Cincinnati has found a replacement for Mick Cronin and that is former Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen.
While being the head coach of the Norse, Brannen posted a record of 81-51 and lead them to the NCAA Tournament in two of his four seasons and in one of the seasons where they didn’t make the tournament they won the regular season conference title.
What’s even more impressive about Brannen leading the Norse to the tournament in two of his four seasons, was that they only made the transition to division one in the 2012-13 season.
The Bearcats were a very good team this season, going 28-7 but bowing out in the first round of the tournament against Iowa and if they are able to bring a good amount of the eligible players back, which is always something that can be up in the air after a coaching change, they should be pretty good again this season.
During Brannen’s last two seasons at Northern Kentucky they were very balanced on both ends of the floor and while Cincinnati is known for its tough defense, but they have struggled at the offensive end of the floor and if they want to take the step of really advancing in the tournament, they will need to be better on the offensive end of the floor and that feels like something that could happen under Brannen.
With the job he did at Northern Kentucky and the recruiting area that Cincinnati is in I think Brannen should do a good job.
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