It really was a complete effort for UC last night. Any time you get every scholarship player in the book, and it should have been every player period if Alex Eppensteiner hadn't been so noble, its a good night. Coming into the game it was clear that Mississippi Valley State had defensive issues. Ole Miss lit them up for 90 shooting under 40 per cent from the field. The Bearcats filled it up with an effective Field Goal percentage at 61.2. That mark stands out, but UC dominated in all of the Four Factors.
Not only did they dominate the four factors, UC just dominated statistically.
Obviously that is something you expect to see happen against such an over matched team. The gulf in athleticism between MVSU and the Bearcats was plain to see for everyone. Before the game there probably wasn't a soul in either locker room who thought the Delta Devils could hang with these Bearcats, but UC made sure that was the case.
This contest was effectively wrapped up with slightly under 12 minutes to go. At which point the UC reserves took the floor for the remainder of the game and proceeded to widen the margin from 32 points when they took the floor to the final 42 point margin.
Shaq Thomas looked very good to me. He was much more comfortable in this game than he had been in either of the exhibitions, or Sunday's contest. He scored 6 points on a variety of looks he showed a jumper in the lane, a nifty lay up in traffic and he provided the exclamation point finishing a nice lob from Jeremiah Davis III who also had a nice game. Shaq is progressing, which is good, but he's still not quite ready.
The Bearcats put another win in the books, but there are just two more games before the non conference slate starts for real with that trip to Las Vegas. You have to feel good about the way this team is performing against inferior competition. But whatever questions this team has will remain unanswered until that trip.