by Danny Cross
Posted In: Basketball
at 09:25 AM | Permalink
Hometown favorites at stake when Bearcats and Buckeyes meet in the Sweet 16
of Cincinnati basketball players might not know that much about the
history between their program and that of Ohio State University, but
Cincinnati's mayor just added another level to the stakes for
tonight’s game. Mayor Mark Mallory and Columbus Mayor Michael B.
Coleman have made a friendly bet on the outcome, putting each city’s
hometown ice cream on the line.
Ohio State wins the game — which will take place 9:45 p.m. tonight
in Boston — Mallory will send a shipment of Graeter’s to
Columbus. Should UC beat OSU and advance to the Elite 8, Coleman will
send some of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to Cincinnati.
has offered supreme confidence that the 6-seeded Bearcats will take
down the 2-seed Buckeyes.
Cincinnati Bearcats are a great source of pride for the entire city.
I’m confident that UC will prevail and march on to the Elite 8,”
Mallory said in a news release. “I just hope Mayor Coleman sends
enough Jeni’s Ice cream for the entire team.”
offered the initial wager, Coleman reportedly slammed down his OSU
travel coffee mug, then paused to reflect on the heartbreak Buckeye
fans felt back in 1961 when UC upset the favored Buckeyes to win the
NCAA championship and then defeated OSU in the title game again in
1962. (Just kidding, Coleman was also gracious and nice, releasing
his own statement.)
want to thank Mayor Mallory for his generous offer of Graeter’s ice
cream on behalf of the Bearcats,” Coleman said. “While I do not
expect it to be as sweet as the Buckeyes’ victory Thursday night,
I’m sure it will be delicious. In fact, I’ll be happy to share
some with Mayor Mallory if he’d like to join me next week rooting
on the Buckeyes in the Final Four.
by Danny Cross
Posted In: Basketball
at 01:06 PM | Permalink
’Cats could end up with a surprisingly high seed
The Bearcats’ sweet
double-overtime victory yesterday over Georgetown was the team’s sixth win in its
last seven games, three of which were against teams ranked in the Top
25 at the time. The ’Cats are now 6-3 against the RPI top 50, with
tonight’s 7 p.m. Big East semifinal against No. 2 Syracuse offering
an opportunity to seriously enhance the team’s seeding come Sunday.
ESPN Bracketologist Joe
Lunardi currently has the Bearcats projected as an 8 seed, playing
Virginia in the first round with a potential second-round game
against No. 1 seed Kansas. This situation would seriously
suck. (For Cincinnati or for Kansas? ... Good point.)
Cincinnati is by far
the most dangerous team in the 7-10 range, having recently defeated
projected 3-seeds Marquette and Georgetown, along with projected
5-seed Louisville. It’s safe to say that no No. 1 or 2 seed wants
to see the Bearcats in the second round. And for UC, the road to the
Sweet Sixteen actually would look a lot easier from one of the 11 or 12 seeds —
fellow Big East squad South Florida is projected as a 12 to face
5-seed UNLV in the first round and potentially 4-seed Florida State
in the second. I think UC would gladly take on a tougher first-round
matchup for a second round game that’s not against a school that
starts four or five future NBA players.
It actually wouldn’t
be a huge surprise if UC is one of the several teams that every year
gets slotted somewhere far from what the prognosticators expected.
The Bearcats’ RPI of 58 might fit in with those of some of the
current bubble teams, but only two other teams outside the RPI top 17
have as many wins over the RPI top 50 as UC’s six (Kansas State,
RPI 44, and Notre Dame, RPI 37, each also have six).
The Bearcats received
votes in the AP Top 25 last week. UC’s five votes had the team
around the No. 35 ranking, which falls in line with the 8- to 9-seed
projection. But that was before yesterday’s win over Georgetown,
which would likely have earned the ’Cats more votes even if the
team loses to Syracuse. Louisville, on the other hand, fell from the
Top 25 in last week’s ranking, actually sitting two spots out at
No. 27, but the Cardinals are currently projected as a 5 seed, which
would typically include teams in the 17-20 range.
The selection committee
doesn’t strictly follow any single set of rankings when determining
seeding, but the guess here is that even with a loss to Syracuse in
the Big East semifinals it wouldn’t be a stretch for the committee
to consider UC one of the top 28 teams in the country, which would put UC among the 7
seeds. And it’s safe to say that a win over Syracuse would put the
Bearcats firmly in the Top 25 by week’s end, meaning a 6 seed would
be possible. And if UC were to win the whole Big East tournament, it
would be difficult for any selection committee to seed the team very
far from the likes of projected 3-seeds Georgetown and Marquette, two teams the
Bearcats have beaten in the last 16 days.
Here’s hoping the
Bearcats put on a good showing tonight in primetime against the No. 2
team in the country in the Big East semis. Selection committee
members will be watching, as will the potential No. 1 and No. 2 seeds
which certainly don’t want to see Cincinnati between themselves and
the second round. Photo of Dion Dixon jamming on Louisville's Chane Behanon by Brian Baker/Lacking Focus Photography.
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