Bearcats Dominate UConn…again
The Basketball Bearcats have gotten off to a shaky start, expected or otherwise. Losses to OSU, Bowling Green, X, Colgate, and Iowa are concerning on multiple levels. At times though, this team has been able to pull it together to look downright impressive, see wins over UNLV, Vermont, #21 Tennessee, and now most recently UConn. The Bearcats are still working through a lot while learning Johnny Brannen’s style and playbook but that didn’t hinder them enough to lose to Uconn during their last visit to Cincinnati as a conference opponent. In fact they flexed all over UConn to the tune of 76-51.
Tre Scott notched a double double with 10 points and a career high 13 rebounds. Big man in the middle Chris Vogt dropped 19 while abusing UConn all night. Jarron held his own with 15 on the night as well.
The Bearcats shot 50% in the first half and held the Huskies to 26% on an outstanding first half defensive effort that gave them a halftime lead of 35-19.
The Bearcats have been plagued by the turnover bug so far this season but only gave up 13 turnovers and causing 16. The Bearcats outrebounded UConn and from tip to finish dominated in every aspect.
The Bearcats are now 8-5 (1-0) and take on Tulane tomorrow at 4pm on CBSSN. The Green Wave is also 8-5 and coming off of their first league loss to Memphis. The Green Wave is lead by first year head coach Ron Hunter. Bearcats fans will remember seeing him as Georgia State’s head coach. A team the Bearcats beat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as a 2 seed in 2018.
Bearcats Dominate Boston College
After a nice 90 minute lightning delay Des Ridder was in complete control of this this one. Ridder rushed for 105 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Bearcats beatdown of Boston College. He would throw for another one and the #21 Bearcats dominate 38-6.
Michael Warren cut through the BC defense like a hot knife through butter on his way to 105 rushing yards.
Ridder was throwing dimes out there too. Followed right up by Mbodj with an incredible grab for a touchdown.
The defensive MVP would have to go to senior Bryan Wright. The man was all over the feld last night blowing up plays, several big hits and tackles for losses, and a big fumble recovery. The defense was so good that BC only had 8 first downs in the entire game and just 164 yards of total offense. Both Ridder and Warren outrushed the Eagles who put up just 77 yards total!
Another huge stat line for the Bearcats was penalties. The Bearcats spent most of the season as the most penalized team in college football. Last night just 2 penalties totaling 5 yards.
The only reason this game wasn’t a shut out was a blocked field goal by the Eagles that they ran back for a touchdown and then proceeded to miss the PAT. Other than that the Eagles didn’t even sniff the endzone.
While some were soaking in their last game as a Bearcat others like James Hudson III was just getting started. The Michigan transfer looked really good in his first game after becoming eligible due to the transfer rules. I mean really good. He’ll be a difference maker on the front lines next year.
Fickell and company have now put up back to back 11 win seasons. After a loss in week 2 the Bearcats rattled off 9 straight wins, won the East division for the first time and made their first appearance in the AAC Championship game. It was painful some weeks. It was the best thing in town others. With all the pieces the Bearcats have coming back and the recruiting class they have coming in next year, somehow, has even more potential than this season did. Assuming Fickell is back next year can he and the Bearcats put up 11 wins (or more) for a third time in a row for the first time in Bearcats history?