Bearcats Slay Tacko & UCF in Win
The Bearcats (16-2, 5-0) walk away victors of the rock and broken glass fight against UCF. I’m not sure what I watched (listened) to in the first half. We scored 15 points in the first half….15 points? WTF? There’s Cincinnati basketball, then there’s what just happened. The Bearcat won the game scoring 49 points. Let me say that again, The Bearcats won the game scoring 49 points. The Bearcats won that game on the back of Gary “The Problem” Clark. What’s a man to a god? What’s a god to Gary Clark? I can’t say anything about this man that hasn’t already been said but thank God he’s in Red and Black. Can you imagine basketball without him wearing #11 for Cronin and the ‘Cats? I can’t right now. Let’s look at the numbers from The Problem: 17 points, 14 rebounds, 1 steal, assist, and block with a 7’6″ giant lurking in the paint! He refused to give this one up. It’s his 10th game with 14+ rebounds, and most double doubles (24) UC has seen in the last 12 years.
The final stat sheet has 10 points scored by Jacob Evans III and the only other Bearcats to score in double digits but I’m not sure how he did it. He shot 3-13 had 4 turnovers, and 1 monstrous block late in the second half. I’m calling it his worst game of his career. His game was ugly tonight and was a turnover machine early in first half. The Bearcats have held opponents to 18 field goals or less in the last 5 games and have held every AAC opponents to 56 points or less. I had notes I took during the game but ate them at half time.
^ This is now the understatement of the ’17-’18 basketball season.
We can’t forget about the #beerofthegame
Here we go Bearcats, let’s make it 9 in a row!
Grab a beer and strap in for the Bearcats (15-2, 4-0) and the Knights (15-5, 3-2) Tuesday night at 7pm on the CBS Sports Network or in my case tuning into Dan and Terry on 700 WLW because I don’t have that stupid channel. Either way it should be a pretty good game and if the UCF basketball twitter is any indication, they’ll be ready for us, again.
Last year the Bearcats and the Knights split their series, each winning at home. The game in Orlando was a classic rock and broken glass fight with the Knights winning 53-49, not ideal. This year UCF has some familiar faces, they’re still lead by Coach Dawkins, anchored by the BFG Tacko Fall, and if he’s healthy enough (which he probably will be because that’s how it goes) BJ Taylor. Fall leads the team in scoring with almost 12/game followed by AJ Davis at almost 11/game. Davis and Fall also lead the team in rebounding.
The thing about this year’s Knight is they wouldn’t fall under my Typical AAC team criteria. They don’t have an awful loss. Their worst two losses are Missouri and UCONN. Yes, at this point I’d consider UCONN a bad loss, they’re terrible. That UCONN loss was just last 5 days ago and the last game they’ve played. They’ll be hungry to bounce back after that. Also, they did get DOMINATED by West Virginia, 83-45.
The Knights only allow about 55 points per game, which is pretty damn good but the Bearcats are scoring 79 per game something will have to give.
If the Bearcats want to head out of Florida with 2 wins, here are the Keys to the Game:
- Knock down the 3. Tacko Fall will be guarding the paint like no other. He’s huge and points in the paint will be at a premium
- 10 or less turnovers, the Bearcats committed only 8 on Saturday against USF which was vital in an almost stagnant first half
- Teddy needs to carry over his stroke. He had 18 on Saturday and finally found his stroke. If he’s on like that, March will be really fun
- Get Tacko into foul trouble and off the court
- Gary has to be aggressive not subtle, catch the ball and make a move, don’t wait for the double team
- We still need JEIII to catch that killer instinct he’s become the Alpha in recent games now its time to take it one step further, remember he’s a man and believes in himself
- More production from the PG position, Jenifer and/or Broome, we need more than we got on Saturday
In addition to the keys of the game I think we’ll see more of Brooks, who was effective off of the bench on Saturday with 6pts, 2 rebs, 2 blks, in 9 minutes. We should see Nas squaring up with Tacko more than once.
I like the Bearcats in this one 69-57
Our Top 9 names for the Bearcats beer that May Never Be
The University of Cincinnati needs to partner with a local brewery to put out a Bearcats brew stat. We know the craft beer scene in this city is top notch and there are several breweries in town with the ability to make this happen. Will the University ever come out of its shell of sobriety and partner with a local craft brewery to give UC it’s own beer? A lot of people think this will never happen but we certainly hope UC comes around. There are already a number of universities leading the way on this. Here’s what I found so far…
- LSU – Bayou Bengal Lager brewed by Tin Roof Brewing
- Tulane – Green Wave Wheat by NOLA brewing
- U of Louisiana – Lafayette – Ragin’ Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Ale, from Bayou Teche Brewing
- Colorado State – Old Aggie Lager by New Belgium Brewing
- New Mexico State – Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale by Bosque Brewing Co.
- University of Montana –Griz Montana Lager by Big Sky Brewing
- Purdue – Boiler Golden-American Golden Ale by People’s Brewing Co.
- *New* Northern Kentucky University- Norse Pale Ale by Braxton Brewing Co.
If you want to know more about these beers you can check out the wishlist on our Untappd profile (@GoBeercats) under college beers.
We know that at least one major brewery in town (Madtree) has reached out to UC and was shot down.
That’s really too bad because the possibilities are almost endless and here are some of our ideas here at GoBeercats:
- Five More Yards to go then Hop. Breweries love the hop puns. I think this one works well. Make it an IPA around 6% and throw the Jimmy Nippert stiff arm pose on the label.
- Mick & Mack Attack. A milk Stout with obvious branding.
- Ring of Red. A Red IPA and an honorable brew.
- The Grid Gang. We tailgate at the grid, make a beer out of it with the Sigma Sigma landmarks. Make it a session IPA 4.5% sounds about right and lets crush them on game day.
- Back-to-Back. A throwback beer of the 2 National Championships. Obviously it would need to be a double IPA because once wasn’t good enough when it came to titles, the same for hops. Somewhere on the can it would need to throw shade at the useless nuts up north. 10% and 100 IBUs.
- Down the Drive. *chug* *chug* *chug* UC! A pale ale at 6% with 61 or 62 IBUs
- Lets Gose UC! A tart gose beer that starts with Ohh Ohh Ohh!
- Bearcat. A bock beer. It would fit in nicely with a certain OTR brewery’s line up of other cat themed beers. (Saber Tooth Tiger, Cougar, Panther, and Puma) Just throw red and black stripes on the can.
- Kings of the Queen City. An Imperial porter 12%
- Huggy (Brown) Bear Ale. A brown ale
- Cronin’s Crushable Kolsh. A nice starter beer before making your way to the Shoemaker Center.
- The Fight of Fickell. A Helles Lager that brings the pain.
Lets get this done UC!
Have a beer name we should add to the list? Comment or tweet us to let us know what’s up.
The Bearcats got the W, Jacob Evans III reached 1000 points, and Jarron “Teddy” Cumberland found his stroke. In a game of two very different halves the Bearcats had the firepower to go the distance. The first half was less than ideal with the Bearcats falling behind by 10 at one point. Luckily for us we had solid senior leadership that kept us afloat. Kyle Washington was the anchor in the first half. He had 12 in the first half which included going 8-8 from the free throw line. He kept the team in the game while everyone else was struggling to hit shots and to give USF some credit their D was tenacious in the first half.
Some things we saw last night:
- USF is attacking the basket and we couldn’t have gotten out to a slower start
- Teddy has improved on defense or at least at getting deflections
- Free throws are much improved (Finally!)
- The Bio’s for the players and coaches are WILD.
- We fed the post, a lot. Had to in the first half because Kyle was the only one who could make a shot.
- Cronin’s halftime head explosion worked because they’re much more aggressive
- Broome and Jenifer were both relatively quite
- Gary Clack finished with a double double
- The first half belonged to Kyle, the second half to Teddy
- Jacob Evans III gets to the 1000 points mark on a 3 late in the second half!
- Also, there was some criminal lurking in the back halls offering money and free adidas merchandise to players. Security really needs beefed up in Florida.
How do I know Teddy is back? Just look here: (I know the picture quality sucks)
Cumberland is in the top left of both of those just holding his pose knowing he’s stroking it. Watch out and Welcome to Cumberland ladies and gentlemen.
We can’t forget the #Beerofthegame
Next up for the Bearcats is 100′ giant Tako Fall and the UCF Knights on Tuesday.
Steve Logan Earned It
The issue of the Cincinnati Bearcats having the bar set way too high to retire a basketball player’s number has reemerged in the past couple of days on twitter. I’ve heard a lot of debate about this topic the last couple of years and have heard both good and bad ideas surrounding the subject. I jumped at the opportunity to ask UC Athletic Director Mike Bohn about it a while back at an alumni dinner before a game. He said something like “it’s an issue that we’re kicking around some ideas on…why who do you think should have their number retired?” Now of course I was asking him that question because I had a specific player in mind who I thought should have his number retired but I was a little surprised that Bohn shot that right back to me. I said back to him ” #22 for the great Steve Logan.”
Not having 22 hanging in the rafters is a huge mystery to me. Now if you don’t remember Logan or not old enough to have witnessed him play let me fill you in. Logan was the epitome of a Bearcat. A hard-nosed, scoring guard that could lock a player down or break their ankle as soon as look at him. One former player that I met at a book signing called Logan “pound for pound best player we’ve had at Cincinnati.” That’s pretty high regard considering the former player who said it was part of the ’92 team and spent a considerable amount of time in the NBA. Logan is also already an inductee to the University of Cincinnati Athletic Hall of Fame.
Let’s look at the numbers.
He won the Conference-USA Player of the year twice! His senior year he averaged 22pts, shot 87% from the line, and almost 6 assists. Those are conference leading numbers for Logan who the roster had listed at 6′ and 200 lbs. and if you look at him in the highlights below, 6′ was probably a little generous.
The guy was a winner. He was a sophomore the year K-Mart broke his leg but picked up right where he had left off. His senior year the Bearcats went 31-4 and 14-2 in C-USA and lead the team that had Final Four written all over it. They were a 1 seed in the tournament that year and all looked great until UCLA knocked them out (sounds recently familiar).
Logan was drafted #1 in the second round to the Warriors but never played a game. I’d love to hear what happened with that but now Logan runs a youth basketball program in Cleveland and if I’m not mistaken has a son in high school who would look awfully good in red and black if he measures up to what his dad did.
I don’t have an a good answer to Cincinnati’s number retirement problem. Some have suggested a two tier system somewhat like North Carolina has which is fine as long as we #hang22intheshoe.
As Smellabama and Georgia battle it out tonight for second place in the world of college football, (Congratulations to the Knights of Central Florida on their National Championship!) I thought it a fitting time to take a look back to give a toast to the best trophy game trophy in college football that is no more. The Keg of Nails.
As an undergrad I never missed a game against Louisville at Historic Nippert Stadium. From 2007 (when I arrived in Clifton) to its final game in 2013 the game for the Keg never disappointed. The game was first played in 1929 and over the course of its tenure the Cincinnati Bearcats owned the series 30-22-1. The team to raise the trophy at the end of the game had to be “as tough as nails”, hence the name. No one knows for sure if the keg was ever actually filled with nails and thanks to the University of Louisville we’ll never know because they lost the original trophy because, well they suck.
Kegs, football, and college go together like nothing else in America. Because of that this game certainly cemented itself as one of the best in college football history. Not only was it played over the span of 84 years but it also transcended 5 conferences. It stretched from the Missouri Valley Conference, to the Metro Conference to Conference USA, and more recently in the Big East Conference and finally where it met its demise in the American Athletic Conference with Louisville jumping ship for the ACC.
When the Cardinals came to town you could expect the hate to spew over from both fan bases. Louisville fans were plentiful for those games and I can remember several incidents of fists flying in the stands and beer being spilled everywhere, including one specific occasion a Louisville fan spilled/threw beer all over my little sister who was still in high school at time time. Needless to say, her hate for Louisville started that day.
Recent coaches against the Cardinals: Brian Kelly 2-1, including the 2009 drubbing of Louisville ending in a final score of 41-10. Butch Jones 2-1, how he beat them twice I’ll never know. Then there’s the one shot that Tommy T had for the Cincinnati Bearcats to keep the keg, maybe till the end of time. He went 0-1. This game was an all timer though. It took a dramatic overtime finish for #19 Louisville to beat the Bearcats in a thriller at Historic Nippert 31-24. They even gave out mini kegs at the end of the game.
I don’t see the Bearcats and Cardinals picking this one back up anytime soon which is unfortunate because Louisville hate week was only second to the one dedicated to Norwood U.
The Streak Lives!
In what was sure to be a hard fought, heart attack having finish for the Bearcats last night’s game was any but. The Bearcats dominated SMU almost from start to finish. The Bearcats, now 3-0 in the American, showed why they were picked to finish first in the league last night. Even when SMU showed signs of life late in the second half the Bearcats never lost their cool.
Some things we saw last night:
- The offense was struggling at the start finally it picked up about half way through the first half.
- Cane Broome saw action last night after sitting out the past 2 games with an ankle sprain.
- He was limited though, he finished the game with 3 pts, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 3 turnovers in 12 minutes.
- Teddy (Jarron Cumberland) struggled from the floor. He tried to shoot his way out of it but it didn’t look good at any point in the night. He finished with 14 points somehow and at least 1 charge. His pull up jumper is still MIA.
- The Bearcats shot 28% in the first half and 58% in the second
- Only 11 turnovers for the game. Huge improvement over the Temple game.
- Shake Milton had a VERY quite 14 points last night. He only put up 5 shots in the first half.
- Jacob Evans III has Cronin’s confidence. Down the stretch the ball was in his hands.
- Gary Clark. Problem? Yes. The guy plays grown man basketball. He finished with 18 and 8.
- I said the Bearcats would score 77. They finished with 76 beating SMU by 20.
GIVE THIS MAN ALL OF THE AWARDS!
Dan Hoard is a living legend when it comes to radio calls here are the highlights as called by him:
And we can’t forget the #Beerofthegame
If SMU is supposed to be a top 4 team in the American the gap between 1 and 2 to 3 and 4 is huge.
Get your popcorn ready because tomorrow night at 6pm on ESPN2 it’s the Bearcats hosting SMU in their first meeting since the American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game. I actually forgot that game happened mainly because I drank it out of my memory. SMU dominated the Bearcats in a thrashing with a final of 71-56.(They split the regular season match ups.) That was last year though and this year’s version of the Bearcats can respond.
Pretty much all you need to know about the Mustangs is Shake Milton. Yeah he’s still around. The Mustangs do have FIVE other players averaging double digits in scoring as well so they have no shortage of threats. Milton has the experience, the numbers, and the ability to do the most damage though. He put up 24 in a losing effort to Tulane the other night. Keep an eye on 6-9 freshmen #5 Ethan Chargois too. He’s averaging almost 13, 6, and 2.
We know our Bearcats squad by now. Feed Gary and let Jacob shoot it, press, and rebound. Mick keeps things pretty simple. Kyle Washington had a stand out performance against Temple while battling some foul trouble. If we could get him consistent each night this season would be a lot less stressful. Also Teddy (Jarron Cumberland) has to find his stroke. (0-6 against Temple) Listening to Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) and Terry Nelson (@tnel33) on the radio broadcast it sounds like Terry coaches Teddy up when he’s at practice or around him, hopefully that pays off soon. We need him to knock down the open shots. (And for the love of God Teddy, pull up instead of bulldozing the defender for your 100th charge of the season)
The verdict is still out on Cane Broome too. He has sat out the last two games with an ankle sprain. Twitter really wanted him against Temple when the offense was struggling. I was right there with them, at times we felt like the ’09 Bearcats struggling to score. Broome sparks the offense with quick scores when we need it most. If I were Cronin he’d be in the starting lineup every game but with my opinion and $10 you can buy a six pack. Hopefully he is ready to against SMU but with Mick’s tendencies he’ll set out again with a week break in between this game and the next.
- Gary produces more than 2 points in a half
- Teddy knocks down open shots
- Post players show up on both ends of the floor
- Keep Milton in check (15 points or less)
- COMMIT LESS TURNOVERS THAN LAST GAME
- If all else fails give the ball to Jacob Evans III and let him win it
At the Buzzer…
The Bearcats will be victorious. You can’t beat the Cats at home, the steak will live to see 35. I think Gary and Kyle lead the way in this one. 77-65 Bearcats.
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