There's one bad thing about covering the NCAA Tournament - it actually makes it difficult to follow the NCAA Tournament. Between attending practices, news conferences, and doing your job, you wind up missing a lot of action going on in the other regions.
But I'm obviously not complaining. After five long years as a tournament-watching couch potato, it is a huge thrill to be back on the Bearcat beat for March Madness.
Mick Cronin has obviously been there before, including two appearances in his three years at
"There's a huge feeling of satisfaction to not just be in the tournament, but to be solidly in the tournament," Mick told reporters on Sunday night. "For the last week we've known we're in, and you want to get the program to the point where you know you're in the tournament, it's just a matter of what your seed is going to be. We have a bit of an older group, so hopefully we'll have enough maturity to handle it well."
"I have not seen
I watched Missouri play Georgetown on TV in November - a game that saw the Tigers blow a late lead in regulation by missing key free throws down the stretch.
Mizzou rebounded from that loss to win nine straight, and at one point had a 14-1 record. But since then, the Tigers are 9-9 and have dropped four of their last five games.
The Bearcats will get to work on preparing for the
"I wanted the guys to enjoy the moment," Coach Cronin said. "I feel really good for the seniors. I felt really bad for Deonta Vaughn last year. But for this group of guys - our first real recruiting class - to be able to go out knowing that they've been a part of rebuilding a storied program with great tradition is a source of great pride for them. They should take a lot of pride in what they've done."
It's great to be back isn't it?
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