The gods of Conference USA have found a way to keep the Bearcats down in 2005. Make them play 3 conference games in eleven days. Plus throw in a game with cross-town rival Xavier, and the Bearcats were setup for a few loses.
Not only did the Bearcats play 4 games in that span, they played four tough games.
Starting February 2nd the Bearcats played one home game and three away. All three away games came against top C-USA teams. Louisville, Charlotte and DePaul hold a combined record of 54-13. While not trying to make excuses, DePaul has only played 2 games prior to their game against UC (TCU, Saint Louis).
But while the score looks lopsided it's really not. The difference in this game came on the boards and the strong shooting performance of Drake Diener.
Diener hit 6-9 from 3-point land and scored 22 points on the day. He was helped by a strong performance from Quemont Greer who also had a strong showing from 3 going 3-5. On the day Greer scored 25 total points to lead all scores. The duo also had a strong day from the line going 10-12 from the line.
The Bearcats were paced by their strong duo of Eric Hicks and Jason Maxiell. Hick shot 10-11 from the field and scored 22 total points. Maxiell shot 50% from the field and totaled 18 points on the day.
The loss gives the Bearcats an 18-6 overall record and a 6-4 conference record. The loss moves the Bearcats into fifth place in the conference. While the Bearcats are in no trouble of not making the field of 64, they still have a few games to worry about.
With six games to go before the C-USA Tournament, the Bearcats have tough games against UAB, Marquette at home and TCU and Memphis on the road.
The Bearcats next take the court on February 16th against Southern Mississippi at Fifth Third Arena. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. with WXIX having the broadcast on TV and flagship station WLW having the radio broadcast.