Cincinnati may have way more than its share of bandwagon fans. But when they get finally get back on board, they are among the most rabid in the college ranks.

The UC fan base has been known to all but disappear when everything isn’t going its way.  Kind of hard to take them seriously for that reason,  a curiosity because this nomadic clan is so hot and cold between all the ups and downs.

Mick Cronin at all times resembling a small child awakened from the middle of a nightmare, thrust into his role as a basketball coach, at Cincinnati of all places.

Put a few wins together, give them a chance for a seeding in New York and bring the University of Louisville to town, and they are back for sure, pretending they never left. Even becoming a factor in their team’s 60-56 win.

Debating whether the rowdies influenced the officiating or not would be giving them too much credit. One is seeing a growing number of strange calls on foreign courts. Rick Pitino was certainly boiling over after the game, practically begging the Big East Conference to fine him for his opinions of the officials. A few choice shots at the UC fans as well.

Mick Cronin at all times resembling a small child awakened from the middle of a nightmare, thrust into his role as a basketball coach, at Cincinnati of all places. One bad dream after another. But still managing to even the score at 4-4 with one of his old bosses.

Things start going badly before the game with the word that Wayne Blackshear is not participating in warmups, having “tweaked his shoulder” again. An unending refrain.

The game was lost when the “fouls” staring piling up on Gorgui Dieng, collecting his “fourth” at the 10:54 mark, leaving Louisville without any offense or defense, both going south quickly when he went to the bench. Odd calls, the last two.

Kyle Kuric will never go 0-for-11 from the field again during his lifetime, even he having a problem believing his shots were off so badly. Three games to go during the regular season, three opportunities to redeem himself.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.