NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Gorgui Dieng #10 of the Louisville Cardinals jumps the ball off against Kelvin Gaines #24 of the Cincinnati Bearcats to start the finals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
Selection Sunday Round Up
Highlighting the list of concerns, the Bearcats are an excellent offensive rebounding team, an area in which this Texas team has improved but remains vulnerable, and Cincinnati's guards play outstanding defense on the perimeter, which is a huge worry in terms of the effect on the Longhorns' key freshmen, Myck Kabongo and Sheldon McClellan. On the encouraging side, the Bearcats' frontcourt isn't especially long and the team as a whole doesn't do a good job of getting to the line.
The youth of the Longhorns cast against the experience of the Bearcats will be one of the defining storylines of the game and the build up to it.
From a macro perspective - we're in a historical Golden Age. If it doesn't feel like it, I understand. But it's true. From a micro perspective, expect this year's tournament participation to be brief.
"When the thing came up on TV last year, you would see most of us dancing," said sophomore guard Sean Kilpatrick. "This year it’s like, all right, we made it, but now it’s business time. We’re a lot wiser this year than we were last year. For this to be our second time now, we know what to expect."
The Bearcats stumbled out of the gate, and found themselves embroiled in a brawl with rival Xavier on Dec. 10 (you may have heard something about this). But Mick Cronin's team upset Syracuse on the way to the Big East title game, proving that few teams have improved down the stretch like this one.
To which Gates replied, "I know how to play basketball. I can adjust. I have a pretty good IQ out there." He adjusted. "Now, they’re creating for me. They’re making it easier for me." What also has happened is, Gates’ ability to score inside – 23 against Georgetown last week – has made life easier for Sean Kilpatrick, Dion Dixon and Cashmere Wright. When Gates is effective close to the basket and Jaquon Parker can get into the lane and Kilpatrick and friends are hot from the perimeter, the Bearcats become problematic to guard.
Non UC Tournament Stuff
The most egregious bracket item may be Gonzaga, yet again. The Zags were put in for a 7-10 matchup against West Virginia in Pittsburgh. In 2008, Gonzaga was in the same 7-10 matchup against Davidson in Raleigh. The Zags lost the game. On a conference call, NCAA interim vice president Greg Shaheen said that the nine Big East teams forced West Virginia into that position.
Washington, Tennessee, Seton Hall and Arizona are the four No. 1 seeds in the tournament, which begins at campus sites Tuesday and Wednesday.
I don't miss the NIT. Like at all
Other Bearcat News
The University of Cincinnati baseball team defeated Chicago State University 4-3 Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium to complete a four-game sweep. Cincinnati (8-6), winners in eight of its last nine games, received 2-for-4 hitting performances from sophomore right fielder Justin Glass, freshman third baseman Joey Bielek and senior first baseman Nic Spence, while senior designated hitter Jake Saylor added two RBIs.
University of Cincinnati student-athletes Jasmine Cotten (pentathlon) and Kathy Klump (800 meters) earned All-America honors on the second day of action at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Saturday at Boise State University's Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.
A heartfelt congratulations to the newest Bearcat All Americans
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Civic Iconography: Raising The Queen City’s Standard « Over-the-Rhine Blog
Cool post on the criminally underutilized Cincinnati City Flag.