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Cincinnati Bearcats 71 Northwestern State 43 | That's More Like It

It is safe to say that the Bearcats rebounded successfully rebounded from Saturdays debacle. The scoreboard showed a 28 point victory, and that's fine. But the scoreboard isn't an accurate tale of how the game played out. UC started out very sloppy on both sides of the ball. the offense was at best erratic and inefficient, at worst flat out atrocious. The transition defense is and will continue to be the achilles heel of the defense. Half a dozen times the Demons easily beat several loafing Bearcats for easy lay ups and the occasional dunk. Still all these are minor issues in the long run.

Well they will hopefully be cleaned up in the long run. But to me there is beginning to be an issue on the offensive side of the ball. The problem is that Cashmere Wright has developed multiple personalities on offense. At times he plays like the sober levelheaded floor general who gets his guys the ball in their spots and lets them do the work.  But for about half the game Cash tried to be the guy who creates for himself and tries to get his. There is no doubt that Cash can play that style and be successful. But that style is not what this team needs to play at their highest level. The fact of the matter is that UC has one guy on the roster who can generate offense, for himself and for others, from nothing, and it's Sean Kilpatrick. Everyone else needs to be fed the ball in specific areas in specific situations to work at maximum efficiency. Even Dion Dixon who has the same ability, but only sporadically. All those guys need to be put in a position to succeed and so far in 2011-12 Cashmere Wright is not doing that as much as he should. The second half was better offensively, crisper with a better flow and It's not alarm bell time for Cash, but I will be watching him closely for the next couple of weeks.

Three Lines

Yancy Gates: 18 points (9 of 14 shooting),11 rebounds (4 Offensive), 1 block, 1 assist

Sean Kilpatrick:  13 points (5 of 7, 2 of 3 3P, 1 of 1), 8 rebounds (3 O), 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 3 turnovers

Ge'Lawn Guyn: 10 points, (3 of 4, 2 of 2 3P, 2 of 2 FT), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 turnover