UC going westward

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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 the program.


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:


"As 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 year."


"I have 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."

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