Tag:Sean Kilpatrick
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 12:39 pm
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Cincy guard disses, dismisses Tu Holloway

By Matt Norlander

Sean Kilpatrick is probably about to get his lunch handed to him.

The Cincinnati sophomore guard went on the radio Thursday and said Xavier point guard Tu Holloway isn't as good as him -- and that the preseason top-five player wouldn't garner a start spot on Cincinnati's roster. The exchange between Kilpatrick, Cincinnati's leading scorer, and Real Talk 1160 WQRT host Andy Furman.
Furman: “Are you better than Tu Holloway?”
Kilpatrick: “I’ll let the fans decide…”
Furman: “I need to know. No one’s listening. Just between you and me.”
Kilpatrick: “Yes I am.”
Furman: “Would Tu Holloway start for UC?”
Kilpatrick: “Would he, with the players we have now? I would say no.”
I don't blame Kilpatrick for having pride and claiming he's better than Holloway, even though everyone not associated with Cincinnati knows that not to be true. The category where Kilpatrick is clearly better: effective field goal percentage. Kilpatrick is clearing 58 percent to Holloway's 45.

The he-wouldn't-start-for-us line is where things get personal, and will no doubt serve to further motivate a team that's already of Final Four caliber. As if Holloway wasn't already motivated enough playing against the hated Bearcats, plus he had arguably his worst game of the season against Cincy last year, shooting 15 percent from the floor and scoring five points ... now he gets this.

Holloway's been a opposing team's dream-killer this season, playing fantastically in the clutch and late in games. I can't wait to see how X reacts and rallies around Holloway, who will most likely have another good-to-great showing.

In a grander scheme, what Kilpatrick's comments do is put the spotlight on what's truly one of the meanest, if not the meanest, college basketball rivalries. Xavier-Cincy will never be the biggest, but the Crosstown Shootout has spread the venom for decades. It gets pockets of recognition for how seething it can get -- perhaps this hyperbole from Kilpatrick will give the matchup even more recognition. We need rivalries with some true disgust and contempt between players.

Speaking out against the other team's star player is never smart for the team involved, but as fans of game, we always benefit. Bring on the trash talk and let the game begin.

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Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: October 27, 2011 9:41 am
 

Preseason Tour: Thoughts from Cincinnati

By Jeff Goodman

Now that I've returned home and had an opportunity to catch my breathe from my Preseason Tour, I'll try and run through my thoughts from each practice I attended. I've already done so for Ohio State, North Carolina and Duke:

Here are my thoughts and observations from Cincinnati:

Season tips Nov. 7
1) Defense. The Bearcats may not have lost any of their top scorers, but Mick Cronin is stressing defense because he will be without quality role guys like Rashad Bishop, Ibrahima Thomas and Larry Davis - all guys that guarded. A year ago, Cincinnati led the Big East in points allowed. "You've got to be able to win ugly - even if you don't make shots," Cronin said. "Defense is all about toughness and discipline."

2) I feel bad for anyone that has to try and match-up with 6-foot-10 freshman Kelvin Gaines. He's already injured a couple teammates due to his wild elbows, so now he's been fitted with knee pads on his elbows in order to protect his teammates. I've never, ever seen a guy with knee pads on their elbows - but I guess elbow pads didn't have enough cushion.

3) While some teams prefer "young" freshman, believing they have a higher upside, Cronin and his staff have gone the other direction in more of a Pittsburgh mold. Sean Kilpatrick is a 21-year-old sophomore and freshman Ge'Lawn Guyn turns 21 in a couple weeks. These guys all look like men.

4) Yancy Gates doesn't just look the part anymore. He also sounds ready to become a star and fulfill the potential that's followed him since high school. The communication between he and the coaching staff is clearly improved - and Gates' stress level has decreased significantly. Look for the senior big man to play with a sense of urgency this year and that should translate into more dominant performances.

5) Cronin defended his lackluster non-conference schedule (for the second consecutive season), but there's truly not much of a defense. It's abysmal. Yes, there are other Big East teams preaching a similar practice, but teams like Syracuse and UConn have nothing to prove - and ones such as DePaul aren't ready. The Bearcats are a preseason Top 25 team that should have played in one of the preseason tournaments. Cronin said he'd like to play Kentucky, Ohio State or Indiana - but he said none have bit on playing against his team.

6) Junior college transfer Cheikh Mboji, who spent last season at Grayson County in Texas, could wind up starting this season. The Senegal native is big, strong and can run the floor - but he's more skilled than many of his countrymen who have come over to play college ball. "He's a big addition for us," Cronin said.

7) It'll be interesting to see how these guys handle the expectations of being tabbed a Preseason Top 25 team. Remember, these guys haven't had to deal with any of this before. This is clearly one of Cronin's concerns.

8) Sean Kilpatrick will lead the team in scoring, but this will be a fairly balanced team again. Kilpatrick's a guy who has that swagger and knows how to put the ball in the basket. He put up 10.2 points in just 20.7 minutes per game in league play a year ago. Cronin said he'll need to cut down on his turnovers.

9) Cronin said he'll continue to recruit New York. Remember, he's plucked Lance Stephenson, Kilpatrick and freshman Jermaine Sanders out of the state.

10) Freshman Shaquille Thomas won't be eligible to play this season due to an NCAA ruling, but is expected to be able to practice in the second semester. The staff is extremely high on Thomas.

10b) I had to share this story about the ex-Bearcat Stephenson that I hadn't heard before. I was told by multiple sources that after he scored his first NBA bucket a year ago, in a sparse crowd in Indiana, his father tossed confetti into the air. Classic.
Posted on: February 16, 2011 9:27 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Touch of Cashmere gives Cincy marquee win

Cashmere Wright was smooth as silk in the upset of LouisvillePosted by Eric Angevine

First of all, let us just acknowledge that Cashmere Wright is one of the best names in college hoops this season.

Additionally, Cashmere Wright may just be remembered as the guy who got Cincinnati into the NCAA tournament this year.

The Bearcats entered this home game with No. 16 Louisville at 6-6 in the Big East and looking for a marquee win to offset an extremely weak non-conference schedule. Coach Mick Cronin has shaken up his lineup a bit lately, bringing players off the bench who were accustomed to starting. It didn't work too well in a two-point loss to St. John's last week, but Cronin kept Yancy Gates in reserve again in this game.

Gates did well enough, with 8 points and 6 rebounds after throwing up a goose egg in the Red Storm debacle, but it was sophomore point guard Cashmere Wright (right) who made all the right moves to keep Cincy in the at-large conversation along with... well, roughly two thirds of the Big East. Wright -- typically a low-scoring distributor -- scored 20 points on 7-15 shooting on a night when Dion Dixon, usually the leading scorer for the Bearcats, came off the bench and scored just two points.

Redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick also had a nice game, contributing a very efficient 18 points to the winning effort. The Bearcat defense held Louisville studs Peyton Siva and Preston Knowles to a combined 23 points, and the Cards as a team shot just 23.5 percent from deep.

Cincinnati may have made their resume more attractive with tonight's win, but they've hardly silenced the doubters entirely. Saturday's trip to Providence and a roadie at Marquette in early March look like must-win games if the Bearcats hope to maintain postseason momentum, and the remainder of the season is back-loaded with two meetings with No. 9 Georgetown that Cincy should aim to at least split. Throw UConn into the mix, and the opportunities to impress are there.

The Bearcats may not have been 'Born Ready' this season, but it seems like Mick Cronin and Cashmere Wright are working hard to get them ready in time for the Big Dance.
 
 
 
 
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