One team that may be a bit underrated this season are Mick Cronin’s Cincinnati Bearcats. With their head coach sidelined for a significant portion of last season for health reasons the Bearcats still managed to reach the NCAA tournament, falling to Kentucky in the round of 32, and many of the key contributors are back.
Sunday afternoon the Bearcats moved to 2-0 on the season with a decisive 106-44 win over Robert Morris, using the combination of a balanced offensive attack and some stifling defense to get the job done. Guard Farad Cobb led eight double-digit scorers with 15 points, and point guards Troy Caupain and Justin Jenifer were responsible for nine points and one turnover apiece.
Thirty-two of their 38 field goals were of the assisted variety, and the Bearcats scored 52 points in the paint while also converting 29 Robert Morris turnovers into 36 points.
Two of those 36 points came on an impressive Shaq Thomas windmill during the second half, which can be seen above. While SMU and UConn have received an ample amount of attention when it comes to projecting the American Athletic Conference race, Cincinnati will be heard from as well. They’ll face tougher opposition than Sunday (or Friday’s win over Western Carolina, for that matter), but the Bearcats have more than enough talent and experience to make a statement nationally this season.
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It’s never a surprise when college basketball players get excited over new uniforms, as having something different tends to have that kind of effect on the team. Cincinnati’s players got their first look at the team’s new uniforms for the upcoming season ahead of their annual photo day, but things were a little different for Mick Cronin’s team.
July 1 marked the school’s official switch in footwear and apparel provider, as they made the move from adidas to Under Armour. That likely means no more uniforms like the ones Cincinnati wore during postseason play in 2013, which featured shorts that looked Zubaz-inspired.
The jerseys have a simple look, and in the video above one player can be overheard commenting on the material used by Under Armour. And one of the details of the uniforms, which won’t be often seen during games since players are required to keep their jerseys tucked in, is the use of the school motto “Juncta Juvant” (“strength in unity” in Latin).
Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin has been cleared to return to the sidelines, according to a release from the school.
The Bearcats made the 2015 NCAA tournament as interim head coach Larry Davis took over after Cronin was sidelined for precautionary reasons. Cronin was away from games since Dec. 20 as he was dealing with a non-life threatening vascular condition known as arterial dissection.
“I would like to thank the entire University of Cincinnati community and administration for their support during the past three months,” Cronin said in the release. “I also would like to thank UC Health and its neurosurgery department, especially Dr. Norberto Andaluz and Dr. Todd Abruzzo, for the care that I have received.
“Obviously, I’m excited to be coaching again, but most importantly, I’m grateful to be 100 percent healthy.”
Cincinnati finished 7-2 in Cronin’s nine games of coaching while associate head coach Larry Davis went 16-9 and help the Bearcats to a 23-11 record on the season.
“We are pleased Mick is able to fully resume his coaching duties,” Director of Athletics Mike Bohn said in the release. “His behind-the-scenes leadership was critical in last season’s success coupled with Larry’s direction and the players’ focus on the court throughout the year.”
It’s good to see Cronin return, even better he’s 100 percent.
Cronin took to Twitter to address his return.