Monday, June 28, 2010

Questions and Answers

Let's get right into it.

Bearcats Blog, you keep talking about some big announcement, and then you say that it's nothing important and lame. Why can't you say what it is, or say what it's about?

I probably went a little too far in the comments of a post a few days ago. The things that are coming to the blog are pretty big and exciting, but they have not much to do with any of the speculation on any of the boards like Bearcat News and Bearcat Talk. I honestly had no idea that Vidal Hazelton said anything on twitter along the same ominous lines as I did. If I knew that, I probably would have said that my announcement had nothing to do with that. Like I mentioned before, what's going to happen is being delayed by outside forces that I have no control over. I could tell you what's going to happen, but I'm not.

I would however, like to thank everyone who visited the site from the aforementioned forums. As someone who reads those, it's unbelievably crazy to see my site linked to on there. I'll never forget the first time my site blew up. By blew up, I mean got more than 4 hits. It came from a Xavier message board that I can't remember at this time. It was pretty insane. And they didn't write "That guy's a dick." "What a terrible writer, why did he start a blog?" "He's so handsome, I would like to make him dinner." They fo sho thought the first two, and the last one is flattering, but weird. Xavier fans need to get a hold of themselves and not invite bloggers for dinner.

Bearcats Blog, is that the only question you are going to ask yourself, and then answer?

Yes it is. I just really wanted to clarify things, and make it clear that I'm not one of those know it all jackoffs. I have never claimed to have inside info about anything, and I never will. Unless I actually obtain inside info, then I will claim it. But you probably wouldn't believe me because I said right here that I never will. But that's neither here nor there. I'm very sorry for stringing you along with the announcement that I have planned. I've been strung along longer on my end, and I know how dickish it is. If I knew that things would take this long, and be so complicated, I wouldn't have said anything until it was all locked down. It shouldn't be much longer, however. I just ask you to be patient. I really do appreciate everyone who reads the blog, and I'm sorry for being vague and then nothing happens and I stop posting new things. Thanks everybody, things will get back to normal soon.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lance Stephenson Drafted by Indiana

With the 40th pick in the draft, the Pacers selected the Cincinnati star. Lance went after Andy Rautins and Landry Fields, picks that weren't exactly loved in New York. Congrats to Lance for getting drafted and having his dreams come true. Hopefully the Pacers play an exhibition near Cincinnati or something.

Cincinnati Big East Schedule Announced

The big news of the day is that the Big East released the list of conference games for this upcoming season. The full list is here.

Home: DePaul, Georgetown, St John's, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida, West Virginia

Road: DePaul, Georgetown, St John's, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova

The schedule looks brutal as always. Going on the road to 3 of the conference favorites is a bitch.

I have a little more free time, so here are the mirror opponents for each school.

UConn: Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame

DePaul: Cincinnati, South Florida, West Virginia

Georgetown: Cincinnati, St John's, Syracuse

Louisville: UConn, Providence, West Virginia

Marquette: UConn, Notre Dame, Seton Hall

Notre Dame: UConn, Marquette, St John's

Pittsburgh: South Florida, Syracuse, Villanova

Providence: Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida

Rutgers: Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova

St John's: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Notre Dame

Seton Hall: Marquette, Rutgers, Syracuse

South Florida: DePaul, Pitt, Providence

Syracuse: St John's, Seton Hall, Villanova

Villanova: Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse

West Virginia: DePaul, Louisville, Pitt

Monday, June 21, 2010


Big things are going down friends. I don't want to spoil it, but things are happening. By about Wednesday or so, you'll find out what's up with the what's up. It would be sooner, but moving is sucking my soul and will take another 49 days. By the time I post again, things will never, ever be the same again.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Craig Ferguson Friday

Last one. Back to normal on Monday. Here is a cussing bunny. Have a nice weekend everybody.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Craig Ferguson Thursday

This into by Craig was awesome, and spread across the internet like a wildfire last summer. I love it and posted it on twitter and facebook and actual faces. It's fantastic. If you hate this week, I hate you.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Craig Ferguson Wednesday

It's hump day, so here is a Craig Ferguson doing Britney Spears song about humping.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Craig Ferguson Tuesday

You know what? After posting a clip from my favorite late night show, Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show, I decided this week will be a Craig Ferguson celebration. This is the monologue that made me love his show.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Announcement time peeps. Things this week are going to be slow. Slower than usual you say? Yes. I am moving this week, and that's the top priority. "But Bearcats Blog, we wanted to know about the 2002 game between Cincinnati and Louisville." Well, that's too bad imaginary person. It can wait a week. In the meantime, be safe and happy. Here's a video to tide you over until next Monday.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Random Stuff

Today's Friday Random Thing is a great bit by the greater Louis CK. He's my favorite comic, and he should be yours too. If you have seen this, great. If not, watch it. Have a nice weekend everybody.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Conference Armageddon 2010

I hope no one has copywrited that so it can be an acceptable title. I know the millions (one) out there who read this blog must be wondering, "Bearcats Blog, what do YOU think of conference realignment?" Thanks for asking. I am quite intrigued by all of this. Normally when stuff starts churning up the rumor mill, it gets old and stale to me within a week. But this, this is something completely different. This is shaping the very face of college athletics forever. And it's incredibly interesting. The dominos have already started to fall, as the Big 12 has completely gone to hell. Colorado has joined the Pac 10, and Nebraska has joined the Big 10. It's all but assumed that the Pac 10 is going to offer Texas sometime soon, and when Texas decides on what it's going to do, there goes Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State is being rumored to have joined the Pac 10 as I type. There were rumors floating about that the SEC is trying to get at Oklahoma, but it's being said Oklahoma wants to be with Texas. That's quite romantic of Oklahoma. Their rivalry with Texas isn't as deep as their rivalry with Nebraska, but it's sure as hell much more profitable. Oklahoma and Texas sellout the Cotton Bowl every season, money that Oklahoma just can't afford to pass up. Plus, with the way that the Big 12 was formatted, Oklahoma and Nebraska weren't really rivals anymore. The last big game between the two of them I remember was the Eric Crouch game back in 2001. Oklahoma and Texas' rivalry even translated to basketball, where Texas has been elite and Oklahoma was on an up swing. Nebraska hoops are poopy.

It's weird sitting here on the brink of destruction. It's one thing reading rumors and hearing talks about this and that happening, but it's a completely different thing when it's reality. If you are anything like me, you probably did a yeah right and a wanking motion when you heard the first rumors of the Big 10 ruling the world. And you would have been correct to do so. Because it was the Big 12 that has been the center piece the whole time. The Big 10 rumors could all come true, but unlike Missouri and Nebraska leaving the Big 12 to join the Big 10, it looks like Missouri could be joining the Big 10 because there is no Big 12. I hope that Texas decides to bolt to the Pac 10. I really do. Then, maybe, just maybe, the Pac 10, Big 10, and SEC could get together and get a playoff together. This is the only thing that is going to blow up the BCS. It would have to be super conferences waking up and embracing the money making machine that would be a college football playoff. Everyone else would join those 3 conferences if they wanted to do a playoff. Maybe not the Mountain West. They really want that BCS birth, and they would take it even if they were the only conference in it. The Mountain West should grow some balls and invite Boise State (as it's rumored Boise would join in a heartbeat), Kansas, and Kansas State. That would put the conference at 12 teams. Maybe even Iowa State if they think 13 teams would be groovy. That's assuming that the Big 12 combusts and doesn't offer TCU, which I don't think that they will because it's TCU. Here is another team, New Mexico State. Just fuck up the WAC, Mountain West. Fuck their couch. Hell, take Utah State and Nevada and have a 16 team league. They already have New Mexico, Utah, BYU, and UNLV, what more could those schools ask for?

After laying out that great plan for the Mountain West, what about the rest of the country? I'm very worried about the SEC and Big 10 raping the Big East. I think that West Virginia would go to the SEC, I think there is a chance that Louisville would go the SEC. Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse could all go to the Big 10. I have no idea where that leaves the 2 time Big East Champions. I think that the Big East should offer Kansas and Kansas State right now. Why wait for the conference to get pillaged? Go on the offensive Big East. Do I not want to go back to the days of the Great Midwest and Conference USA? Yes. I would like to avoid those days. I have a feeling that we are going to end up going back to that. I think that the conference could shake things up and mess with the A-14 and other leagues. That's all a slippery slope that's much harder to determine than what the MWC should get done. That's because no one starts rumors about Louisville, or Cincinnati or South Florida. We need someone to become the rumor starter. It's not going to be me, because obviously I have no good ideas besides Kansas and Kansas State joining the Big East. What's going to happen is that the Big East is going to explode, that's for sure. Let's say the Big 10 takes Rutgers and Pitt, who with Missouri and ND make 16. Then my plan of Kansas and K State joining works nearly perfectly. Finding a 16th basketball school wouldn't be necessary, or it would be I dunno, St Louis. Maybe even Memphis. The MWC rolls with 9 teams, as could Big East football. If the SEC were to raid, I think they would go after the ACC. I think they would take Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech and I dunno, let's say West Virginia. The ACC would probably go after the Big East to make up for the loss of teams, so let's say Louisville, Syracuse, South Florida and UConn. Where does that leave Cincinnati? We'd be the new Boise State. A gigantic fish in a bird fountain. Let's enjoy the times we have now Bearcat fans, we don't know when they will be here again.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Memorable Bearcat Games: Cincinnati 26 West Virginia 23

This Memorable Bearcat Game took place during the magical 2008 season. It was a battle of 6-2 teams, Cincinnati and West Virginia. The Bearcats came into the game 1-1 in the Big East, but were coming off a huge win at South Florida the week before. West Virginia had been rolling since starting the season 1-2. At this point in the season, we didn't know for sure if the Bearcats were going to be contenders in the Big East. This was their big chance to show their stuff. Every year it seems that the conference champion has to go through West Virginia to the crown, and it certainly was the case in 2008. Pat White even had a championship belt.
 The stage was set. Morgantown, West Virginia. 60,00 crazy fans. A night to remember.

The Bearcats took advantage of the opening kickoff. By took advantage, I mean Mardy Gilyard returned the kick 100 yards for a touchdown. Here's a picture of Mardy running.

Suffice to say, that stunned the crowd. Also stunning the crowd was when WVU went 3 and out. Cincinnati couldn't do much on their possession and punted back. The Bearcats defense stifled WVU yet again, forcing a punt. This time Pat McAfee shanked it, setting UC up at the Mountaineer 33. John Goebel popped a 5 yard run on first down, but the drive stalled there. Jake Rogers calmly nailed a 46 yarder to make the score 10-0.

That score seemed to wake the Mountaineers up. Starting at their 23, Pat White took over. He busted a 15 yard run, and an 8 yard run around a 4 yard run by Noel Devine to get WVU to midfield. The Bearcats forced a third and long, but White hit Jock Sanders for 30 yards to the UC 19. White hit Alric Arnett on the next play for a touchdown and it was quickly a ball game at 10-7. The Bearcats drive went nowhere, ending in a sack. The defense would end up making a big play. Facing a 3rd and 1, WVU gave the ball to Devine, who tried to go up the middle, but was stripped. Brandon Underwood recovered for UC at the WVU 34. Tony Pike hit Dominick Goodman for 12 yards, John Goebel for 6, and ran for 11 getting the ball to the WVU 5. This was the first full game Pike played in after his broken left forearm. He left the previous UConn and South Florida games. The Bearcats ate a false start, and couldn't get closer, settling for a 31 yard field goal to make the score 13-7 to end the first quarter.

WVU started quarter 2 with a little drive, going from their 23 to their 47, before a holding penalty, and a false start forced them into long yardage plays. They punted UC back to the 21, setting the stage for maybe the biggest drive of the game.

Pike started things off by hitting Goodman once again for 25 yards, followed by a 6 yard run by Jacob Ramsey and another 7 yard pass to Goodman. That put the ball at the Mountaineer 39. But things went back on the Bearcats, getting hit with an illegal use of hands and a holding penalty to make it 1st and 30 at the UC 41. A pass to Ben Guidugli  for 7, and a 6 yard Ramsey run set up a 3rd and 17. Pike found Goodman yet again for 18 yards and a Bearcat first down. Pike hit Kazeem Alli for 6, another Ramsey run for 5 yards netted a first down, and another pass to Goodman for 9 put UC at the 8 yard line. Pike hit Marcus Waugh for a first down to the 5. After a 1 yard Ramsey run, Pike scrambled the last 4 yards on a looking left, looking left, run right play for the Cincinnati touchdown, capping a 12 play, 73 yard drive that took 9 minutes plus. It also made the score 20-7.

WVU went 3 and out on their next possession, punting to the UC 25. The Bearcats popped a 66 yard pass to John Goebel to get the ball to the 13. The Bearcats could only move the ball 2 yards, setting Jake Rogers up for a 29 yard FG. Unfortunately for UC, Rogers jaked it off the upright for his first miss of the season. That was lame, but the lameness makes you like it. Neither team did anything special to end the half. We went to the locker room with UC up 20-7.

The third quarter pretty much played out like this. Incomplete pass, short run, sack, penalty, punt. The first 4 drives the teams went 3 and out with their punters Pat McAfee and Kevin Huber drilling 50 yard punts. McAfee ruined it by hitting a 49 yarder, and Huber followed with a 33 yard punt. McAfee boomed his next one 56 yards however. Huber's leg must have been tired, because his next punt was shanked, going 28 yards to the WVU 47.

The Mountaineers got the first 1st down of the quarter, when following a 7 yard White run, White passed to Sanders, who did a lateral to Devine for 10 yards. Following a sack by Curtis Young that ended quarter 3, White hit Devine for 7 to set up 3rd and 8. White rushed for no gain, but drew a personal foul penalty on the Bearcats to keep the drive alive. Runs by Sanders, and Devine set up 1st and 10 from the 11. White threw the ball three times, 2 incompletions around a 5 yard pass to Devine, setting up a big 4th and 5. WVU decided to go for it. White tried to run to daylight on a bootleg left, but was pushed out of bounds shy of the first down, resulting in a turnover on downs.

Cincinnati took over at the 3. Brian Kelly decided to ride Jacob Ramsey. Ramsey picked up 4, 4, 2 (resulting in the first UC first down of the half), 5 and 2. The last 2 yards resulted from holding, making it 2nd and 13. Goebel couldn't run for those yards, setting up a 54 yard Huber punt that was returned 7 yards by Sanders to the WVU 40. The UC drive took 4:32, leaving WVU with 6:49.

West Virginia would drive again. White hit Bradley Starks for 24 to the UC 37. After an incompletion and 8 yard pass to Starks, Devine converted a 3rd and 2 with a 4 yard run. White hit Devine with 2 passes of 4 and 5 yards around an incompletion, setting up a 4th and 1 at the UC 15. Once again White ran, but this time, he got the first down. His next pass attempt drew a pass interference, giving WVU a 1st and goal at the 2. White threw an incompletion, ran for a yard, and ran for a loss of a yard, setting up another huge 4th down. This time, WVU went for a pass. White stared down Jock Sanders, threw, and was intercepted by DeAngelo Smith. Smith played White and the ball perfectly. It looked like WVU had just blown their best opportunity to come back.

UC had 3:22 on the clock, the ball at the 3, and 0 timeouts for West Virginia. The Bearcats gave the ball to Goebel twice, but he only got 4 yards. On 3rd and 6, Ramsey picked up 4. UC took a delay of game. Not wanting to risk a blocked kick, and playing for field position, Kelly did the smart thing and had Huber take a safety. That made the score 20-9 with only 1:11 remaining.

The free kick by Rogers was returned to the WVU 39 by Sanders. After an incompletion, White hit Sanders for 14 to the UC 47. The biggest play came on the next play. White hit Dorrell Jalloh for 23 yards, but UC was hit with a backbreaking personal foul putting the ball at the 9. White's first pass was incomplete. On second down, WVU had a false start, making it 2nd and goal at the 14. White hit Sanders for 11 to set up 3rd and goal at the 3. White's pass was incomplete. All UC needed was one more stop to finish the game. Instead, White converted with a pass to Jalloh. White ran in the 2 point conversion to make the score 20-17.

WVU got another break when Mortty Ivy recovered the onside kick. WVU's special teams made a big blunder to start the game, and a big play to save it. With 18 seconds left, White hit Jalloh yet again for 21 yard to the UC 35. An incomplete pass set up a field goal attempt for McAfee, which would tie his career high. The strong footed kicker made the pressure kick, sending the crowd into a frenzy, and sending the game into overtime.

Dustin Grutza was the starting QB for UC in 2008. He suffered a broken leg against Oklahoma, and watched Tony Pike turn into, well, Tony Pike. Grutza was the captain for UC on this day. His fateful call of I'm guessing tails, because tails never fails, allowed UC the option for overtime. UC took defense. At first, it didn't look good. Devine rushed for 9, 2, 3 and 4. That brought 3rd and 3 at the 7. Terrill Byrd made the biggest play for the defense, as he corralled White for a 3 yard sack. McAfee was true from 27, giving WVU a 23-20 lead.

UC took possession, and finally remembered that they were allowed to play offense. Pike hit Goodman for 10 yards and a first down, followed by a WVU personal foul that was half the distance to the goal. Jacob Ramsey busted for 5 yards. On 2nd and 2, Pike went play action. Every Mountaineer went left, Pike rolled right. Kazeem Alli was wide open. Earlier in the game, Pike overthrew a wide open Alli on a sure touchdown. This time, Pike was right on the money.

Pike for the game was 16-30 for 178 and the 1 TD. Goodman had 6 catches for 81 yards. Ramsey led UC in rushing, 18 carries for 83 yards. Aaron Webster had 13 tackles, and was big everywhere on defense for Cincinnati. On the WVU side, White was 20-38 for 219, 2 TDs and 1 INT. White had 41 yards rushing, and the conversion. Noel Devine led WVU with 58 yards on 19 carries, but fumbled. Jalloh was the leading WVU receiver, with 54 yards on 4 catches and a TD. Sanders had 52 yards on 5 catches. UC 260 yards, WVU 317. But WVU had 98 rushing yards, which was the first time they had under 100 yards rushing since 2001.

As you know, UC won this game and never looked back. This was the win that gave UC legitimacy. It was Brian Kelly's 5th win against a ranked team, UC had 4 it's entire history before him. It was the second win for UC ever over West Virginia. It was the win that gave confidence to the players, and especially fans, that UC was onto something special. That's why UC 26 West Virginia 23 is a Memorable Bearcat Game.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bearcats Breakdown: Jaquon Parker

This edition of Bearcats Breakdown is about freshman Jaquon Parker. I don't know if his name is supposed to be spelled Jaquon or JaQuon. I also noticed I spelled his name wrong in the labels because I'm stupid. Anyway, on twitter, he lists his name as JaQuon, so we are rolling with that. Parker didn't come into the season with a ton of hype, but by the end of the year, he earned some for this upcoming season. His hype for the upcoming season is much better than a certain former Bearcats' who we won't mention by name, but feel we should tell you about since it's news. Hopefully things turn out well for him, as we hope they will turn out well for JaQuon Parker.

Quickly, we want to take a moment to mention John Wooden. I'm not going to write eloquently about his life, or passing, mainly because I don't write eloquently if you read the comments about me being mean. John Wooden was a great coach, and a better person. He might have cheated at UCLA according to bitter fans, but he was a winner. He was also a quote machine. His website,, is amazing.

Someone who will use that pyramid of success, is JaQuon Parker. Let's look back at his freshman year.


JaQuon Parker played 13 minutes a game in the 26 games he played. He started 8, most at the end of the year when Rashad Bishop was suspended. He averaged 4.2 points a game on 45% field goal shooting. Parker shot a respectable 36% from deep, one of the better percentages on the club. Parker had an offensive rating of 112.5. His effective field goal % was 55.4, and his true shooting percentage was 56. Those are pretty good numbers. What wasn't as good were Parker's free throw numbers. He got to the line at a high rate, but was only 20-33, 60%. That's a number that is going to have to get better with more opportunities, and more practice at the line.

Parker's best game scoring wise came out of nowhere really. With Lance Stephenson injured against South Florida, Parker got the start and exploded for 15 points on 6-8 shooting. JaQuon had been getting sporadic playing time before that, and for him to go off was completely unexpected. Parker went on a 6-0 run himself when USF cut the lead to 5 to push the lead back to 11. Parker had a 13 point game in the Big East Tournament win over Rutgers. Parker got that on 4-8 shooting, 3-6 from three. Parker had himself a 5-0 run in that game that pushed the UC lead to 8 with 3:30 left, which was huge because Rutgers made a run to close out the game. Parker also threw a horrible inbound pass in that game to hurt the UC cause, but that's neither here nor there. Parker's third double digit scoring game came against, yup, Texas Southern. He got 10 mostly from the line, going 6-9 from the stripe. Parker scored 9 against CSB, but his other notable game was against Louisville in the Big East Tournament. After the Cardinals got to Parker in the first meeting at Freedom Hall, JaQuon answered big in the BET. Parker had 8 points on 3-9 shooting, but had 9 rebounds. His buckets seemed to all be put backs. He gave UC a 2 point lead with a put back off a missed free throw, and gave UC a 7 point lead when he pretty much stole an offensive rebound away from Kyle Kuric, scored and was fouled.

At the other end of the spectrum, Parker had a pretty awful game, as did everyone else, in the Georgetown disaster. He didn't score at WVU, missing a pair of shots. He also struggled as mentioned at Louisville. Not playing a lot helps you not have terrible games that I can mention.


JaQuon Parker averaged 2.8 rebounds a game. I know, that's a lot. Parker got 0.8 offensive rebounds, and 2 defensive boards, 17% of the UC defensive boards while he was on the floor, a game. The reason Parker averaged so many boards, was because he was a rebounding machine. He pulled in 9 in the BET game against Louisville, 7 against Texas Southern, 5 at Louisville, 5 against Toledo, 5 against Weber State in the NIT, 5 against CSB, and 5 against Rutgers in the BET. He also had 4 out in Maui against Maryland, and 4 against South Florida. Rebounding is about determination, and few guards on the UC roster were determined to gather rebounds as JaQuon Parker.


JaQuon Parker averaged 1 assist per game. His best was 5 in his USF breakout game. He put up 3 against Texas Southern and Louisville, proving without a shadow of a doubt when JaQuon Parker is racking up assists, UC wins. Parker had a career high of 2 steals in the Louisville BET game. His only block came in the win over USF. He got a lot accomplished in a short period of time.


JaQuon Parker had a pretty good freshman season once he got some run. The problem was, he didn't get that much run. Like mentioned up top, he only played in 26 games. I think there is room for him to be a player on this year's squad however. With only Sean Kilpatrick coming into the backcourt and Deonta Vaughn and Lance Stephenson and maybe Rashad Bishop out, he's going to have the chance at minutes. I think he has earned a spot. There are minutes to go around for Dion Dixon and Larry Davis, but I think, and the numbers think, they should go to JaQuon Parker.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Memorable Bearcats: Immanuel McElroy

This week's Memorable Bearcat is the only one that I saw when I was walking around campus one day at UC. I was standing near some steps after I think writing class, and here comes Immanuel McElroy and a couple of his friends. We made eye contact and I said "Hey." He nodded. It was a magical moment for everyone involved. Immanuel McElroy was one of my favorite Bearcats. He wore 23, he threw down alley oops, he played tough defense, and he played on one of my favorite UC teams ever. Is it a coincidence UC hasn't done much in the NCAA tournament since he left? Probably, but he was on the sweet 16 club of 2000-01. Let's look in more detail at the career of Immanuel McElroy.

Immanuel McElroy was a junior college transfer. His first season at UC, he proved invaluable. He played in every game, and started 23, while playing 22 minutes per. He averaged 7 points on 55% shooting. Nearly all of them were from inside the arch, as he made 3 of 10 treys and 55% of his free throws. McElroy pulled down 3 boards and averaged 1.7 assists. He didn't score a ton his first month as a Bearcat, but then in a game against Clemson, he scored 12 points in 14 minutes on 6-7 shooting. It took him another month to have good statistical games. He had 8 and 8 against Louisville, and a big 14-8-6 assists in a close win over UAB. Here is a picture of him dunking against them.

McElroy came into his own in February. He had 14-7-4 in an overtime loss to Marquette, 14 in a win over St Louis, 12 in a win over Houston, 13-5 in a win over USF, and back to back 13 point games against UAB and Memphis victories in the Conference USA Tournament. He tailed off the rest of the season, scoring just 18 points. I think they were all dunks though. Kenny Satterfield loved throwing alley oops, and Immanuel McElroy loved slamming them home. Like this against Kent State, his only bucket of that win to send UC to the Sweet 16.

The biggest dunk of the season for McElroy would come in the next game against Stanford. Mac got a steal, and finished a 2 on 1 fast break with Satterfield with an alley oop on some dude's face. That gave UC the lead and caused me to wake up my parents with my yells. Remember, that game was late on a Thursday. It was a great moment.

McElroy was one of the leaders for the 2001-2002 season. He started every game, playing 31 minutes. He averaged 9.5 points, 5 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He shot 47% from the field. That number would have been higher if he didn't try and shoot threes. McElroy was 5 of 28 from deep that season. He would have fit in great on this year's squad. He got dramatically better at the free throw stripe, raising his percentage made to 71. He also averaged nearly a steal a game, and always guarded the best player on the other team. He was a ball hawk, who did things like this.

You really think dude on Boston has a chance of making that shot? He actually did and was fouled by McElroy, but let's pretend he didn't. I made that up. McElroy started the season off with a then career high 10 rebound performance against Oklahoma State. He scored 10 in the home opener against Wright St, but really got it going in December. Against Coppin St, he put up 10-6-6-3 steals. Toledo, 14-7. In the Crosstown Shootout, he scored 14 with 9 rebounds and 4 assists. He had another 3 game string of double digit scoring games, getting 12 against Mississippi State, 10-9 against Purdue and 15-6-4 in a win over Akron. McElroy didn't score a ton for a while, but had a 9 rebound game against Charlotte and a 6 assist game against Houston. He stayed consistent, but blew up for a career high 19, on 7-10 shooting,  in the 103-94 shootout at Wake Forest. After that, he got back to back 10 point games against Southern Miss in the Steve Logan game, and DePaul. He followed with a 9 rebound game against Marquette. He had 11 in the loss at Louisville, but followed with 16 and 8 in the regular season finale against Memphis. McElroy had a solid C-USA tournament, going for 8 against USF, 8-6-7 assists, a career high-2 steals against Charlotte, capped with 12 in the win over Marquette. McElroy made the Tournament team, but probably for his defense. He guarded USF 10 year player Altron Jackson, Charlotte's miserable Jobey Thomas, and some dude on Marquette named Dwyane Wade. McElroy had his best game in a Bearcat uniform in the opening round game in the NCAA tournament against Boston. Immanuel went off for 14 points on 7-11 shooting, a career high 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks. In his final UC game, he had 13 points and 8 rebounds. That game still bums me out all these years later.

Immanuel McElroy currently plays in Europe. He's doing quite well over there, and is probably slamming down alley oops all over dude's heads. McElroy was in many ways a quintessential Huggins era Bearcat. He played tough defense. He rebounded like hell. Most importantly, he couldn't shoot, a Bob Huggins guard staple. Immanuel McElroy was the man overshadowed by Steve Logan while at UC, but to us, he's a Memorable Bearcat.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Memorable Bearcat Games: Cincinnati 67 St Louis 65

This week's Memorable Bearcat Game involves a history lesson. For those of you who forgot, or didn't know, Cincinnati used to play in a conference called the Great Midwest. The conference started after the old Metro dissolved. The Metro consisted of Cincinnati, Louisville, Georgia Tech from 75-78, Memphis, St Louis, Tulane, Florida State (starting in 76), Virginia Tech (starting in 79), and Southern Miss (starting in 82). Cincinnati and Memphis joined the Great Midwest, while Florida State and South Carolina went to the Big East and SEC respectively. Cincinnati was joined in the GM by Memphis, UAB, DePaul, Marquette, St Louis, and in 1993, Dayton. Yeah a 6 team basketball conference was weird, and then they made it weirder with 7. It was so weird that the conference didn't have an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. That would never happen now. Now we are in the era of superconferences, with soon to be 20 team leagues. Just look at the Metro, Florida State and South Carolina didn't join their conferences until 1991 full time. Florida State football was independent. South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992. Conferences weren't a big deal 20 years ago like they are now. Virginia Tech was in the Metro and then joined the A-10 for basketball until 2000. How weird is that now? That's just 10 years ago when V. Tech was no one in basketball, and now we get to see Seth Greenberg bitch about not making the tournament every season. It's one of the rites of March. You know the NCAA tournament is coming when Virginia Tech starts getting talked about as a bubble team. Especially when they beat North Carolina or Duke or NC State and people say "This is the signature victory." I put NC State in as a historical nod.

The Great Midwest Conference, now referred to as the GM, lasted from 1991-1995. It would reunite with the Metro, minus the Virginia teams (V. Tech, VCU yeah VCU) to form Conference USA. TCU joined after the SWC broke up. If you ever wondered how South Florida ended up as a big program, it's because they were in the Metro and were in the right place at the right time twice. Same with Southern Miss and Charlotte. But enough about how C USA was formed. The GM was owned by Cincinnati when it came to tournament play. The Bearcats shared the first season championship with DePaul before winning the tournament title. The second year, Cincinnati swept both. In year three, Marquette won the regular season before Cincinnati bounced them out of the GMT, and won the tournament.

The final season of the GM was won by Memphis. Cincinnati had a down year, finishing 4th, and entering the tournament with a 17-10 record. That was the year UC lost to Canisius. Cincinnati came into the tournament having lost 6 of 9. UC was matched up in the first round with DePaul. The game went into overtime. LaZelle Durden made a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Bearcats a 96-95 victory. Durden had memorably nailed 3 free throws with no time on the clock earlier in the season to beat Wyoming. Cincinnati was matched up with top seed Memphis in the semi finals. The Bearcats got 22 from Durden to upset the Tigers, who had beaten them twice. On the other half of the bracket, St Louis was dominating. They whooped Dayton, well everyone whooped Dayton that season. UD won 7 games, 0 in the GM. St Louis also beat down Marquette, who was hosting the tournament. In the regular season, the teams split, both winning at home.

The game was both ugly and tough. The teams shot terribly in the first half. Cincinnati was 10-29, 34%, while St. Louis was 10-32, 31%. The Bearcats led by a point at the half, 27-26. The game was close through the second half as well. Cincinnati was powered by a herculean effort by Danny Fortson. The power forward scored 31 points and had 6 rebounds. The Billikens trailed much of the second half, including down 64-63 with 16 seconds left. Erwin Claggett took the ball from the top of the key and drove on Durden. He got all the way into the lane, making a runner with 7.5 seconds left to give St. Louis the lead. Durden raced the inbound pass up the court. He got the left wing, turned, which in turn backed off his defender, which allowed Durden to drill a 3 with 1.2 seconds left. The celebration ensued on the UC sideline. It almost was all for naught, as Carl Turner threw up a 60 footer that hit the rim. Luckily, Durden's 14th point was another game winner for UC. The Bearcats finished the Great Midwest going 10-0 in the conference tournament. A streak that carried over to Conference USA.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesday Random Stuff

This shortened week is kicking my ass a little, so we are switching things up to get a post in today. Instead of Friday Random Stuff, it's Wednesday Random Stuff. There will be a Memorable Game and Bearcat coming Thursday and Friday. The game piece will be up in the morning. Don't fret friends. This site may be called mean when it comes to talking about acne or douche sounding names, but you can't say that new content is up nearly every day. It's a thing that happens. Mainly because Bearcats Blog is confident in it's sex-u-al-i-tay.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bearcats Breakdown: Darnell Wilks

Happy Memorial Day everybody. I hope your extended weekend went great. I spent mine on a boat. I didn't really, I just love that song. I did spend the weekend getting linked to by the Enquirer's UC blog, which was pretty cool. Thanks to whoever did that at I also updated the blog roll, which should have been done a long time ago. Sorry Voodoo 5 and Down the Drive. There is also some potentially big news coming down the pipeline, but we can never be sure about such things. What we can be sure about is this edition of Bearcats Breakdown. This features a player who was frustrating, flashy, fixed to the bench, and finally broke out. That player is Darnell Wilks.


Darnell Wilks averaged 3.4 points a game, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Wilks averaged less than that before the Big East Tournament and NIT, where he averaged nearly 7 points a game. Wilks didn't get his chance to play because he was position blocked by Rashad Bishop. Wilks averaged 10 minutes a game, and used 18% of UC possessions his time on the floor. Wilks had an offensive rating of 106, up dramatically from his first 2 seasons in a Bearcat uniform. His effective field goal percentage was right on line with last season, 56. His true shooting percentage was also 56. Wilks took more shots this season than he had his whole UC career up to this point, 98. He made 49, for 50%. A third of those were 3 pointers, 32, of which Wilks made 12, 37%. That made him one of the better UC 3 point shooters because the rest were horrible. Wilks only got to the free throw line 13, making 6. He got to the line 17 times his sophomore season, but his free throw rate was 34%. This year, it was 13%.

Wilks started the season playing sparce minutes, but when the Bearcats came back from Maui, Darnell scored a career high 12 against Texas Southern. Wilks scored 8 against Xavier, making 2 of 4 triples. I remember the two he missed being bad shots. Wilks then didn't do anything until the bench stat stuffing game against Cal St Bakersfield, where he poured in 8 points. Most of them like this.

The almost dunking Wilks picture is definitely from the Bakersfield game if you check the recap. I have pictures of Darnell Wilks dunking, and I'm going to use every last one, you can bet your bottom dollar on that.  After CSB, Wilks didn't do anything until the Providence game. Wilks led a Bearcats rally with 10 points on 5/7 shooting. Wilks went back to gathering dust on the bench until the Big East Tournament. With Bishop suspended, Wilks got thrown into the fire. Let me go back a second. Wilks didn't play much, but it always seemed like he would take a bad shot. He took 4 against Seton Hall, 1 against Louisville in losses, so maybe that's not true. Back to the Big East Tournament. Wilks played 13 minutes against Rutgers and dropped in 9 points, all in the first half. The next day against Louisville, Wilks was more assertive, matching his career high of 12. Wilks shot 5-11 in the game, also a career high in shots. Wilks didn't score much against West Virginia, making a three. He scored 7 in the NIT win over Weber State to close out his good games.


Wilks averaged nearly 2 rebounds a game, 66 total. He had 32 offensive, nearly 1 a game, which was 10% of the UC o boards when he was on the floor. Wilks averaged 1 defensive board, but only got 11% of them, down from 13% his sophomore year. Wilks best rebounding game was against Notre Dame, where he pulled down 8 boards in 12 minutes. The 8 is a career high. Wilks pulled in 7 in the Big East Tournament win against Louisville. He had 6 against Texas Southern and CSB, and 5 against Xavier and Prairie View.

Other Things

Wilks had 15 assists this season, down from 20 the year before. Wilks had 7 steals, down from 15. He turned the ball over 3 times less than the year before, 22 times. Wilks had 11 blocks, 2 coming in the Big East Tournament game against West Virginia.


Overall, I have to say that Darnell Wilks had a nice season. We were teased a little at the end of his sophomore year when he started getting minutes late, and I hope that we aren't teased again with this performance. Wilks seemed to finally put it together, and it was great to see. Darnell still has some areas to improve his game, but I think some of that is going to have to come with him getting more play. I think that he will, regardless of Bishop coming back. I think Wilks has earned some minutes. Mainly because he can do this.