Cincinnati’s in decent shape in regards to the 2011 NCAA tournament field. The Bearcats are a 9 seed in our latest projections.
Still, they could use a little breathing room. A home win tonight against Louisville would provide just that. But they refuse to think about anything other than tonight. Forget March. Focus on the Cardinals.
“You get pressure from everybody about the tournament and all this, but we can’t put that pressure on ourselves,” senior Larry Davis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We can’t worry about what’s going to happen if we lose. We just have to play to win, pay more attention to the game plan.”
Louisville’s hardly Cincinnati’s last chance at a marquee win. Games remain against Georgetown (twice), UConn and Marquette, not to mention the Big East tournament.
Still, give credit to Cincinnati (19-6, 8-4) for refusing to take things lightly when they keep hearing about pressure.
“Kentucky is .500 in their league,” coach Mick Cronin told the paper. “Villanova is 7-5 in our league and they’re a Top 10 team all year. We’re a game off those kind of people. The hardest thing for me is to keep our guys focused and positive. That’s the biggest challenge in our conference.”
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