For the first time this season, Cincinnati played a completely awful game. I don't know what you can point to after the 54-50 loss to Providence and say "At least this was good." It is the worst loss of the season. Both in terms of execution and of opposition. Providence isn't a DePaul level awful team, but they aren't good. Cincinnati straight up didn't execute.
Some of this loss is on the defense, which was horrible in the first half. Providence hit 50% of their field goals and rebounding nearly half of their misses.
Some of this is on the offense, which was absolutely putrid. Cincinnati was 18-48, 37.5%. They were 11-20 from the free throw line. Providence held UC to 13 three point attempts, UC made just 3. The Bearcats turned the ball over 14 times. At least 6 of those were offensive fouls. The game ended when Sean Kilpatrick was double teamed off a ball screen and lost his dribble across the halfcourt line.
Some of this loss is on Mick Cronin. On absolutely huge ...