SMU @ UC: A Preview

Get your popcorn ready because tomorrow night at 6pm on ESPN2 it’s the Bearcats hosting SMU in their first meeting since theĀ  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.

The MustangsĀ 

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.

The Bearcats

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.

The Keys

  • 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)
  • 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.