After they got drubbed by Crosstown rival Xavier in December, a trip to the NCAA Tournament seemed like a long shot. Well, Mick rallied the troops like he did two years ago and the Bearcats not only rebounded to have a good season but a great one. They were predicted to finish fourth in the inaugural AAC season, but surprised nearly everyone in capturing the championship with Louisville.
So Selection Sunday was a bit more relaxing than it has been in a while as the Bearcats were a lock to have their highest seed under Mick. And that they got with a 5 seed. They will face the 12 seed Harvard Crimson Thursday.
So, what do we think? Like the matchup with Harvard? Will UC be able to put up enough points? On first thought I'm scared to death. UC doesn't deal well with teams that are smart and play defense. I'm thinking the first team to 50 wins.
What about a potential third round matchup with Michigan State on Saturday? I've screamed as loud as I could that I wanted no part of an Izzo team in March. If UC can get past Harvard, that's exactly what they'll see...and I'm not liking their chances.
But...you never know in March. Maybe Delaware pulls off the upset. Hey, at least they're not in the play-in game like one team we all know. And it's better than playing in the NIT as SMU is going to do. That's a bit shocking in my opinion.