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"SHOT PUT" THE CATS OUT OF THE TOURNEY

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We've all probably seen West Virginia's last second shot and the turnover several times now and it was a reminder of how exciting the tournament can be good or bad. Arguably the Big East Tournament is one of the best year in and year out because of games like UC-West Virginia and the 5 overtime thriller last year. Say what you want but UC did earn some respect and 2 wins to eliminate the ghost of tournament past. While everyone still has thier doubts about Mick, there was the improvement factor and you can now say next year the expectation should be a tournament berth, NCAA that is.

As Dion Dixon relives the play over and over again it will now develop and/or reveal his character. We all make mistakes but on this stage they're never forgotten. He has an off season to get better, as do the rest of the 'Cats, and come back with a Chicago chip on his shoulder ala Chicago's finest Michael Jordan. You root for and want to see players like this rebound from a embarrassing moment to a shining one. How sweet would it be next year to see him practice and play with a purpose so when he's put in that position again the results will be the complete opposite. UC has people talking again and losing Deonta' Vaughn will hurt but for those who've been looking for playing time, here's your chance to snatch it and keep it. But more than that work on your game offensively especially; the tough D kept you in games but you have to win on both ends of the court to get to that Sunday evening in March of '11 to hear "The...seed is the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, who are finally back in the NCAA tournament."

That's the way I see it sitting in "The Box Seat"

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