After his team’s 82-74 win over Tulsa on Sunday, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin was asked a question he obviously did not care for, one about supposed slippage with regards to the Bearcats’ defensive effort.
“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”
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Apparently, some people don’t know a compliment when they hear one.
Why did Cronin point to Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville? Because they are tradition-rich programs who happen to be experiencing down seasons, at least by their high standards. Kentucky is 20-9. Indiana is 16-14. Louisville is 19-10. None of the three is ranked.
Cronin’s point: Even the best programs can struggle. Why was the questioner nit-picking a Cincinnati team that is 25-4 overrall, 14-2 in the American Athletic Conference and ranked No. 11 in the latest AP poll?
You can object to Cronin’s irritable response to a legitimate question. You can say his answer was a little weird. It was not, however, a shot at the Cats or the Hoosiers or the Cards.
By the way, UK, IU and Louisville have a combined 33 losses, not 32. Cincinnati has lost a combined 32 games over its last four years, though Cronin’s comparison is more apples to oranges than apples to apples.
American Athletic Conference standings