For some reason, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin brought up Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana in his post game press conference on Sunday. His team played Tulsa.
Following the Bearcats 84-72 win, Cronin was asked about his team’s defense slipping a little bit in recent games. The Bearcats have the No. 2 defense in the country per Kenpom defensive rankings and defense has long been the callilng card for Cronin’s teams.
But it’s clear that the coach didn’t like the question, especially after a win. So Cronin gave one of the strangest answers to a question in some time.
“I don’t know what people expect, Cronin said. “I’m allowed to answer you however I want and I’m going to give you a stat. Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville this year combined for 32 losses. Tell me how long it’s taken us to lose 32 games.”
Cronin response to DEFENSE slipping the last few games: "I don't know what people expect. I'm allowed to answer you however I want and I'm going to give you a stat. Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville this year combined for 32 losses. Tell me how long it's taken us to lose 32 games" pic.twitter.com/MBv9ERvWQ3
— Mark Slaughter (@MarkVSlaughter) February 25, 2018
Why Cronin would lump in three teams and say how long it would take for one team to lose 32 games makes no sense. Yes Cincinnati is in the midst of a great season, and to this point has had a better year than the three schools he listed. But Indiana is in its first year with Archie Miller, Louisville had to replace Rick Pitino shortly before the season started due to his involvement in the college basketball corruption case, and John Calipari has one of the youngest teams in college basketball.
And while Cincinnati is having a great season, it looks like Kentucky is figuring it out. The Wildcats have won their last two games, against likely NCAA Tournament teams Missouri and Arkansas, and looked very impressive in doing so. And Kentucky is playing in much more difficult conference than Cincinnati is, as the Wildcats play in the SEC, which is projected to get 8 teams in the NCAA Tournament. The American Athletic Conference, which the Bearcats play in, is only pegged to get 3 teams in.
Cincinnati is 25-4 on the season, while Kentucky is 20-9 on the season. The Wildcats take on Ole Miss and Florida to close out the regular season. Kentucky and Ole Miss play on Wednesday at 7 PM.
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