The UC Bearcats enter the NCAA Tournament focused on what they do best
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Despite the impressive resuscitation job Mick Cronin has
performed on the University of Cincinnati basketball program since he took over
as head coach before the 2006-07 season, there have been times of
disappointment — embarrassment, even — with Cronin in charge.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
From Joey Votto's cool hitting style to the local coaches, teams and recreational spots we enjoy all year long.
1 Comment · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
With the Reds away in Arizona and another
story already planned on UC this week, I was left pondering what to do
to fill this space — and then I got one of the greatest gifts ever
handed to sportswriting — Charlie Coles.
by Danny Cross
Posted In: Basketball
at 02:33 PM | Permalink
Fans say farewell to four-year dudes Yancy Gates, Dion Dixon
Last week’s win over Louisville has gone a long way toward
moving the Bearcats off the NCAA Tournament bubble and into the 10-seed area of
most projections. A win at South Florida last Sunday would have all-but-secured
the invitation, but the dudes lost by a point on the road, 46-45. [UPDATE: The Bearcats whooped on Marquette, 72-61; here's the AP recap: Cincinnati halts No. 7 Marquette to pad resume.]
Tonight UC will welcome No. 7 Marquette to Fifth Third Arena
under a bunch of weird circumstances: Marquette kicked the crap out of the
Bearcats 95-78 on Feb.
11, and it’s Senior Night for a couple of UC players who aren’t used to being
trampled so badly (at least not in recent years).
what Yancy and Dion told The Enquirer’s Bill Koch
“You know that it’s Senior Night and we feel it,”
Gates said, “but I think we’ll feel it more when we get on the court tomorrow.
Right now, our focus is so much on we need this win that we really don’t have
time to sit back and think, ‘Oh, tomorrow’s Senior Night.’ ”
“I don’t know how I’ll feel tomorrow,” Dixon said.
“We’re just trying to focus on getting this win. That’s the main thing.”After tonight, the Bearcats have one remaining regular-season game, at
Villanova on Saturday. Assuming they can’t handle the rematch with Marquette,
they’ll really need to beat Villanova to avoid entering the Big East tournament
on a three-game losing streak. If they were to drop their first tournament game
after that, they’d be sitting at 20-12 on Selection Sunday with a real ugly
One win out of UC’s remaining
regular-season schedule or in the Big East tournament should be enough to earn
a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. But a win over
South Florida last Sunday probably would have assured it as well.
It is under such circumstances that two of Mick Cronin’s
most influential recruits take the court tonight for their final home game.
Gates is a hometown player who chose UC over Ohio State, West Virginia and
Xavier, among others, and has traveled a fairly up-and-down road during his
four years. Gates surely wants to end his senior season on a high note after
the Crosstown Shootout fiasco, which threatens to overshadow his years of hard
work and importance to Mick Cronin’s rebuilding effort at UC. Gates currently
ranks 17th on UC’s career scoring list and is the only Bearcat to ever lead his
team in rebounding four straight seasons.
Dixon came to UC from a Chicago public school where he used
to jam on a bunch of high schoolers. He’s contributed
every year, as his 1,183 career points show —
good for 27th all-time at UC. Dixon’s versatility has been a huge help to
Cronin, who has used Dion as a shooting guard and point guard during various
parts of his career. And Dion tries to thump it on people even though he’s just
a little too small to do it all the time. We still really appreciate that.
After everything this year’s team — and these two
seniors, specifically — has been through, tonight is surely going to be
an energetic and emotional night down at The Shoe. Hopefully the ’Cats can hang
with Marquette — securing an NCAA Tournament-securing win on Senior Night
would be a beautiful way for the careers of these two players to end.
by Danny Cross
at 10:50 AM | Permalink
It was a late night at Fifth Third arena for our esteemed live bloggers, but the Bearcats came away with a much-needed Big East win. The 'Cats moved to 18-8 overall and 8-5 in the Big East. They're currently tied with No. 18 Louisville for sixth place in the conference. UC will host Seton Hall, winners of three straight, at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by a visit from Louisville next Thursday. With only five remaining regular season games, the Bearskins have some work to do to ensure that Selection Sunday doesn't become "Where the hell do they play the NIT Monday."
by Danny Cross
Posted In: Basketball
at 06:44 PM | Permalink
PREGAME: Welcome to Fifth Third Arena everybody! We are gathered here today to witness a contest between the UC Bearcats and the DePaul Blue Demons. Let us take a moment to rejoice ... Lance Stephenson's epic slam against DePaul two years ago. In fact, let's take a moment to watch Lance JAM IT IN THE HOOP!(Gonna have to scroll down the page some, but it's worth it...)
0 Comments · Thursday, January 27, 2011
CityBeat writers and friends will share their thoughts and feelings during the University of Cincinnati basketball team's 8 p.m. Saturday contest with Bob Huggins' West Virginia Moutaineers. CityBeat will have reporters inside Fifth Third Arena providing the insight you can't get from TV or radio (such as, "How tall does the other team look?"), and live poll questions will allow fellow fans to vote on which questions CityBeat will ask Mick Cronin and Bob Huggins during the postgame press conference (last week's winner was, "Do you like Sprite, yes or no?").
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 3, 2009
More than once during his 16 years coaching the University of Cincinnati basketball team, Bob Huggins remarked that the Bearcats are written off locally before they're written off nationally. A case in point might have presented itself just three days after the Bearcats beat Huggins to enhance their chance for a return to the NCAA Tournament.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Imagine the scene in a week. Nancy Zimpher is leaving, Bob Huggins is returning, Fifth Third Arena could be full and the University of Cincinnati's basketball team could be headed back to the NCAA Tournament. Can it be that the more things change the more they stay the same? Of course not.