The Bearcats basketball team will face Oklahoma
Dec. 18 in Oklahoma City
in the All-College Basketball Classic, the world's oldest basketball tournament
(it began in 1936). That's what UC announced today. But what does it mean?
Well, it means the goal of getting as much national publicity
as possible continues for the Bearcats. The game will be preceded by Oklahoma
State-Alabama and it will be broadcast on an ESPN network. So, that's good for
Also it will help UC's RPI, and although this game won't
be included in next year's season ticket package because, you know, it's not a
home game, playing another BCS school, assuming the Bearcats win, will help pad
their resume for the NCAA tournament.
The coaches spoke in statements released by the school:
always, we're honored to be a part of the All-College Classic," said Oklahoma head coach Jeff
Capel. "This being the 75th year of the event makes it even more special, and
we're proud and excited to once again play in Oklahoma City. Playing a team like Cincinnati provides a
very, very tough challenge. Coming from the BIG EAST, they're a team that plays
really hard, is very well coached and will return a lot of players from last
great respect for Jeff Capel and the Oklahoma
program," said Cincinnati
coach Mick Cronin. "We are excited to play a team from the Big 12 and we thank
ESPN for their help in making this series a reality."