Bearcats coach Cronin: This may be program's best defensive team ever

UC-Houston will feature the Nos. 2 and 3 scoring offenses in the league (Houston 78.4 ppg, UC 76.9) and also two of America’s top defenses. UC ranks No. 2 nationally in field goal-percentage defense (36.2) and Houston is No. 9 (39.1).

UC and Houston also rank highly in the ratings for adjusted defensive efficiency. UC is No. 2 nationally at .841 points per defensive possession, and Houston is No. 27 at .954 per possession.

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According to KenPom, we are the 3rd best team Cincy has played. They lost to the two best they faced. Their schedule has not been overly hard, with 11 wins coming against teams ranked worse than 150 by KenPom.

Their toughest games:

12 @ Xavier L by 13
27 Florida L by 6 (neutral floor)
36 vs Houston ??
43 vs SMU W by 20
58 @ UCLA W by 14
70 vs MIss St W by 15
78 Buffalo W by 6 (neutral)

Then again, Cincy is the best team we’ve played. We are 3-2 against Top 80 teams, and have 12 wins against teams ranked worse than 130 by Ken Pom

Overall, Ken Pom ranks our schedule strength 196th and theirs 208th.

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Must see TV.

CBS Sports Network got a good one tonight.