What a senior night. The past few seasons, 5/3 Arena has been a fortress for senior night. There was the blowout of Georgetown, the beatdown of Marquette, whatever happened last year against USF and the domination from nearly buzzer to buzzer against the Memphis Tigers. The offense is the biggest concern about this team after the Rutgers game tomorrow. We've seen the two best offensive performances of the season within the last 5 games. It's definitely the opposition that's helping Cincinnati look like world beaters on the offensive end, that's a fact. What's also a fact is that UC is finally taking advantage of it. The offense lately has been very encouraging. Add that to a big win over Memphis, which UC really needed confidence wise, and this was a tremendous night of basketball.
How fitting was it that it was the seniors, the captains, that carried Cincinnati to victory. They are the heart and soul and everything else for this team. They gave tremendous effort all season. They have carried this team to improbably the top of the American standings. This team will be a top 5 seed in the NCAA tournament pretty much no question about it. They have a chance to do something great because the senior class has been something great this season. Last night was all of that personified in a game. College basketball is a little different than other sports. We root for the laundry but more than that, we really root for the players as people. It's amazing to see the people you want to have a lot of success get a lot of success. All three seniors, all three captains, they played well. They've achieved a great level of success. There is more in Memphis to pick up. There is more the weekend after that, and the weekend after that and the weekend in Dallas to pick up. We can talk about how good or bad the offense or defense is, there is no denying that this team's heart and fire is among the best in the country. It's hard to say how far they can go without knowing who they'll play, I do know that I will roll the ball out with these guys against anyone and know they have a chance to win.