Bearcats Are All Over the NBA Summer League

There are Cincinnati Bearcats all over the NBA Summer League this year in Vegas. With some of the talent that has made its way through the program the past few years, with 8 straight NCAA tournament appearances, it’s awesome that we’re finally starting to see some of Mick Cronin’s recruits have success after college. Jacob Evans III was the first round pick for the Golden State Warriors this past year, and has been playing a bunch of minutes for them in their first few games out west. As a Lakers fan, I was super jealous that he went to the GSW, instead of being nabbed by LA a few picks earlier.

Joining Evans this summer is Gary Clark with the Houston Rockets. I’m not sure if Gary is playing in the Summer League because I’ve seen him in street clothes on the bench. He signed a two-way deal with the Houston Rockets after going undrafted, but I think he can be good fit for them under the right circumstances. Clark’s frontcourt buddy Kyle Washington is also on a team this summer, playing for the Detroit Pistons. I’m not sure that Washington has the chops to make it in the NBA, but I think he definitely could make a nice living if he goes to Europe and plays professionally.

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I Wonder If Butch Jones Is Receiving College Credit for His Summer Internship

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SI.com – Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones is joining the Alabama coaching staff, but he won’t be on the field.

Instead, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said he is “an intern, an analyst” after practice Tuesday.

“I guess we could have several names for it, Saban said. “He can’t coach on the field. He can work with us off the field. And today was actually the first time he was cleared by the NCAA. We have these rules and I don’t even know what they’re called, like we can’t hire high school coaches. We can’t hire people that have recruited other players that we’re recruiting and all that. You have to go through a process with the NCAA, and that finally got completed today.”

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When I first read the headline that Butch Jones was going to “intern” at Alabama, I almost pulled a muscle from laughing. Or was that from when I tried to get out of my desk chair too quickly? Either way, a muscle was almost pulled and I’m kinda sore right now. Anywhooo – the titles were a little misleading when news broke on his new gig, but the fact of the matter remains: Butch Jones has turned into a puddle of suck in recent years and this might be as far rock bottom as a coach can go.  Continue reading

Mick Cronin Wins Sporting News Coach of the Year

They said it at the beginning of the year, but a lot of people were skeptical. This was going to be Mick Cronin’s best team since he took over the reigns from Andy Kennedy at Cincinnati.

This season, Cronin has done an outstanding job coaching the Bearcats, and today he was named the Sporting News Coach of the Year after leading Cincinnati to the outright AAC regular season title. This comes just a day after UC Senior F Gary Clark was named the AAC Player of the Year. Hard to argue with that selection; Clark has been a force all season.

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I Hate Sports and I Quit

Let the record show: Sunday, February 18th, 2018 is the day I finally quit. I’m sick of the constant letdown and disappointment. Its my fault, honestly. I could just become a bandwagon fan like I’ve seen so many people do. I could be a Duke basketball fan, Alabama football fan and alternate between the Patriots and Steelers, whichever was winning the most at the time. Yankees too? Why not? If I’m going all in, I might as well wear a pinstriped Aaron Judge jersey and spit on people as I scream about 27 rings.

 

Instead, I’ve remained loyal to my Cincinnati roots. I even refuse to root for an NBA team with one of the best players that ever lived simply because they’re in Cleveland. Rooting for the Cavs would be so easy, yet I would rather be caught watching Lena Dunham make out with Jake Paul by my grandma than Witness anything King James is doing up north. Sure, I have my on-again off-again relationship with the Denver Nuggets, but we’re like Ross and Rachel from Friends. Will we end up together when it’s all said and done? I guess you’ll have to buy the box set to find out.

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Crosstown Shootout 12/2

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In my opinion, the Crosstown Shootout is one of the top 5 best rivalries in present day sports.  It is by far the most underrated on a national coverage basis even though it is the second biggest NCAA basketball rivalry behind Duke/UNC.  They only play once a year, since they are not in a conference together, which helps make it an even bigger once a year spectacle (Note: When XU was an independent they faced twice a year from 1948 to 1958).  The biggest drawback this year is they decided to schedule the game on NCAAF conference championship weekend.  This has led to a tip time of 12:00pm ET.  This game should be on an empty weekend so it can be a prime-time tip or on a weeknight to give it the extra special feel that it deserves.  Final exams are coming up next week at UC and would have given them another reason to avoid scheduling the game for this week.

These are two of the top 20 college basketball programs in the country right now and separated by just a few miles.  The schools have a divided fan base that typically do not like each other.  Xavier is a private Catholic university while UC is a public state university.  The teams have played 84 times with Cincinnati leading the battle 50-34.  The UC Bearcats dominated the series from the mid 1950’s through the 1970s with Xavier only winning twice.  Xavier has had a stretch of trying to even up the all-time record by winning 13 of the last 20 match-ups.

The 2011 Crosstown Shootout was quite memorable for all the wrong reasons.  There was a nasty brawl with 9.6 seconds left in a blowout Xavier win.  The brawl consisted of throats grabs, shoves, punches, basketball launched at someone’s head and a stomp on the back of the head.  The three years prior to this brawl really started the build up to this blow up.  During the match-ups from 2008-2010 there were 9 technical fouls, an ejection, UC clearing their bench early in a game and multiple heated incidents.

The current XU and UC teams seem to play with more respect and less hatred than in the past.  This leads to a better experience as we focus on the game and rivalry and not a bunch of incidents that do not belong in basketball.

The Bearcats won last year’s match-up 86-78 even though Trevon Bluiett had an incredible performance with 40 points.  The Bearcats have not won at the Cintas Center since 2001, which is their only victory there ever.

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I Watched Rudy Today and I Didn’t Cry

Ok, that’s a lie. I cried. It’s kind of impossible not to when you sit down and think about it. Unless you’re a robot or have never competed in athletics and don’t know the hard work that goes into having the slightest bit of success. Sure, you may have gotten a promotion a few years before me because of hard work, but that doesn’t compare to the daily grind of trying to be successful in a violent sport, nerd. Continue reading

Cincinnati Bearcat Basketball Highlights to Pump You Up

Your #12 Cincinnati Bearcats tip off Friday at noon against NCAA powerhouse Savannah State.  The boys are looking good from what I’ve seen of the Red and Black scrimmage, and the two exhibition blowouts.  This is going to be Mick’s best team, with the addition of Cane Broome, and the return of Cumberland, Evans, Gary Clark (problem), and lefty post specialist Kyle Washington.  I’m going to argue that Cumberland and Evans are NBA bound, possibly after this season.  I can’t blame them; if they have spectacular seasons, make that money while you can.

With the new season starting up, here’s a look back at last years highlights:

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