Suddenly, there's an excitement to this string of Directional State games over the next week. When the schedule originally came out -- my, how things were different then -- this appeared to be the darkest lull in the schedule just before Big East play hit. Now, it's intriguing to show up and see if this new four-guard offense can duplicate Wednesday's outburst.
The first true challenge of the offense will be against Oklahoma, who can match up athletically and really make UC pay for its lack of size, but if they shoot anywhere near the way they did Wednesday, that won't matter much.
Remember, not only was UC 14 of 32 from 3-point range, but two of their three best shooters from deep went a combined 3 of 12. When you shoot 45 percent from deep and your two of your top shooters miss nine times, the hopes that the shooting trend can continue look good.
Of course, the old adage remains, live by the 3....well, you know the rest. Shooting 32 times from deep probably isn't the ideal number for Cronin, but add in a little more attacking action and you'll see a dangerous balance.
--- Mick Cronin talked about watching the Wright State film to be liberating. There's a line of UC fans right behind him uttering the same words.
--- Few quick notes on Radford. They play in the same conference as Presbyterian College. In fact, the lost to the Blue Hose (4-5) by eight. They have lost seven in a row and rank in the bottom 30 in the country in points (59.5), assists (9.2) and field goal percentage (.360).
They played Kentucky close...for approximately two minutes before falling 88-40.
--- Zach Collaros has said he's optimistic he'll be able to play in the Liberty Bowl. Butch Jones places it at 50-50. It sure would be special to see ZC step back out there again. Even if some of the plays he runs are more passing progression based that wouldn't necessarily require him to use his legs, it would be a great moment for Collaros to change the final image of his last play with the Bearcats.
My gut feeling -- by the way, Butch Jones not interested in consulting my gut -- is that he plays, as do Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen.
--- Butch Jones and Tommy G ran down some of the defining plays of the year on this week's FSO show. Love that Pat O'Donnell's punt against NC State made it in. Watching it again, I had forgotten how much of a bomb that was, it traveled 60+ yards in the air easily.
--- A reminder to get out and get your Liberty Bowl tickets now. For all your information head over to UC's Bowl Central.
--- On the move today, so we are giving some quick randomness, I personally can't believe we are more than halfway through the month and I haven't posted a National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation video.