Bearcats Breakfast 3.16.12

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I assume all of you will be taking half days as UC tips off at 12:15. If your boss doesn't allow that, I assume you will be quitting. So, good luck with the job hunt and enjoy your weekend.

Let's eat...

--- Three key stats to watch for today:

1. Turnovers. UC thrives on creating them and Texas be can exposed by them. Pressuring freshman guard Myck Kobongo into mistakes and getting rattled on the big stage would game, set, match for UC. I think the Cats need to win this stat by a margin of at least four.

2. Brown's second-half points. J'Covan Brown has made a habit of exploding in the second half. (Think Malik Wayns of Villanova at Fifth Third) He's put up 20+ points after the break on multiple occasions, including as many as 29 against Kansas. Over the course of the season some explosive guards have had monster games and given UC trouble defensively -- although at the Big East tournament they did a nice job containing Brandon Triche, Jason Clark and Peyton Siva (combined 12 of 31 shooting). They don't need to stop Brown, just keep him under his average -- especially after halftime.

3. Offensive glass. If UC can put 6-10 Clint Chapman in foul trouble early it could be a long day for the Longhorns in the paint. Without Alex Wangmene (wrist) they lack any true depth on the interior. Yancy Gates should be able to go double-double in his sleep today -- and that's before he collects a pass in the post. Slowing Texas on the offensive boards -- where they are ranked 15th in the country -- will be a key as well. Winning the off. rebound percentage battle, coupled with the above two stats and it will be on to Round 2.

To recap: Win turnovers by four, Brown under second-half average, win off. rebound percentage. Move on to Sunday.

--- Plenty of reading out there as you prepare for today's game. Here's a list:

--- Remember to check to for all your pregame and postgame needs for videos. Follow this link for interviews with Yancy Gates, Whit Babcock, all the players at the podium, Mick Cronin and Dan Hoard with Tommy G discussing the game from practice.

For all your audio/visual needs, we got you covered.

--- Also, for all your live updates, quotes, notes and information from the site, you can check out RapidReports at and filter it to UC. They'll be sending out all the in-game observations and postgame reactions immediately. They've already got posts up from yesterday's media availability.

--- The AP talks about UC and Texas both growing up on the way to The Dance.

--- USA Today on Yancy Gates. You might be familiar with his story.

--- Bill Koch on UC living up to its championship past.

--- Bill opens his notebook with UC not being worried about their uneven history with early start times.

--- Eamonn Brennan of
previews the game with some nice analysis.

--- Kobongo essentially calls UC a poor man's Missouri with their four-guard approach. He's incredibly nice about it, but if the Tigers played defense like UC, they'd be undefeated.

--- WLWT live in Nashville reporting on UC's approach to the game.

--- I can think of no better way to recover from a vasectomy than being stuck in front of the television these last two days.

--- That should be more than enough to keep you busy, enjoy the game.

Steven Tyler may think
his band mates are riding his coattails (thank you 60 Minutes), but Dream On is one of the Top 5 rock songs of all time. Place it over the top of UC history highlights and we have the perfect gameday video.

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