Cincinnati Bearcats Sweet 16 Pre Game Links


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Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas knows he needs a big game against speedy Cincinnati | cleveland.com

"He's going to be a small forward in the NBA," Cronin said. "For them he's a hybrid big guy, he's really not a big guy. The advantage we have when we play a team with two bigs, I don't see that in this game, because he can move. I don't think we have an advantage in the aspect where he has to guard someone he can't. I think he can do it."

Men's basketball: Sweet 16 has been roadblock for OSU | Buckeye Xtra Sports

"That’s always in the back of my head," Buford, a senior, said yesterday. "This is my last time being in the tournament. I want to get as far as I can. Especially farther than the Sweet 16."

Cincinnati Bearcats @ Ohio St. Buckeyes GameThread, Mar 22, 2012 9:45 PM EDT - Along The Olentangy

According to Ken Pomeroy's Adjusted Defense measure, Cincinnati has the 22nd best defense in the country, making them the toughest defense Ohio State has faced so far in the tourney. Much of that toughness comes from Gates, who led Cincinnati to a double-overtime victory against Georgetown in the Big East quarterfinals with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. Without Gates, the Bearcats would have no talented size, which strengthens the case that he's Cincinnati most valuable player if only for scarcity purposes.

Cincinnati, Ohio State happy to be in Celtics’ building - Sports - The Boston Globe

"You always like going to the gyms and looking up and seeing the history,’’ Ohio State sophomore guard Aaron Craft said. "But I think if you take a step back, you still understand it’s still the same arena. It’s still the same place where so many great games took place and great basketball teams have played.’’

A closer look at this weekend’s five Final Four underdogs | The Dagger: College Basketball Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Believe it or not, the Bearcats are sitting pretty heading into the program's first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2001. With wins over Texas and Florida State last weekend, Cincy got by with defense, as Mick Cronin's club didn't do itself much of a favor with its inconsistent outside shooting. Big, physical and experienced, the Bearcats have shown that they can muddy up any game and be competitive. So why couldn't they do the same against a talented-yet-vulnerable Ohio State squad on Thursday night? If they can, there's the possibility of a third meeting with top-seed Syracuse on Saturday, who the Bearcats have already beaten once (and almost twice). The key for Cincinnati this weekend? Dominant performances down low from senior Yancy Gates, who could prove to be trouble for Ohio State star Jared Sullinger.

Men's basketball: Sweet 16 has been roadblock for OSU | Buckeye Xtra Sports

"That’s always in the back of my head," Buford, a senior, said yesterday. "This is my last time being in the tournament. I want to get as far as I can. Especially farther than the Sweet 16."

Cincinnati vs Ohio State Sweet 16 Preview | Bearcats Blog

Preview: #6 Cincinnati vs #2 Ohio State | Eleven Warriors

Bob Hunter commentary: Selective memory gives Buford a boost | Buckeye Xtra Sports

Eye On College Basketball - CBSSports.com Players not focused on 'rivalry' between Cincinnati, Ohio State

Afternoon Tea with the Enemy | Eleven Warriors

Doc: Annual Bearcats vs. Buckeyes game would work for all | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

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