Cincinnati Bearcats Link Jump Off | March 16th

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March Madness - Texas Edition

Yancy Gates' game and image recovering for Cincinnati

"I think he's starting to realize what he's capable of and learning how to be more physical," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin says. "Once he realized that he could score on Fab Melo he became a different guy. I don't think he had that confidence to play against some of the guys he'a had to play against."

UC Bearcats inspired by storied past | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

"You’ve got to believe that you’re capable of winning the tournament or there’s no point in getting on the bus and driving to Nashville," Cronin said. "I want my guys to realize that it’s possible and that it’s happened at the University of Cincinnati. We’ve got to believe that it’s going to happen again."

Bearcats prepared for early start time | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

"It’s the NCAA tournament," said point guard Cashmere Wright. "If you can’t get up at whatever time the game is you shouldn’t be here. We’re going to be ready for this game because it’s an important game. Everything else is irrelevant right now."

Other assorted notes including Cronin's futile efforts to convince J'Covan Brown to come to Clifton

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Texas Longhorns: A Bit of Statistical Analysis - Barking Carnival

Tempo vs. Tempo - Both teams like to play slow, and it's more by stagnation than by choice. Texas' offense looks better when Kabongo takes the ball and goes off to the races, but it just doesn't happen all that much. I imagine the limitations are similar for Cincinnati. Texas' pace of 66.0 is 172nd in the nation, while Cincy plays even more glacially at 63.7 (281st).

Texas, Cincinnati grow up on path to NCAA tourney
AP preview

Scene near Bridgestone Arena in Nashville | cincinnati.com | Cincinnati UC | Cincinnati.com

Paul Daugherty: Cincinnati Bearcats coach Mick Cronin compensates for size by winning | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com
Doc throws out an idea. proceeds with half a dozen paragraphs and doesn't bother to answer his own question. What exactly did this guy win for writing and why?

Memorable Bearcat Tournament Games: The 1992 Run | Bearcats Blog

Chatting up Burnt Orange Nation to get the 411 on the Texas Longhorns

NCAA Tournament Diary with Myck Kabongo - TexasSports.com - Official website of University of Texas Athletics - Texas Longhorns

Football News

Following up on Bearcat workouts - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

TE Adrien Robinson -- The 6-foot-4, 264-pound tight end opened some eyes at Cincinnati's Pro Day earlier this month with a strong workout. A first-year statrer in 2011, he was not invited to the NFL combine. Robinson didn't have big production over his college career (29 receptions for 434 yards, 5 TDs), but his athleticism is getting him noticed.

Robinson could be an out of nowhere guy who comes up big. I don't think he winds up in New England. I hear they have a couple of decent TE's. But I wouldn't be stunned if someone took a chance on him in the 6th or 7th round. Regardless he will be in someones camp and the opportunity will be there for Robinson to make some money. Speaking of former Bearcats making money in the NFL...

Trent Cole's weight and wait are over

A hundred and eight games and 68 sacks later, Cole sat behind the NovaCare podium and reflected on the "rough road" to his new four-year contract extension, which agent Rich Rosa said would pay Cole around $48 million, with a maximum of $53 million, depending on incentives, $15.5 million guaranteed. Rosa said Cole, third on the Eagles' all-time sack list behind Reggie White and Clyde Simmons, will be the NFL's third-highest-paid defensive end, at least until Mario Williams's expected signing with Buffalo is official.

It is richly deserved, pardon my pun

Other Bearcat News

Not much of it be here is an interview with Whit Babcock

Whit Babcock Interview

Nationally Recognized

Syracuse escapes UNC-Asheville with the help of two inexplicable calls | The Dagger: College Basketball Blog - Yahoo! Sports
So how bout that Cuse flameout? Fun no? Either way this is the story of the first day.

After March Madness fades, NCAA Tournament floors find new life | NJ.com

But if not for a miscalculation, it could have been known as Danny Miles Court, named for Oregon Tech’s legendary head coach. A small NAIA Division 2 school in Southwest Oregon, its director of athletic development, Russ McMahon, received a flash e-mail last April from Connor Sports Flooring. It offered used floors that would be sanded down then repainted with the college’s color schemes and logo.

Strange things happen to the courts you saw yesterday. Maybe one of the courts from today will be made into the center of a velodrome

Zac Stacy is pushing forward at Vanderbilt - SEC Blog - ESPN

Stacy, who will be a senior this fall, enjoyed quite the breakout year, but he says there wasn’t much he changed with his preseason preparation to get him going. The extra reps he received with former starter Warren Norman sidelined with a knee injury helped, but even before Norman went down, Stacy says he practiced and worked out as if he were the starter.

Zac Stacy was beastly for the Commodores last year. I have already determined that the Dores are my annual "team that I have never liked before which I really like this year. Joining such luminaries as Oregon 2009 and Nevada for basically the entire Colin Kapernick era

What I Read Yesterday

Why Finish Books? by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
Far too many words on whether or not it is OK not to finish books. I hope its OK otherwise half the books I own I haven't read

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