This is the type of article I hate writing. I just finished watching Cincinnati play arguably their worst basketball game of the season and its late on a weekday.
A lot went wrong tonight, but the loss tonight is easily attributable to three factors:
- Turnovers: Tonight the Bearcats had a season high of 20 turnovers. There was no single culprit causing all the mistakes. Moore, DeBerry, Caupain, and Ellis all had three, and the rest were pretty spread out.
- Ellis: Octavius Ellis got into foul trouble again, begging for more Justin Jackson comparisons. He fouled out, including a bonehead technical foul. DeBerry has been a nice surprise, but he is not ready for real minutes. Ellis has to stay on the flour for this team to be successful.
- Offense: I just don't get it. I am running out of ways to express my frustrations with this. If you stand around, nothing will happen. Move with the ball, move without the ball, and move the ball itself. This is so basic and fundamental that it is absolutely mind-blowing. For every possession in the game, they play like they are up 5 with 2 minutes to go.