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December 28th, 2010 By Jason Gargano | Sports |

Are the Bearcats for Real (Part Deux)?

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I wrote this on Dec. 6 about the UC Bearcats men's basketball team: “... it looks like the ’Cats could open the year with a 12-0 record and no doubt a spot in the Top 25."

Well, here we are a few weeks later and UC is 12-0 … but without a spot in the Top 25. The latest AP poll has the ’Cats at No. 29, a position that's hard to argue against given UC's epically weak schedule (the most recent RPI poll has them at No. 95, with a strength of schedule ranking of 340 out of 346 Division I teams).

We'll begin this week to find out whether Mick Cronin's fifth UC team is for real, as the Big East schedule opens tonight with a home game against DePaul. That's followed by two more home games — Friday against Seton Hall and Jan. 6's Crosstown Shootout against Xavier, always an unpredictable matchup no matter each team's talents.

That said, it's certainly possible UC could be 15-0 heading into its toughest game to date, on the road Jan. 9 at No. 8 Villanova.

So what I asked a few weeks ago is still an open question: Can UC go 9-9 in Big East conference play, which would seem enough to yield that elusive NCAA bid?

We should begin to find out this week.

 
 
12.28.2010 at 08:55 Reply
No respect. They could go 9-9 in the Big East and still get shafted somehow. If Kentucky (No. 12!!! and the two real games they've played, they've lost) or UConn or Duke had the same exact schedule as the Cats, they'd be No. 1 with a bullet in all polls right now. The non-local announcers who've called the very few TV games this year so far can barely contain their eagerness for UC to fall apart. Weird.

 

12.31.2010 at 01:11 Reply
PJG
the sun shines bright on my old kentucky home. cincinnati is kentucky country.

 

12.31.2010 at 04:49
Will the Sun Shine bright on Kentucky when John Calipari gets UK the NCAA Death Penalty for recruiting violations PJG? Old John has been in trouble with the NCAA at every school he's ever coached...Go back to Lexington where you belong PJG! This is Bearcat and Musketeer country you loser

 

12.31.2010 at 04:38 Reply
Will the Sun Shine bright on Kentucky when John Calipari gets UK the NCAA Death Penalty for recruiting violations PJG? Old John has been in trouble with the NCAA at every school he's ever coached...Go back to Lexington where you belong PJG! This is Bearcat and Musketeer country you loser

 

 
 
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