A couple of guys had big games to carry the Cats. Dion Dixon, best friend, was only 5-14 from the field, but he was 8-10 from the foul line to get to 20 points. He had 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. Great all around game. JaQuon Parker stepped up to score 12 with 7 rebounds.
In a critical six-game stretch to finish off the Big East regular season, the Bearcats are now 2 – 0. UC has a 9 – 5 conference record and is in prime position to get a high seed in the tourny at MSG in early March and most importantly the Big Dance. Cincinnati is sitting pretty right now and if they continue to play with this kind of intensity will have their name called on Selection Sunday. But it’s too early to break out the champaign. The archrival Louisville Cardinals invade 5/3rd next Thursday and a win against them would all but secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Putting on the Bracketologist Hat and Evaluating Cincinnati’s NCAA Tournament Resume
On the Non Conference Schedule
It was full of cupcakes and teams that are absolutely killing Cincinnati’s strength of schedule. It was actually better compared to the 2010-11 season with teams like Marshall, Oklahoma, and Georgia filling the lineup. Marshall was expected to finish near the top of C-USA this season and Oklahoma, a 9 – 2 squad at the time, looked to be in-store for a good year. Those three teams are now a combined 41 – 37 and probably not going to win their respective conference’s title.
Lesson learned one would think
"I've always used that stuff for motivation," Schaffer told me. "When I was in high school, people told me that I wouldn't play in Division I. Now, it's not getting invited to the combine or people saying, 'He's too small, he's too whatever.' I just take all of that stuff and think about it on that last run of conditioning drills when I'm struggling and don't want to do it anymore. It's another reason to go out and prove people wrong. I also look at it as giving me an extra week to train and get ready for Pro Day."
There is always a place in the NFL for undersized linebackers who fly around and play the game smartly. Ask Jonathan Vilma
Other Bearcat News
The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team placed a program-best second place Sunday at the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City. The Bearcats finished in the top three teams at the BIG EAST meet for the first time in program history, winning four individual crowns and a sweep of the post-meet individual honors. UC got a pair of individual championships out of Kathy Klump in the 500 and 800 meters, but were edged out in the final event of the meet, the 4x400 relay. Along with Klump's double, Jasmine Cotten (pentathlon) and Sarah Rasnick (pole vault) earned titles on day one.
The University of Cincinnati baseball team ended the final day of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge with a 5-3 loss to Penn State University on Sunday at Walter Fuller Complex Field No. 3. Cincinnati held a 3-2 for the majority of the ballgame, but Penn State rallied for three runs on five hits in the top of the eighth inning to take a 5-3 lead it never surrendered.
The Bearcats went 0 for 2 on the weekend. Losing 6-0 to Purdue in their first game of the year