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Bearcats Breakfast 5.23.11

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Senior Night seems to be a recipe for memorable games around UC athletics this year.

The men's soccer team clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big East tourney with a 4-0 win while honoring the seniors prior to the final home game of the year.

The women's basketball team experienced one of the most dramatic wins in recent memory as senior Shelly Bellman played through a serious shoulder injury to bury a rare 3-pointer in the final minutes to upset No. 20 Marquette to snap a 13-game losing streak.

The men's basketball team experienced the crowning moment of the season with a double-digit blowout of Georgetown where every senior made relatively significant contributions.

Well, the baseball team wasn't about to be left out.

Brian Cleary's bunch dropped the first two games of the UConn series and needed a win on Senior Day on Saturday against the best team in the Big East to clinch a berth in the Big East tournament.

They did just that, handing UConn only their fifth Big East loss in 27 games.

Senior pitcher Dan Jensen only gave up two runs in six innings while UC built a lead it wouldn't relinquish during a 7-4 victory.

The day topped off an eventful weekend at Marge Schott Stadium. Big congrats out to the team who now enters the Big East tournament as a No. 7 seed after tying for fourth overall in the conference. UC will play No. 2 seed St. John's at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla.

Head to this link to follow all the tournament happenings from Florida.

Let's eat...

--- Jay Bilas remains one of the best -- if not the best -- color analyst in basketball today. He recently posted a story on the most underappreciated coaches in college basketball today. Included in his list of 13 was UC coach Mick Cronin.

There is no arguing the job he did in Cincinnati was underappreciated. Few people outside of the I-275 beltway truly understand the enormity of his rebuilding job. Here's what Bilas had to say in case you don't have the ESPN Insider account.

"Mick Cronin, Cincinnati: Cronin grew up with the game and further learned the game under Bob Huggins and Rick Pitino. Cronin left Murray State after doing a terrific job there to take a major rebuilding job at Cincinnati, and he never wavered. Cronin has stayed strong and stuck to his principles and it paid off this season with an NCAA appearance."

The other coaches included in the list were Xavier's Chris Mack and former Wright State coach now at Clemson, Brad Brownell.

--- St. John's will now only have one returning letter-winner on their basketball team after Dwayne Polee decided to transfer.  

--- I understand why programs can lose scholarships because of poor APRs, but why don't we award an extra scholly for an exceptional one? Wouldn't that increase the importance of academics for basketball coaches? Wouldn't that make them want to push not only passing, but excelling in the classroom even more? I like the concept of a program being rewarded on the floor for academic excellence off of it. Food for thought.

--- Fox19 with this great piece on Tony Campana. Also, Campana told ESPN's Buster Olney he headed out to sign the inside of the Green Monster at Fenway this weekend -- twice.   

--- Dana O'Neil alert.

--- The annual Big East meetings are this week in Ponte Verda, Fla. Expansion is expected to be a hot topic, though, the conference didn't release any official agenda.

Brett McMurphy, now of CBSsports.com, took an anonymous poll of coaches asking their view of expansion. Here were his results with only one coach declining to participate.

--- The Register-Herald goes inside the mind of new WVU OC and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorson. I'd rather go inside the awkward meetings between him and Bill Stewart next year.

--- Dr. Saturday looks deeper at Todd Graham, Pittsburgh's new coach who will be one of the fresh faces in the room at the meetings this week.    

--- Some randomness...

--- I'd call my trip to Cleveland this weekend a success. Got to catch up with an old professor and one of my good friends, Justice Hill. Despite the bat of Travis Buck and longest lines I've ever seen entering a baseball game, enjoyed a perfect day at Progressive Field.

If you ever go to Cleveland, I've got the restaurant spot for you: Melt Bar and Grilled. They take grilled cheese sandwiches and add...well, anything you could imagine to it. I had the Tuna Tokyo Melt. Grilled cheese, tuna sashimi and wasabi inside a grilled cheese sandwich. Wow. Incredible. And that was only the beginning. There were about 30 sandwiches equally as orginal. Highly recommended.  

--- The AJC asks if Atlanta is a lousy sports city. The answer is yes. And another hockey team leaving an apathetic US town for a city in Canada that will passionately follow every slapshot is a win for the NHL.

--- Don't sue Chuck E.Cheese. It's unbecoming.

--- Minnesota DE Ray Edwards is a Cincinnati guy. Grew up in Madisonville. I actually did a story on him in 2009 when the Bengals played the Vikings. Still prevalent in the community there.  

Well, he's picked up professional boxing during his downtime. And now there's talk of him fighting Kimbo Slice. Yeah, I'll watch.

--- Curb Your Enthusiam starts a new season July 10. He's a social assassin. Here's the season preview.   

--- Randy Macho Man Savage passed away Friday. Sad. He made my Saturday mornings complete.   

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