Saturday, January 28, 2012

More Ups than Downs This Weekend

At least so far... The biggest downer was U.C.'s basketball team playing an awful game at Rutgers losing 61-54. The offense against a zone defense is extremely troubling. The veteran guards are in a terrible slump. No doubt, UC looked as bad at Rutgers as the Bearcats looked in early December. UC has 9 games left. The Bearcats probably have to win at least 6, maybe 7 to get in the NCAA.

Xavier had to hold its breath at Charlotte, winning 74-70. Xavier can take solace in Brad Redford drilling 3 of his 5 three-point attempts. Dez Wells reemerged with 7 rebounds and 6-8 shooting for 12 points. The fact was Xavier had to win this one. A loss at Charlotte would have been the bottom of what has been a lot of lows in the past couple of months.

UC football got a boost from Isaiah Pead. He was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl. He helped the North squad to a 23-13 win with a couple of impressive punt returns, one for 60 yards and another for 38. Pead's total of 98 yards returning punts is a Senior Bowl record. Notes from Mobile claimed he was impressive in practice all week. It's safe to say Isaiah's stock is going up. UC defensive lineman Derek Wolfe was a late add to the Senior Bowl but I'm told he showed he belonged, and played well.

It will be fun to watch four Bengals in the Pro-Bowl. You never know how much they'll get to play, but I would think AJ Green will get plenty of chances to go yard in a game that is usually wide open. You can watch it unfold on WLWT-TV 5 in Cincinnati, Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Maybe the biggest UP for the weekend is the Reds Caravan. If they are as good during the season as everyone seems to think they are during the caravan, then it should be a bang-up year. Dusty Baker says its the best team he has had here so far. So that means no less than a Central Division Championship should be expected!

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