In the final week of the regular season, Cincinnati lost a key road game against an explosive Houston team, falling 69-56. The loss drops the Bearcats to 21-9 on the season overall with an 11-6 record in the American Conference.
The loss also puts more pressure on Sunday's game against a tough SMU squad, as the Bearcats look to further legitimize their NCAA Tournament resume after settling in as a favorite to earn one of the at-large bids as a "last four in" team.
Last night's game against Houston was disappointing for Cincinnati fans who are ready to watch a talented Bearcats team perhaps make a tourney run, but it was equally frustrating for head coach Mick Cronin. Cronin, speaking with the media, spoke about his team getting "manhandled" and how the defense grossly under performed on the road. The rest of his comments are below.