The games outside of the comfort of 5/3 Arena have plagued the Cincinnati Bearcats so far this season.
The Cincinnati Bearcats sit at 10-6 after a week of three very different games.
After punishing UConn at home 67-51 the Bearcats went down to New Orleans to take on Tulane that was on a 22-game conference losing streak and lost. Chris Vogt tied a career high with 21 points for the Bearcats, Keith Williams added 18 points and six rebounds and Jarron Cumberland had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
This is how the game went
After taking a seven point lead into halftime the wheels came off for the Bearcats in the second half. The box score looks pretty good for the Bearcats. They shot 92% of the line and 45% from the field. The Bearcats also claimed victory in rebounds and blocks but the kicker was they finished with 17 turnovers. All of this in front of 2,513 Tulane fans.
The Bearcats loss to the Green Wave pushed them to 0-3 in true road games.
In what started as a rock fight turned into a blow out. For the first time this season we saw the Clutchman Cousins put on a show. Jarron scored a game-high 22 points and cousin Jaevin added 16 off the bench, 13 of which came in the second half.
The Bearcats continued their strong play at home. They held a 4 point lead going into halftime, 26-22. They then exploded for 49 in the second half while holding Tulsa to 22 points in the second half as well for a 75-44 victory.
The first half was shaky at best and the Bearcats couldn’t buy a bucket. Strong play by the big men is what pushed the Bearcats forward in the second half. Big man in the middle Vogt finished with a double double with 12-11. Tre Scott scored 10 and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Going into the game against the Knights the Bearcats were 0-3 in true road games. Winning on the road is a must and the Bearcats have been ice cold outside of 5th/3rd arena. UCF lost a ton of talent from last year and shouldn’t be in the top half of the league this season.
I was nervous about this one.
Luckily, senior Tre Scott continued his strong play in Orlando. He finished with 14-7-4. Keith Williams led the way with 16 for the Bearcats (10-6, 3-1). The Bearcats were down 3 at the half, 29-26, but held the Knights to just 25 points in the second half.
Jarron only scored 6 points on the day but recorded 7 assists while looking very good playing point guard.
Either team was lucky to walk away in this one because the refs were amazingly bad. I thought they were questionable in previous games but they’re getting worse. The worst call of the day came against Chris Vogt for simply posting up. Both Vogt and McNeal took deliberate shots to the face to be helped up off the floor with no call.
If you ask me the verdict is still out on this team and we’ll know more as soon as Thursday when the Bearcats travel to Memphis to take on the (12-3, 1-1) #21 Tigers.
Who knows what’s going on in this league.