of itself. The bigger question is: Which games are they supposed to win in the Big East? The answer will come well after the question.
That's the way I see it, sitting in The Box Seat...