Time to talk about the Bearcats draw, Charting a path to the stars, or maybe just the sweet sixteen

Ever wish that more things worked like college brackets? That you could seed everything that way? Top 64 pre-game foods. Top 64 college players. Well, now you can do just that with your friends, with the Allstate BFF Brackets, which takes your 64 top Facebook friends (an algorithm seeds them based on interaction) and seeds them in four regions, exactly like the real tourney. Once the tourney starts, your friends advance with the corresponding seeds – till one is left standing. Check it out here.

Right off the bat the Bearcats draw Missouri. Being a six seed usually means that a team will have a pretty good chance to avoid a big six conference foe in the opening round. That did not come to pass for UC this year. Not only does UC draw a power conference team, but also a team that has spent most of the year either in the polls or on the fringe of the polls. Missouri is a good team, if an inconsistent one. But as has been the case for most of the year the Bearcats will have a pretty noticeable size advantage of the Tigers. I think that the Bearcats will beat this team if Cashmere Wright has a good game breaking the pressure and running the offense. If early Big East season Cash shows up in DC there will be some pretty major issues.

If UC advances past Missouri, and I feel mildly confident that they will do just that, it sets up a rematch with the Big East Champions Kemba and the Walkers, I mean Connecticut. While the prospect of facing a team from the same conference this early in the process is a bit daunting, I wouldn't mind a rematch with UConn. I still feel that though the Huskies are a tough match up for UC, this team can beat them. The game on the 27th of February is one of the two from Big East play that I feel got away from the Bearcats, the other was West Virginia. I still think UC can beat UConn. If that should come to pass it would put UC in the Sweet Sixteen for the 10th time in program history and the first time since 2001.

If UC reaches the Sweet Sixteen and the other quarter of the bracket plays to form that would mean a sweet sixteen match up with San Diego State. If I am honest, that would be where the season ends. San Diego State is a deep team that plays a style that would just be hard for UC to match up with IMO. But if I told you at the start of the season that this UC team would make it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen in Anaheim before crashing and burning you'd take it right?

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