Cincinnati: The Bearcats were the first team to take advantage and get a marquee win on Wednesday night, getting off to a great start against Marquette and blowing out the Golden Eagles. It could be the win that gets Cincinnati into the NCAA tournament. The Bearcats have now defeated Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette and Notre Dame, and are 11-6 in the Big East. They face Villanova on the road to end the season; a win there, and Cincinnati will be in good shape despite its horrendous non-conference schedule.
"We couldn’t ask for more," said Gates, who received a huge ovation, with the crowd chanting his name when he was removed from the game with 4.5 seconds left. "We all played great. Everybody did what they had to do to get a win. It’s something I’ll remember forever."
From and X’s and O’s standpoint, the Bearcats simply played a cleaner game. The guards, particularly Jaquon Parker and Dion Dixon (more on them in a minute), drove the lane with aggression and picked up hard points in the paint. The transition game was also night and day from game 1. Marquette obliterated UC’s full-court offense with a suffocating press. Not tonight. The players didn’t bunch up and made smart passes which led to easy buckets. The Bearcats essentially used the Golden Eagles’ game against them.
The Bearcats are 8-4 over their last 12 games against ranked foes...
That's good no?
Setting up in a 2-3 zone, the Bearcats had to assure they kept track of Crowder and Johnson-Odom, but Marquette has no other dangerous shooters. After those two initially scored Marquette’s first nine points on 3-pointers, Cincinnati tightened its defense, and the Golden Eagles didn’t make another in the half.
That same 2-3 did nothing to stop Crowder last time. Props to the players for executing the plan.
Did you have a sense of having grown up watching UC play when the program was one of the best in the country and wanting to have a hand in getting back to that? I think it came in more as the recruiting got closer to me picking a school. I’m like I can go to UC and if I can help get the program back on its feet, that would be big and I would be remembered for that. There’s no better place to do it than where you’re from.
Yancy Gates will be remembered for that. Not just for that, but it's a massive piece of his legacy.
starts today so....
"It’s going to be wide open," Jones said. "Munchie has had a very good off-season but the individual who has quietly really shown great improvement is Brendon Kay." Jones also mentioned redshirt freshman Patrick Coyne from Hamilton Badin High School and junior Jordan Luallen, who will be used in a variety of ways - including wide receiver - in an attempt to take advantage of his athleticism.
That is the first public acknowledgement of Luallen changing positions. Lots of other good stuff in here. Shockingly Bill Koch did some work. I know, I am surprised by that as you are.
"The biggest compliment I can give him is he has a level of consistency at his age that I've never seen before," Cincinnati coach Butch Jones said. "He's never shaken. He has great discipline. You know what you're getting every day with Ralph David IV. He understands what his name is all about. We always talk about, what does your name represent? He's always very conscientious about what he's representing with his actions on and off the field, and that speaks to his character."
5. Assuming the Big East finds an eighth team for 2012, the Bearcats figure to catch a break in the schedule. Cincinnati had an unbalanced home/away schedule in conference play in 2011, as it hosted three games and played four Big East foes on the road. If the schedule from last season is reversed, the Bearcats will host Rutgers, South Florida and Pittsburgh – all teams predicted to be in the same tier next season. Cincinnati will have to travel to Louisville, but the schedule seems to be very manageable for a run at the Big East title.
One underclassman upset about his lack of playing time says he stopped wearing his jersey under his warmups during games. When Howland ordered him to the scorer's table during garbage time in one game, the player responded, "Sorry, Coach, I don't have my jersey on." "It's something I can't believe I did," says the player. "But there was so much crazy [stuff] going on it didn't seem that crazy then."
Much more like this
Drugs. Fights. A chemistry killer. Hardly a novel concept within the workings of a big-time college basketball program. "We've had all that stuff before," said one high-major assistant coach. "There's no bombshell there."
Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, acknowledged to CBSSports.com in multiple phone calls this week that he knows both men and has been questioned by an NCAA investigator about the relationships. Sources told CBSSports.com Lincoln paid for at least two of Muhammad's unofficial visits to college campuses and that Kavanagh has helped fund Muhammad's summer team, the Las Vegas-based Dream Vision Foundation. Holmes, who has hired legal counsel to assist with getting the NCAA inquiry resolved, confirmed both statements as true to CBSSports.com.
So a top recruit has shady dealings with pseudo agents compromising his amateur status. Such a new tail. And yes I am a terrible cynic.
A First Time For Everything
This is the first time USA has beaten a country with a World Cup title in 20 attempts, with the last win over Uruguay in 2002. It's also the first time USA has earned a road point versus any of the eight countries that have won a World Cup.