- Jae Crowder (#32): This guy is just a scoring machine. As a small forward he can make buckets from anywhere on the floor but most importantly threes from the top of the key where Cashmere Wright has found a nice rhythm from recently. The problem is that spot is a great area for players to decide if they want to stop and take the three or drive the lane for a tough layup. Crowder can do both and he leaves defenses guessing as to whether they should crowd him to prevent the three or give him room in case he goes for the two. The Bearcats need to establish early the fact that they will crash the lane hard on him to make him think twice about doing it later in the game. This will allow UC’s guards to cover him tight on the perimeter.
I am more worried about Darius Johnson-Odom than Crowder. I think it's easier to weather a big night from Crowder than DJO
"You know that it’s Senior Night and we feel it," Gates said, "but I think we’ll feel it more when we get on the court tomorrow. Right now, our focus is so much on we need this win that we really don’t have time to sit back and think, ‘Oh, tomorrow’s Senior Night.’ "
#7 Marquette @ Cincinnati (7PM ESPN2) – After a disappointing loss at South Florida on Sunday, the Bearcats are looking to solidify their at-large bid. While currently in (10/11 seed), a win over a Top 10 team would seal the deal.
Wednesday, February 29: #8/7 Marquette at Cincinnati (6pm, ESPN2) - Who wants a 2 seed? Heck, who wants to get in to the NCAA Tournament? YOUR Golden Eagles have a chance at a 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, while the Bearcats are desperate to get anything resembling a quality win after a horrible showing while losing to South Florida over the weekend.
UC says farewell to seniors Dion Dixon and Yancy Gates on Wednesday when it plays host to No. 8/7 Marquette on Senior Night at Fifth Third Arena. The regular-season home finale, which starts at 7 p.m. ET, will be televised by ESPN2 and can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
Derek Wolfe had a brilliant second half of his career as a Bearcat, quietly played at an All-American level in 2012. His understudy last fall was Camaron Beard, one of the top high school players in Indianapolis two years ago. The three-star recruit appeared in five games as a redshirt freshman, earning a handful of snaps, but mostly getting better acclimated with the speed of the game at this level. Now 6-5 and 278 pounds, he’s packed on more than 40 pounds since arriving on campus, yet has maintained the quickness that coaches hope will result in stops for minus yards. Beard is one of the symbols of a Cincinnati D that could be vulnerable up the gut in the early stages of the season.
Schaffer was the heart of the unit, and became the center of a defensive rejuvenation that caught everybody's attention. Cincinnati was the most improved defense in the Big East this past season, and Schaffer did his part to make it that way. Not only did he have his usual tackles for loss (13), he had nine passes defended -- tied for the best among linebackers -- along with three forced fumbles and 4.5 sacks. It was the most well-rounded season of his illustrious career.
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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team earned the 11th seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Conference Women's Basketball Championship. The tournament begins Friday, March 2 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The Bearcats will face the No. 14 seed Marquette Golden Eagles on March 2 at 8 p.m.
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