Episode 9: Inside the Bearcats Podcast

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For the first time in the history of the podcast, I can officially say that I welcomed a Hall of Famer this week as Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News joined the program.

DeCourcy was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the United States Basketball Writers. Many UC fans will remember him from his time covering the Bearcats from 1997-2000 for The Enquirer.

He spent the last 11 years as Sporting News' lead college basketball writer and is an analyst on the Big Ten Network.
It's always great to see Mike at the games, as he still lives in Cincinnati. He plans on returning to Fifth Third for the Marquette game in a little over a week.

If you were wondering at all about the RPI or the current state of the Bearcats bubble position you only need to listen the 25 minutes of this podcast and you'll be overflowing with knowledge from as credible a source as exists in the game today.

Now, Mike is a Steelers fan, but don't hold it against him. Not everyone can be perfect.

Big thanks to him for joining, if you aren't following him on Twitter you are missing out (@tsnmike) and you can read him regularly at the Sporting News here. Great stuff and as you'll quickly find out, he's darn passionate about college basketball. Refreshing. 

On to the podcast:

Minutes 1-6: We waste no time, jumping right down to business -- why is the Bearcats RPI so different from the other metrics and is going to keep them out of The Dance?

6-8: Seriously, could a team with a winning record against the RPI Top 50 be left out of this thing?

8-12: How much should we be talking about the non-conference schedule and is it killing UC right now -- also, Jennifer Aniston makes an appearance in the conversation.

12-16: How aware is the committee of some of the deeper issues surrounding UC?

16-18: Bottom line, what does this team need to do over the last four games and Big East tourney to return to the tournament.

18-22: USF is 10-4, UC 9-5 and on the bubble? What in the name of Derrick Coleman is going on in this conference?

22-24: Mike let's us know when he'll be making another appearance at Fifth Third as we sign off and take breath.

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