Its day two of round two of the All-Time Favorite Cincinnati Bearcat Basketball Player Tournament.
After revealing the results from the second round of voting in the Ed Jucker region and the Gale Catlett region yesterday, its time we get to the next step: providing the results of the second round of the Bob Huggins region. This was an extremely competitive round, and even threatened to give us our first tie. To the results!
No. 1 Kenyon Martin defeats No. 8 Justin Jackson
Its fitting that the NBA Draft just occurred last night because K-Mart is one of only two players to ever be selected No. 1 overall, with Oscar Robertson (unsurprisingly) the other. The battle between these two certainly featured plenty of blocked shots, as they rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in rejections at UC. Martin’s 107 beat out Jackson’s 99, just as his 97.2 percent of the vote outdid Jackson’s 2.8 percent.
No. 5 Jack Twyman defeats No. 4 Kenny Satterfield
Score another one for history! Twyman’s name may not be as recognizable as Robertson or Matin’s but he is held in similar esteem among Bearcat historians. One of three players to have their number retired (sorry, no No. 27 for you incoming recruits), Twyman defeated Satterfield by a close margin, with Satterfield’s strong 2000-01 season obviously standing out in many voters’ minds.
No. 2 DerMarr Johnson defeats No. 10 Leonard Stokes
Boy, you guys sure love both of these players. Johnson won by the slimmest of margins, taking a 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent victory. Stokes obviously gets love for putting in four years and playing 129 games while being a consistently solid scorer. But Johnson won out because his 2000 C-USA Freshman of the Year season was just that good.
No. 6 Yancy Gates defeats No. 3 Darnell Burton
The last time Gates played for the Bearcats was in the Sweet 16, so I guess its not that surprising that he makes it to the same round in this tournament, even if he upset Burton to get there. Back-to-back sixth man of the year honors weren’t enough to push Burton past Gates, who really built his stock up by shining during the stretch run of the 2011-12 season.
With those matchups now in the books, its time to move on to the next round. We can’t do that without a look at the updated bracket.
No. 1 Kenyon Martin vs. No. 5 Jack Twyman
This really is a clash of legends from totally different eras. Twyman played from 1951 to 1955 and never got a shot in the NCAA Tournament, although the team did go 21-8 in his senior year when he scored 24.6 points per game, his second-straight campaign with at least 20. Martin was the best player in college basketball in 2000 and went dancing every year of his career. If he hadn’t broken his leg in the C-USA Tournament in 2000, who knows how far the Bearcats would have gone. Curse you, basketball gods!
No. 2 DerMarr Johnson vs. No. 6 Yancy Gates
Its one-and-done versus Cincinnati lifer here. Johnson was an explosive force and a teammate of Martin’s on the 2000 squad. He had one of the best freshman seasons in UC history, or at least one of the most memorable. Gates played for four years and was rewarded with a Sweet 16 trip, even if he never received the accolades that Johnson did.
Make sure you vote below, and in the other regions (links above).