Tomorrow night at 9 the Cincinnati Bearcats are going to play Louisville or Notre Dame for the mother f–king Big East title. Cincinnati knocked off the top seeded Syracuse Orange 71-68. Below you will find running notes on the game. Before I get into that, Cash, Killa, Yancy, Dion, JaQuon, Justin, Cheikh, Guyn, Sanders, Davis, Epp, I love you guys. I love this team. I know people say that every year, but it’s always true. This team is right up there near the top. I love all of you as well. Cincinnati is playing for the Big East championship. Cincinnati. You know what’s coming next.
Doing a little something different with the post game. I’ve jotted down thoughts as the game was happening. That way things like me rambling and not saying anything of substance don’t happen. I’m writing this part at halftime. Very excited for the second half. I hope I don’t have to read this one day and cry.
Kilpatrick 2 threes early. Dixon a run out. Two buckets with guards flashing around the foul line. Solid offense in the first segment. Gave up a pair of 3s. You can deal with that. Overall, a good start. Especially with Killa hitting a pair of 3s. Hadn’t hit in a game in at least 2 weeks. 2-3 zone defensively. This team is Louisville north now.
2-8 SU, 6-8 UC. Parker 4. Gates a bucket and assist. Cash 3. 11 point game. KILLA. Cash a 3 off a turnover. Holy shit. There’s a 3 by Waiters. 25-11. Dixon 3. Melo scored 4 for Syracuse. 6-7 from deep. 6-8 now. 10 assists on 11 baskets.
8-10 on 3. Crowd trynig to get Syracuse into the game. Blatant goaltend missed. Justin Jackson block that was another clear goaltend. At least we got Justin Jackson mean face. UC 15. Syracuse D tightening up. Horrible officiaiting both ways. Brutal. Whistle 4 seconds after the play over. A little too 3 happy. Melo gets a shot to roll in. UC should be going into the locker room up at least 9. Really should be going up at least 12 because Syracuse shouldn’t get a shot. Syracuse using their fouls instead of letting UC offense.
UC is 13-26, 8-13 from 3, 1-2 FTs. 17 rebs, 11 assists. SK has 12-3 assists, Cash 9-5 assists, Dixon 7, Parker 4-5 rebs
Cuse is 9-29, 4-12 from 3, 1-2 FTs. 17 rebs, 8 offensive. 6 turnovers. Waiters 8, Melo 7-4
Very nervous. Gates a couple of put backs. Cuse cuts the lead from 14 to 10. Place gets very loud. Cash a step in jumper. 12 point lead at the break. Nervous.
Syracuse pressing. Couple of near turnovers. Jackson misses a pair of FTs. Cuse 3. Ahhh. Gates a bucket on a goaltend. Turnover. Nearly blew the break. Cash missed 3, Parker board and is fouled. Lead back to 12. 13 long minutes to go. Down to 9 on a 3. Dixon pull up. Waiters a 3. It’s an 8 point game. 11:10 left.
Gates scores for UC, Syracuse answers. UC needs to go to Gates for a touch every trip. Let him work. He gets another offensive board and is fouled. 10 point game, 9:28 left. 3. Ball poked from Cash. Foul on the break. Timeout Mick. Where is the paper bag to breathe in? 1 of 2. 6 point game. Wild shot by JJ, board by Gates. Waiters 3. Jackson a follow tip. Just like last night. Under 8, up 7.
Steal right away. Man am I nervous. These officials are brutal. That needs to be said. Looking at you, Karl Hess. Walk on Gates. Gates had a dunk, Bilas points out. Another turnover. 5 point game. UC passes into a trap. Dixon not happy with Cash. Kilpatrick with a 3. Back to 8. 5 minutes left. First 3 of the half. Waiters a 3. He’s hit 6 of 7. And a steal. And a foul. Triche misses both. HUGE. SK short on a 3. Dixon forces a turnover! Turn it back over and SU scores. Gates was cherry picking and a dunk. Dixon has a shot goaltended. Lead at 7.
Syracuse misses a 3, rebounds and miss another 3. UC pressed and calls timeout. 2 minutes left. Come on clock. SEAN KILPATRICK. DAGGER. Turnover by the Cuse. Gates a miss, Parker board. UC pulls it back out. Syracuse not fouling. Waiters fouled with 65 seconds left. Waiters makes both. My god I’m so fucking pumped up. UC breaks the press. 58.5 to go. Dixon 1 and 1. Miss. Syracuse fouled with 45.5 left. SK is hurt. UC missing FTs. Jardine a 3. 5 point game with 37.8 left. Jardine fouls on after a near 5 count. Parker just missed a front end. Make. Come on, Park. Make. UC can’t grab a board on a miss. Another 3. 4 point game with 25.8 left. Inbound to Gates. Why? 1 of 2. Waiters a fucking gain. 68-66. Free throw by Parker rolls in. Come on JaQuon. Miss. Cash fouls Waiters with 5.4 left. Waiters makes. Makes the second. PRESS BREAK!!!!! SYRACUSE NO GOOD ON A PRAYER. CINCINNATI WINS 71-68. AHHHHHHHH
Box score ESPN
|Sean Kilpatrick, G||6-10||6-9||0-0||1||3||5||5||0||3||1||18|
|Yancy Gates, F||6-13||0-0||6-8||5||7||1||0||0||2||1||18|
|Cashmere Wright, G||4-11||3-9||0-0||0||5||8||1||0||5||5||11|
|Dion Dixon, G||5-8||1-3||0-1||0||3||1||3||1||1||2||11|
|Jaquon Parker, G||2-8||0-1||5-7||2||8||0||2||0||1||1||9|
|Justin Jackson, F||2-4||0-0||0-2||4||4||2||0||3||2||4||4|
|Cheikh Mbodj, C||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Fab Melo, C||5-9||0-0||1-4||7||8||3||1||0||2||0||11|
|Kris Joseph, F||2-6||2-6||3-4||0||0||1||1||0||4||2||9|
|Brandon Triche, G||4-13||1-5||0-2||2||2||4||2||0||2||1||9|
|Scoop Jardine, G||2-3||2-3||0-0||0||3||2||1||0||5||5||6|
|C.J. Fair, F||1-3||0-0||0-0||5||11||1||1||0||1||3||2|
|Dion Waiters, G||8-16||7-10||5-6||0||2||4||2||1||1||2||28|
|James Southerland, F||1-7||1-5||0-0||0||6||0||1||3||0||1||3|
|Michael Carter-Williams, G||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|