On paper, it's a game that UC should win and
But do you know why I'm nervous about the outcome?
All you need to know about Bob Huggins' ability to coach a team that has no business winning to victory can be found on that date when he led UC to a 74-66 overtime win over UMass in the Rock 'n Roll Shootout in Cleveland.
It might be the most unlikely win in Bearcat history.
For UC to win under those circumstances, Bobby Brannen needed to have a huge game and he did, scoring a career-high 32 points. But the remarkable thing about the victory was how Huggs managed to get big contributions from players who did not have great careers.
Seldom-used guard Shawn Myrick had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Football players Brent Petrus and Brad Jackson traveled cross-country from the Humanitarian Bowl to join the fight and played key roles. Petrus played 34 minutes and had 6 points and 5 rebounds, and
I'm not saying that Coach Huggins will do it again tonight - in fact, I think the Bearcats are going to pull out a tough, physical, low-scoring game.
But as Rick Pitino put it after
"Bob Huggins can coach seven guys named Harry and be competitive."
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