Nothing Is Easy

Yes, this is SK at Notre Dame. There were no updated pics from yesterday. - Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps Saturday's tough win over Connecticut is the thing that gets this team out of its funk once and for all

12 point lead over Connecticut. Shots are falling. Bearcats feeding off the energy of the crowd, and vice versa. Bearcats finally cruise to an easy win; just the thing they needed. Right? Well, as we Bearcat fans come to realize: nothing is ever easy. Not this year. Not this team.

But...no matter how they did it, they won. And a win is all that matters today. It's all that really mattered yesterday at 4:15. They got off to their typically slow start. They suffered horrendous lapses in offensive execution. Struggled at the free throw line (well mostly Jaquon Parker). They took some of the most god-awful, head-scratching shots (Cashmere Wright from 35 feet with 20 seconds on the shot clock). They took three after three after three after being up 12 points...then watching it dwindle to two. They inexplicably threw the inbounds pass away with 13 seconds left giving UConn a chance to actually take the lead and left the entire fan base pulling out its collective hair.

I'm still not sure how - aside from Titus Rubles coming up with perhaps the defensive deflection of the year on that ensuing inbounds pass - they did it. But 61-56 with the Bearcats reaching their 60-point guaranteed win mark apparently equals a win. And again, that's all anyone really cares about. Come Monday night at 7:00 at the Yum! Center in Louisville, no one will give a crap about how they beat Connecticut.

The win takes a huge monkey of this team's back. Well, I assume it does. They were struggling mightily during the 3-game losing streak. But aside from the Notre Dame game, they were right there until the final minutes when this year's version of the Bearcats always seem to crumble. But, a tight win maybe gives them some more confidence down the stretch. Many "experts" claim yesterday's win coupled with what everyone assumes will be a win over South Florida next Saturday will put the Bearcats as a "lock" for the NCAA Tournament. 9-9 with their out of conference wins and RPI (the committee still does look to it) should put UC safely in the field of 68.

The only thing I'd argue is with Mike Bobinski on that committee, he might try one more thing to screw UC on his way out of Xavier and on to his new gig at Georgia Tech. So let's just go ahead and beat Louisville who will be riding high after knocking off Syracuse at the Carrier Dome Saturday. Sounds like a great idea!

Either way, I'm not sure about you, but I'm breathing a hell of a lot easier this morning after a big win yesterday.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Down The Drive

You must be a member of Down The Drive to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Down The Drive. You should read them.

Join Down The Drive

You must be a member of Down The Drive to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Down The Drive. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker