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Are the Bearcats turning the corner?

After the Cincinnati Bearcats loss to the Temple Owls in double overtime January 16th what did you expect for the rest of the season? Did you expect a NCAA tournament push? Or did you see the NIT in our future?

When the Bearcats loss to the Temple Owls for the second time January 16th it was cause for concern for fans and the team. Sitting at 13-6 overall and 3-3 in conference with 12 games left in the season it left everyone uneasy for a team who started the season with high expectations.

This team had loss four games by 2 points apiece so it was painful to see the Bearcats in this position. Only one game did you feel like they should've loss and that was the Xavier game and if you watched it live you know they were 5 turnovers in a row from stealing that game also.

After losing to SMU by 2 points and going scoreless the last 5 minutes we all wondered would the Bearcats be able to finish out close games and then the UConn game happened where the UC is down 4 points with less than two minutes left in the game and you think here we go again SMU all over again, but this time they go on a 5-0 run and win the game. A steal and lay-up by freshman Jacob Evans followed by a key defensive stop and topped off by a three point play the old fashioned way by Gary Clark and gloom as turned into smiles. They dismantled USF on Thursday in front of a home crowd.

Now with four straight wins against Houston, Tulane, Connecticut and USF this team’s future looks a lot brighter. Sitting at 17-6 overall and 7-3 in conference they now sit at second in the AAC.

They now have eight games left and with 11 games I said they needed to finish 9-2 to be safe so far so good because I marked the UConn game as one of the losses will the Bearcats be able to build off of an impressive road win? Thursday night they didn’t allow themselves to get caught by the proverbial trap game so the glass is looking more half full right now than half empty.

What a difference two weeks makes and it is a sense of relief for Bearcat fans everywhere.


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