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power rankings 021312 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

6. Cincinnati: The Bearcats’ defense went AWOL against Marquette and so did a big lead. Cincinnati needs to start locking down if it’s going to assure itself an NCAA bid and keep its league record above .500.

Cuse, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Marquette, and Louisville are 1 through 5

Valentine’s Day for Cincinnati's Kilpatrick -

He redshirted his freshman season to work on his game and his academics. The Cincinnati coaching staff broke down his shot and rebuilt it. Kilpatrick forged it with hundreds of jumpers every day. "I’ll tell you one thing that’s sort of a lost art,’’ said Cronin. "A reporter asked Kevin Garnett how he comes out with great energy every game and he said it was easy. I hit pause and I asked the guys what they thought about that.’’

UC’s NCAA chances in serious jeopardy | UC Athletics Blog

"They have some great wins," Lunardi said. "They’re 7-5 in the Big East. Not many teams that are over .500 in a major conference with real wins get left out. But they have to hold it. They have to stay at least where they are in the league."

Mick Cronin Press Conference

Yancy Gates Dion Dixon Press Conference

Catching Up With Providence

Bryce Cotton Learns of Twitter Nickname | Friarblog - Providence Friars Basketball
Providence has someone who's nickname is ice. That's baller

GoLocalProv | Sports | Disaster strikes again, Friars bulldozed 55-48

Plenty - if you're the 2012 Providence Friars. For the third straight game, PC found itself with a late second half lead...and for the third straight game, the opponent found a way to win. This time, the culprits came from South Florida, as the Bulls outscored the Friars 14-2 over the final 2:30 to win 55-48 at the Dunkin Donuts Center Saturday.

So Providence has trouble closing games. That's either a really good thing or a really bad thing given UC's own issues the last few games

Other Bearcat News

Chisholm Selected To BIG EAST Honor Roll - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site

University of Cincinnati women’s basketball senior guard Chanel Chisholm was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the week of February 13, 2012 after averaging 15.5 ppg in a 2-0 week for the Bearcats. It marks the first time she has earned the league’s honor. It is also the third-straight week UC has placed a student-athlete on the honor roll.

The Week Ahead: Baseball, Lacrosse Open 2012 Seasons - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site

Recruiting Stuff

Louisville football recruits to fill spots | The Courier-Journal |
An interview with Louisville recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt

For every running back, lineman or quarterback the Cardinals need, they offer a scholarship to five players. And it’s first come, first served. The players are told the first one to commit to Louisville gets the scholarship. There’s no ranking system. "You offer five, and you are happy to get that one kid," Hurtt said. "You have to recruit all five like they’re Bo Jackson."

What's interesting about this is the process. UofL target 5 guys at a position and go after all of them the same way rather than prioritizing one or two guys at a position. I am sure other schools use a similar method. But that is basically a trade secret that you might want to keep to yourself.

Brackets, Brackets

Bracketology: Syracuse Still A No. 1 Seed, Louisville Rising, Seton Hall Stays In Projected Field - Big East Coast Bias
Big East centric breakdown of the latest round of brackets

Bracketology 2012: Duke Finally Steps Up To The No. 1 Line -
UC actually moved up in someones bracket this week. And you are going to love the match up

Big East Expansion Stuff

Tigers' pursuit of Big East Conference cloaked in secrecy, intrigue "

Greg Williams, the president of the University of Cincinnati, became an unexpected ally. Williams became impressed with the Tigers' facilities when his Bearcats trained there in advance of December's AutoZone Liberty Bowl game, Raines said. But another connection proved fortuitous. Though a significant Tiger booster, Rose is a Cincinnati alumnus. So when the Bearcats played Vanderbilt on New Year's Eve, Rose sat in Williams' box. "It was an opportunity for me to get the ear of Greg, plus the athletic director at Cincinnati," Rose said. "... That was one of my independent lobbying efforts in this thing."

Not entirely sure about this. My position on Memphis is clear. Not the best option in a vacuum, probably the only option in reality

Episode 101: Getting caught up on Big East realignment | No 2 Minute Warning
Mark Ennis talking realignment

Nationally Recognized

Person of Interest: Jeremy Lin - Grantland

It's also a mistake to think that athletes of an anomalous race can only succeed in cities where their "peoples" are well represented. Seattle has a large Japanese population, sure, but Ichiro would have been a superstar in nearly any ballpark in America. And unless the player can sustain his excellence over a long period of time, the novelty wears off quickly, especially for those fans who might start getting a bit embarrassed by the anomaly's level of play.

This is just one reason why Linsanity has been so fascinating to watch.