Mick Cronin Watch

Mick Cronin had to do a double take when he read the U of L-Iona game story, especially the part about when Rick Pitino presented a Rolex watch to Kevin Willard. Always playing mind games that Pitino. Also a former U of L assistant, Cronin probably figures Pitino ran out of the Christmas spirit with that gift. But you never know with Pitino.

Watch or no watch, Cronin will have his Cincinnati team wound up for the Louisville game. The Bearcats have a 5-7 won-lost record but they challenged Memphis, North Carolina State and Xavier before losing. The Mick has yet to establish his credentials as a head coach; a win over Louisville would go a long way with UC fans.

The Cards hold a 51-38 edge in the all-time series between the teams.

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Charlie Springer

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