I'm still not ready to completely buy in.
But let's disregard what I think I know for a moment and focus on facts.
Fact No. 1: Cincinnati is now 15-0 with a 34-point win over Dayton and 20-point win over Xavier.
Fact No. 2: Xavier has played a schedule featuring Florida, Gonzaga and Old Dominion.
Fact No. 3: Dayton has played a schedule featuring Ole Miss, New Mexico and Old Dominion.
Fact No. 4: None of those teams have beaten Xavier or Dayton like Cincinnati beat Xavier and Dayton.
Now it's possible all this means nothing and that Cincinnati is about to spiral in a way that only the 2006-07 Clemson Tigers that started 17-0 and ended in the NIT can truly appreciate. If I had to bet, I'd probably still bet that way because four of the Bearcats' next five games are at Villanova (Sunday), at Syracuse (Jan.15), at Notre Dame (Jan. 19) and at St. John's (Jan. 22). So I'll be surprised if they don't go from 15-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big East to 16-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big East. But I was surprised when the Bearcats pounded Dayton in late November, and surprised again when they handled Xavier so easily Thursday night, point being that this team has already surprised me twice.
In other words, I don't know what to think anymore.
Maybe Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin really does have a Top 25 team.
If I had to bet, I'd probably still bet against it.
But I'm not nearly as sure about that now as I was Thursday morning.