by Danny Cross
Posted In: Basketball
at 08:45 AM | Permalink
Cincinnati, Xavier, Ohio State, Ohio U. all in the Sweet Sixteen
Late Sunday night, as the Cincinnati-Florida State game prepared to determine the
final member of this year’s Sweet Sixteen, the national analysis
dudes all started talking about how the state of Ohio had gone 7-0 up
to that point — Ohio University had just defeated South Florida to
get into the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since the 1960s. Ohio
State and Xavier were both already in.
Cincinnati went on to
win a physical, back-and-forth game against FSU, which finished third
in the Atlantic Coast Conference and won the ACC tournament. It was
the first time in the history of UC’s program that the team beat a
higher-seeded opponent in the NCAA Tournament. The No. 6 seed Bearcats will play No. 2 seed
Ohio State at 9:45 p.m. Thursday in Boston, which means the
state of Ohio will suffer its first loss of the 2012 NCAA Tournament
After a second-round
comeback win over Notre Dame, Xavier found itself in the fortunate
position of facing a team called “Lehigh” rather than one called
“Duke.” Lehigh was one of two 15 seeds to defeat a No. 2 seed in
this year’s second-round of play, and the “Mountain Hawks” made
actually game of against Xavier, which didn’t have the game in hand
until less than five minutes remained. Xavier will now play No. 3
seed Baylor at 7:15 p.m. Friday in Atlanta.
Ohio University upset
4-seeded Michigan in the second round and then ousted No. 13 seed
South Florida in the third. The Bobcats will play No. 1 seed North
Carolina at 7:47 p.m. Friday in St. Louis.
Ohio State beat Loyola
(Md.) and Gonzaga to earn its spot in the Sweet Sixteen. OSU and
Cincinnati last faced each other in the NCAA Tournament in the 1962
National Championship game, which UC won 71–59. (UC also defeated
OSU in the 1961 title game, 70-65.) The Ohio State-Cincinnati winner
will face the winner of Syracuse-Wisconsin, setting up a potential
rematch of the Big East Tournament semifinal game when Cincinnati
MORE SWEET NEARBY TEAMS:
The Ohio Valley’s
hoops success easily spreads beyond just the Ohio teams — three
more schools within 100 miles are in the Sweet Sixteen: Kentucky,
Louisville and Indiana. Kentucky and Indiana are actually matched up
in the South Region (9:45 p.m. Friday in Atlanta), while Louisville
faces Michigan State in the West (7:47 p.m. Thursday in Phoenix).
BIG EAST REPRESENT:
The Big East again
this year sent more teams to the NCAA Tournament than any other
conference, and four of its nine are still standing: Syracuse,
Marquette, Cincinnati and Louisville. Each of these schools is in a
separate region, so it’s still technically possible for an all-Big
East Final Four.
SWEET SIXTEEN SCHEDULE:
Thursday, March 22
Wisconsin vs. Syracuse
(Boston): 7:15 p.m. on CBS
Louisville vs. Michigan
State (Phoenix): 7:47 p.m. on TBS
Cincinnati vs. Ohio
State (Boston): 9:45 p.m. on CBS
Florida vs. Marquette
(Phoenix): 10:17 p.m. on TBS
Friday, March 23
Baylor vs. Xavier
(Atlanta): 7:15 p.m. on CBS
North Carolina vs. Ohio
(St. Louis): 7:47 p.m. on TBS
Kentucky vs. Indiana
(Atlanta): 9:45 p.m. on CBS
Kansas vs. N.C. State
(St. Louis): 10:17 p.m. on TBS
by Brian Dill
Posted In: College
at 02:00 PM | Permalink
Bearcats a lock, Muskies not so much
The regular season is drawing to a close as Cincinnati and
Xavier each have one game left before conference tournament time. Cincinnati
will hear their name called on "Selection Sunday" — as for Xavier, only time will
tell.ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Xavier as one of his
first four out, and I tend to agree — although I disagree with the pointless
bickering in the comments section regarding the brawl that happened — wait for
it — almost three months ago. The Bearcats are listed as a 10 seed, a much better
prospect than having an 8 or 9 seed and having to play Kentucky or Syracuse if
they can make it past the first round. With the current mock up, the ‘Cats
would play San Diego State in the first round — a winnable game — and North
Carolina in the second — maybe, with a hope and a prayer.
Not to say that crazier things haven’t happened: VMI, Butler
(twice) and George Mason have all knocked off No. 1 seeds in the tournament. UC has more talent than any of those teams, and if they
can continue playing like they did against Marquette this past Wednesday the
Sweet 16 or even Elite 8 isn’t out of the question.
The Bearcats played stifling defense against Marquette, forcing
17 turnovers. They dominated the paint, outscoring the Golden Eagles 42-24, and
JaQuon Parker was a revelation. Parker used his size and strength to drive to
the hoop at will and went 2-for-4 from behind the arc, including a halftime
buzzer-beater that put UC up 16 at the half. Parker finished the game with a
career-best 28 points.
The Bearcats didn’t look back. Yancy Gates finished the game
with 13 boards despite being limited to less than four minutes of first half
play because of foul trouble. The 72-61 final wasn’t as close as the score
indicated, as UC coasted to victory. With the emergence of Parker the 'Cats now
have a steady combo of inside and outside threats that will make them a
difficult team to face both in New York and in the NCAA tournament.
Xavier, on the other hand, isn’t a lock for a ticket to March
Madness. Winning the A10 tourney would put all doubt to rest. The Muskies host
Charlotte tomorrow; with a loss the NIT will certainly be beckoning. A win
leaves a glimmer of hope, but in all likelihood, Chris Mack and his team will be
on the outside looking in next Sunday.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A woman fell asleep at the wheel and ran into Baba Budan’s
Bearcat Café early Monday morning in Clifton Heights. Nobody was
injured, but the storefront now matches its battered neighbor, Jerusalem
Café, which suffered an explosion last November. The ghost of West
McMillan at Clifton Avenue strikes again. CINCINNATI -2
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
As the college basketball season started,
many predicted the Xavier Musketeers would finish the season in the
Final Four. And that’s still a possibility — but nobody predicted this
would be the ride. Winners of their first seven games,
including wins at Vanderbilt and Butler, the Musketeers were living up
to their billing and were ranked No. 8 in the country.
UC, Xavier ramping up emergency plans
6 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Maybe mom’s constant advice about always washing your hands isn’t so annoying after all. UC students and staff received an e-mail Aug. 24 from University Health Services informing the campus community of two confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, also know as “swine flu.” As of a week ago, the number of confirmed cases had doubled.
1 Comment · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A month ago, the Xavier University baseball team didn't conjure a first thought, let alone a second. A lot of baseball happens in Cincinnati. College baseball happens very quietly. But around noon on May 25 Xavier reached quite a unique distinction when it was officially announced as a qualifier for the NCAA baseball tournament, and the Muskies will play Friday at 3 p.m. against Kansas State at the Houston Regional. Over the past month, XU put together a splendid run, winning 17 of 20 games with prodigious batsmanship and a knack for winning close contests when they didn't bludgeon opponents to death.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Forbes Magazine recently released two lists that should interest local sports fans. Estimating the financial values of college basketball programs, Forbes ranked Xavier as the 17th most valuable and Arizona as the sixth most valuable.
The magazine also offered its list of the nation's most miserable sports cities.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We made such a fuss a few weeks ago when Xavier lost three straight on the road in the Atlantic-10 Conference. We started wondering if the same team that could lose to tournament rejects on the road could beat tournament teams on neutral sites. What got into us? What made us forget that the regular season is such a colossal waste of time?
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Boredom might be a suitable attitude for sports fans after the Super Bowl, but one hates seeing a college basketball team assume that malaise, especially when that team was in the thick of the national picture. Thus we encounter the present Xavier basketball season as one of the most dumbfounding to pass this way in quite some time. The X-men rose as high as ninth in the national rankings on Feb. 2, only to mock their own prosperity with three dismal road performances in the Atlantic-10.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Less than a month old, the college basketball season is so new that it doesn’t begin to add up. Among the names to be found on top of the RPI listings are Butler, Evansville, Clemson and Northwestern. But one highly placed name that doesn’t read like a sampling error is Xavier, which is ranked fifth or sixth in various RPI ratings, 10th by the media and ninth by the coaches.