That's what UC finished on this first real test of the Big East road wars, ending with a gutsy win over St. John; and some people still aren't happy. Good thing the players don't care, coaches either. If people would take a minute and look a the home record combined of all the Big East teams, you would find this is not that much out of line with the norm. It is just hard to win on the road in the Big Beast; especially if you start slow. Look at the New York Jets when they played the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday; slow start, impressive second half and the results are to watch the Super Bowl at home.
As this teams continues to (hopefully) buy in to the coaching staff and toughen up their start of game mentality there is a real chance they could steal another road game. But more important, they have to hold serve at home. Any team who will have any measure of success in this league will have to hold serve and "steal" on the road. This is the only time stealing is condoned. The other challenge is not to let down because you're back at home because Rutgers and West Virginia are trying to steal wins as well, and with Huggy Bear, Bob Huggins returning the incentive to win has more layers than a normal game regardless of what anyone tells you.
UC's salad and appetizers portion of the schedule have been served; the main course is ready and its a heavy dose of meat and potatoes banging in the Big East. If this team can continue to improve and a clear cut leader can lead by example on both ends of the court, this team can get better. Say what you want about Mick, UC and/or the program itself but progress is real; getting in the NCAA tournament is realistic. Knowing everyone won't believe in them is reality.
That's the way I see it, sitting in The Box Seat