If you had told me this time last week the Bearcats would return home from their two-game road swing 1-1, I probably would have been ok with that. However, after the 'Cats thrilling win on Saturday at Syracuse, the loss Tuesday night at Providence was certainly disappointing. Winning on the road in the BIG EAST isn't easy, but after knocking off the Orange in OT, Cincinnati was primed to pick off the Friars and continue to show progress. Instead a tough second half, led to a 15 point loss at Alumni Hall.
Now Jamelle Elliott's troops will look to bounce-back Saturday when they welcome Villanova for the first of three consecutive home games. The game is the Bearcats "Think Pink" game (3rd in-a-row) and fans are encouraged to wear pink as part of the support for Breast Cancer Research. The Bearcats will be wearing special uniforms for the game. They are primarily white, white pink trim. I saw them last week and they are sharp.
If you need to know one thing about Harry Perretta and the Villanova Wildcats, it is this: they live and die by the three. The Wildcats have shot 655 three's this season. That is more than half of their 1292 shots. They shoot only 29.0% from beyond the arc and that is a big part of the reason they are 1-11 in the BIG EAST this season. But don't take the Wildcats for granted. When they get hot, they are a dangerous (and well coached) team. Don't believe me? Ask Syracuse, 'Nova got them for 13 three's back on February 9th, the Wildcats only conference win.
If you get FOX Sports Ohio, make sure you watch Bearcats Sports Weekly w/
Mick Cronin, Jamelle Elliott tonight (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m.. Jamelle fills in for Mick and does a great job as my co-pilot. We also feature senior Michelle Jones, who scored her 1,000th career point at Providence. If you missed it, click here to watch online.
Hope to see you Saturday at Fifth Third Arena, if you are coming out, remember to wear pink. If not, you can watch the game live at 2:00 p.m. CLICK HERE TO WATCH