Cincinnati Basketball: 5 Reasons for Bearcats' Recent Slide

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Cincinnati Basketball: 5 Reasons for Bearcats' Recent Slide
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Cincinnati began the February portion of its regular season schedule viewed as a team on the rise. The Bearcats had won four of five conference games, improving to 17-4 overall.

The team's momentum is moving in a very different direction as we enter the final week of February.

Cincinnati finds itself in a downward spiral, dropping four of five Big East matchups and falling to 10th place in conference standings. 

The Bearcats (19-8, 7-7 Big East) weren't able to shake off recent struggles Thursday night. Cincinnati suffered a seven-point overtime loss at Connecticut.

Coach Mick Cronin's squad led by six with about four minutes to play, but failed to seal the deal and stumbled down the stretch in another frustrating Big East battle.

The Bearcats built a strong NCAA Tournament resume midway through the regular season, but this lull won't look good to bracketologists. 

Let's take a look at some particular issues that have sent Cincinnati in the wrong direction.

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