NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 18: Dion Dixon #3 of the Cincinnati Bearcats dunks the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 18, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Ohio State Week
In many ways, this non-rivalry closely resembles the same problems faced by Kentucky and in-state foe Louisville. Despite incredulous fans, the two Bluegrass powerhouses had not played one another in the regular since from 1948 until November 1983. Ironically, the two met in the 1983 regional semifinals and the resulting attention to the game initiated a regular season meeting the following year. In fact, the two teams met a second time in the 1984 NCAA Tournament, and have met every regular season since.
Which is what makes this matchup between Ohio State and Cincinnati so great. There is legitimate history here, both teams are playing very well, and it's a game that is of extreme importance. As a kid who grew up rooting for Ohio State in one sport and Cincinnati and another, for me this is the realization of what should have been a long standing feud between two great programs. Yancy Gates and Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft may not know it, but for me and many people like myself in Ohio, this matters. This means something, something beyond the obvious NCAA tourney implications.
During those final moments you could see it on the player’s faces. Every player’s breathing was ragged. Their eyes were bloodshot. They looked like they just walked out of a boxing ring. When I watched the end of the Oregon – Iowa game, that’s not how players looked. They were smiling. They hardly broke a sweat. Cincinnati vs FSU may not have been pretty. But in watching the effort by the players it wasn’t hard to see why FSU and Cincinnati were in one tournament, and Oregon and Iowa were in another.
No. 6 Cincinnati : The Brawl at the Cintas Center feels like an eternity ago. Mick Cronin's Bearcats earned a No. 6 seed with a strong showing down the stretch and in the Big East tourney. Cincinnati jumped out on a young Texas team in the second round and edged a huge and athletic Florida State club late Sunday night. This team has a talented big man in senior Yancy Gates, but it's strength is in its guard play -- with a bunch of guys who can knock down shots from the perimeter.
Not this year, or last, or the past 20. Those who witnessed the entire 16 years of Bob Huggins thought they’d seen physical toughness in its purest form. And maybe they had. But if you live long enough, you’ll see just about anything. The standard inched up a bit Sunday.
The intensity Sunday night was off the charts. It came through loud and clear on TV and from everyone I have talked to who was there it was an unreal atmosphere. I expect more of the same Thursday.
Offensive production: Receiver - Big East Blog - ESPN
Anthony McClung is actually the third leading receiver among returning Big East players. And that after being the first Bearcat to lead the team in receiving yards without topping 1,000 since 2006.
Other Bearcat News
Baseball to Play at Butler on Tuesday, Home Vs. No. 2 Kentucky on Wednesday - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site
The UC baseball team plays at Butler on Tuesday and vs. No. 13 Kentucky at Marge Schott Stadium on Wednesday.
The Bearcats concluded its most successful season in recent years after finishing with a 16-16 record, which is a seven-game improvement from last season and the most under head coach Jamelle Elliott. The 16 victories is the most wins since 2005-06 when the Bearcats went 17-12. The Bearcats finished with a .500 record for the first time since 2006-07 and recorded four conference road wins this season, which is its most since becoming a BIG EAST member.
Great season for the ladies
New OHIO-Based Logos For Other MAC Schools - Hustle Belt
I am partial to the Ohio-NIU one myself