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Jan. 9, 2009
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The Cincinnati Bearcats (10-5; 0-2 BIG EAST) continue a three-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 10, when it hosts No. 5/5 Connecticut (13-1; 2-1 BIG EAST) at Fifth Third Arena at 4:30 p.m. The contest will be televised as part of the BIG EAST Network’s syndicated TV package. Jim Barbar will call the play-by-play with Bob Wenzel handling the analysis. Cincinnati is looking to stop a three-game losing streak playing at home where it is 8-2 this year. The Huskies, which lost their BIG EAST opener on Dec. 29 at home to Georgetown, have won their last two games, knocking off Rutgers at home, 80-49, on Jan. 3, and then winning at West Virginia, 61-55, on Tuesday. Connecticut, one of the nation’s top 25 offensive teams, has four players averaging 10 or more points, including Jeff Adrien (14.6 ppg), Jerome Dyson (14.2 ppg), and Hasheem Thabeet (13.9 ppg) who are each over 13 points per contest.
This game will be the fifth meeting between Cincinnati and Connecticut and fourth as members of the BIG EAST Conference. The two first met in the second round of the 1995 NCAA West Regional in Salt Lake City with UConn winning, 96-91. Last season the Huskies swept both games vs. the Bearcats, including an 84-83 victory in Cincinnati on Jan. 23, 2008.
· Connecticut is 13-1 on the season and 2-1 in the BIG EAST Conference winning its last two vs. Rutgers (80-49) and No. 25/22 West Virginia (61-55).
· The Huskies are a perfect 6-0 on the road this year in opposing team’s gyms or on neutral courts.
· Four players average in double figures for Connecticut led by Jeff Adrien’s 14.6 points a game. Jerome Dyson (14.2 ppg), Hasheem Thabeet (13.9 ppg) and Kemba Walker (10.0 ppg) round out the quartet.
· Thabeet, the BIG EAST’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, leads the team in rebounding with 10.7 boards a night and is just one of four players in the BIG EAST averaging double-digit rebounds. Adrien is second on the team with 8.9 rpg.
· Thabeet also leads the team and the BIG EAST with 3.71 blocks per game.
· Connecticut is doubling up its opponents free-throw attempts, averaging 28.8 a game compared to its opponents 12.1 attempts a game. With a 70.5 free throw attempt percentage, UConn is outscoring its opponents 20.3 to 8.8 a night from the charity stripe.
· Connecticut is hitting on 49.2 percent of its shots from the field, second in the BIG EAST.
· Despite a 36.6 3-point shooting percentage, the Huskies are next to last in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goals made per game, as they are taking just 12.5 attempts per game.
· UConn is outrebounding its opponents by 9.6 boards a game (41.0-31.4), second in the BIG EAST and one spot ahead of Cincinnati.
· Connecticut is third in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 37.3 percent shooting.
PROVIDENCE GAME NOTES - JAN. 7
· Providence improved to 3-1 in the series with an 87-79 win against Cincinnati. The Friars eight-point (87-79) win was the largest margin of victory in the series. Before tonight’s game, no team had won by more than two points.
· A Yancy Gates tip-in tied the game at 68 with 6:43 remaining before the Friars went on an 11-4 run to take a 79-72 lead with 3:34 to play.
· Trailing by 12 points, 65-53, with 10:55 to play, UC went on a 13-1 run over the next 2:51 to tie the game at 66 with 7:19 to play. It was the first tie since the 7:56 mark of the first half.
· The Friars took a seven-point lead into the half, 42-35. Providence shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) in the first half and its 42 points were the most first-half points allowed by UC this season.
· UC scored a season-high 40 points in the paint vs. Providence.
· Senior Mike Williams finished with a career-high 20 points, while junior Deonta Vaughn also tallied 20 points. It is the first time since Feb. 27, 2008 that two UC players scored 20-plus points in the same game.
· Vaughn’s 20 points marked his 12th double-figure scoring game of the season and it is the eighth time in his career that he has followed up a single-digit scoring performance by scoring 20 or more points in a game.
· Vaughn matched a career-high with a team-high seven rebounds.
· Williams’ 20 points marked the first 20-point scoring game of his career.
· Sophomore Rashad Bishop finished the game tying his season-high with 11 points and equaling a career-high with six assists. It is the second consecutive game Bishop has scored 11 points.
· For the first time in his career, senior guard Deonta Vaughn was held scoreless in Cincinnati’s loss to Marquette on Jan. 4, marking the 18th game in his career that he has been held to 10 points or less.
· Vaughn rebounded against Providence posting his 16th career game with 20 or more points on 8-of-16 shooting. He also added a career-high tying seven rebounds.
· For his career, Vaughn is averaging 15.7 points per game in games following single-digit point contests.
· Eight times in his career Vaughn has followed up a single-digit point performance with a 20-plus point performance, including two 30-plus point performances.
SHARING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
· Senior guard Deonta Vaughn has become more comfortable with his new role as the team’s point guard and has 36 assists in the last seven games (5.1 apg).
· With his 10 assists at Marquette on Jan. 4, Vaughn surpassed 300 assists for his career. Vaughn has 311 assists in his career and needs 96 more assists to reach Damon Flint’s 407 career assists, which ranks fourth on the all-time UC assists list.
· Vaughn became the first player since Devan Downey on Dec. 30, 2005, to record 10-plus assists in a game after dishing out 10 assists at Marquette on Jan. 4.
GATES LEADING THE WAY
· Over the past seven games, freshman Yancy Gates has stepped up his game and provided a presence on the blocks for the Bearcats.
· Since the Dec. 13 match-up with then No. 10/9 Xavier, Gates is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game and leads the squad with 7.3 rebounds per contest.
· During that stretch, Gates is also shooting .551 from the field (38-of-69), while averaging just under one block per game (0.9).
· After scoring just two points against Xavier on Dec. 13, freshman Yancy Gates has turned in five double-digit scoring nights in the past seven games (vs. Charleston Southern (18), Mississippi State (12), Eastern Kentucky (17), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (14), and Marquette (10)). His 12.0 points per game during the stretch are second on the squad.
· For the season, Gates is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 10.2 points per game.
· Gates is also averaging 7.3 rebounds per contest in his last seven games.
· Gates grabbed six rebounds in the first 8:59 of the opening half vs. Memphis and finished with a team-high nine rebounds.
· The Cincinnati native has had nine double-figure scoring games this season and Cincinnati is 8-1 when he scores in double-figures.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
· Through 15 games this season, UC has improved its win total by three and notched 10 wins before the start of conference play for the first time since going 11-2 in 2005-06.
· The Bearcats did not win their 10th game of the season last year until Game 21 at West Virginia on Jan. 30.
· Defensive play has been the biggest area of improvement for UC as it has limited opponents to 63.5 points per game, down 4.9 points from last year. From the field, opponents are hitting on just 37.9 percent of their shots this year.
· After defense, the boards have also keyed UC’s four-win jump as they are getting 6.0 more rebounds per game this season
· Below is a comparison of the first 15 games of 2007-08 and 2008-09:
Category 2007-08 2008-09 Dif.
Wins 7 10 +3
Points 65.1 71.3 +6.2
Points Allowed 67.0 63.5 -3.5
Scoring Margin -1.9 +7.7 +9.6
FG Percentage 41.7 42.6 +0.9
FG Percentage Def. 42.8 37.8 -5.0
3-PT Percentage 33.0 32.6 -0.4
3-PT Percentage Def. 33.1 33.1 0.0
Rebounds 35.4 41.7 +6.3
Opponent Rebounds 33.1 32.9 -0.2
Rebounding Margin +2.3 +8.8 +6.5
HARD TIMES BEHIND THE LINE
· Before its current three-game losing streak, the Bearcats were one of the better 3-point shooting teams in the BIG EAST knocking down 34.9 percent of its 3-point attempts.
· In the last three games, Cincinnati has struggled from behind the arc, shooting 21.7 percent (13-of-60).
· Before hitting on 7-of-25 vs. Providence (Jan. 7), UC was a combined 6-of-35 (.714) vs. Memphis and Marquette, making just three treys in each game.
· Deonta Vaughn has seen his 3-point percentage drop from 37.6 percent to 32.5, going 4-for-20 (.200) in the last three games. All four makes came in the last game vs. Providence.
FIFTH THIRD ADVANTAGE
· The Bearcats opened the season with just three road games in their first 14 contests before starting BIG EAST Conference play on Jan. 4 at Marquette.
· Two of the three road games were part of the Global Sports Classic. After playing home games vs. Western Illinois (Nov. 22) and Coastal Carolina (Nov. 24), the Bearcats traveled to Las Vegas for the final two rounds at the Thomas & Mack Center where they faced Florida State (Nov. 28) and UNLV (Nov. 29).
· The other lone pre-conference road game was at 2008 NCAA national runner-up Memphis on Dec. 29.
· UC is 2-3 in their five games away from Fifth Third this season and a 8-2 at home.
· UC’s 8-1 start at home this season was its best since the 2004-05 team started its home campaign with an 8-0 record.
· UC is 262-52 (.835) in games at Fifth Third Arena since the building opened in 1989-90.
· Under Mick Cronin, UC is 28-17 at home (.622).
TALE OF THE TAPE
· In Cincinnati’s 10 wins this season, UC is averaging 8.9 3-pointers per game and 17.1 assists per game compared to 14.8 turnovers per game.
· However, in UC’s five losses, the Bearcats are averaging just 4.6 made 3-pointers per game, while averaging 11.0 assists per game compared to 17.0 turnovers per game.
· The Bearcats are also one of the top rebounding teams in the country and owning a positive rebounding margin is key for the Bearcats. UC owns a rebounding margin of +14.6 in wins compared to -2.8 in losses.
SCORING IN BUNCHES
· Junior guard Deonta Vaughn has begun to earn a reputation for scoring his points in bunches during a game, starting at last year’s BIG EAST Conference Championship in New York, when he single-handedly brought UC back against Pittsburgh with 23 of his 30 points in the second half.
· In front by three points, 32-29, with 4:06 to play in the first half vs. Mississippi State (12/18), Cincinnati went on a 15-0 run over that stretch to enter the intermission with a 47-29 lead. Vaughn scored 14 of his team-high 16 points during that run, including 11 straight points.
· Cincinnati closed out the first half vs. Eastern Kentucky (12/20) on a 17-6 run over the final 5:59 to close within four points, 36-32, after trailing in the half by as many as 15 points. Vaughn scored all eight of his first-half points during that stretch.
· The Bearcats jumped out to an 11-7 lead against Arkansas-Pine Bluff thanks to three 3-pointers from Vaughn.
· Cincinnati trailed Eastern Kentucky, 30-15, at 7:19 of the first half on Dec. 20 before mounting the second-largest comeback under head coach Mick Cronin.
· Trailing 73-71, an alley-oop dunk by Yancy Gates from Deonta Vaughn with 0.1 second left in regulation tied the game at 73, sending UC to its first overtime game this season and its first overtime game since March 2, 2008.
· The Bearcats went on a 12-4 run in overtime, including nine free throws, to pull out the dramatic victory.
· The largest comeback under Cronin was vs. West Virginia in 2006-07. Down by as many as 17 points with 10:49 left in the first half, UC, led by 32 points by Marvin Gentry, fought all the way back and downed the Mountaineers, 96-83, in overtime.
· Cronin is 4-1 at UC in overtime games.
PLAY DEFENSE AND REBOUND
· UC basketball has built its success over the last 20 years on two core values ... defense and rebounding. Head coach Mick Cronin learned it as an assistant at UC and those same values still hold true.
· This season UC has shown marked improvement in each category, holding its opponents to 63.5 points per game and 38.8 percent shooting, while averaging 41.7 rebounds per game and a +8.8 rebounding margin. Last year, UC allowed opponents 67.8 points per contest on .430 shooting.
· UC’s +8.8 rebounding margin ranks third in the BIG EAST.
· In the most recent NCAA statistics, Cincinnati was ranked nationally among the Top 25 in rebounding margin (+9.0/11th), and field goal percentage defense (.379/23rd).
· Five players are averaging over 4.0 rebounds per game this season.
· With the addition to Mike Williams and Yancy Gates down in the blocks this year, UC has jumped from 11th in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds per game last year (12.7) to second this season (16.4).
· Of the 515 missed shots by Cincinnati this season, the Bearcats have come away with the offensive rebound 246 times (47.8 percent).
· In the latest release of NCAA statistics, UC’s 16.4 offensive rebounds per game ranked tied for eighth nationally and is the third highest by a BCS program.
Rk. Team Off. Reb./Gm
1. Hofstra 17.7
2. Morgan State 17.1
3. Northwestern State 16.9
4. West Virginia 16.9
5. Drexel 16.8
6. Kansas State 16.6
7. Texas State 16.6
8. Cincinnati 16.4
Maryland-Eastern Shore 16.4
10. Washington 16.3
UC SHOOTS PAST BULLDOGS
· Cincinnati hit nine first-half 3-pointers vs. Mississippi State to jump out to a 47-29 halftime advantage over the Bulldogs.
· UC finished the game 12-of-27 from behind the arc (.444), its most made 3-pointers in a game this season.
· Sophomore Larry Davis tied a career-high with four three’s, while Vaughn also hit four treys. Freshman Dion Dixon and sophomore Alvin Mitchell each buried two triples apiece.
THE GROOVY 70’S
· With Cincinnati’s 79-49 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 22, Cincinnati surpassed the 70-point plateau in its fourth straight game and for the ninth time this season. UC was 9-0 in those contests.
· Providence ended UC’s nine-game streak with an 87-79 win on Jan. 7
· UC is 17-9 in head coach Mick Cronin’s two-plus seasons behind the bench when scoring 70 or more points.
· Last season, the Bearcats surpassed 70 points seven times in 32 contests.
FINDING MORE DEPTH
· In 2007-08, the Cincinnati Bearcats relied on their starting five to generate 72.4 percent of the offense (46.8 points per game).
· This season the tide has swung as UC’s bench is scoring 28.7 points per game or 40.3 percent of the points. The bench has been outscored four times this season, including 29-18 vs. Providence, and the Bearcats are 1-3 in those games.
· Against Charleston Southern on Dec. 15, Cincinnati’s bench scored 55 points to equal the Buccaneer scoring total in the game. The last time Cincinnati’s bench scored 50-plus points in a game was on Dec. 30, 2003 in a 102-63 win over Elon, posting 50 points.
· The Bearcats’ bench has combined to score 20 or more points in 11 of 15 games this season.
· The Bearcats have four players averaging four points or more off the bench, led by the team’s fifth-leading scorer Alvin Mitchell (7.5 ppg).
· Steve Toyloy, the team’s third-leading rebounder is averaging 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 16.5 minutes a game. He posted season-highs for points (14) and rebounds (9) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff off the bench.
· Cincinnati has eight players averaging 15 or more minutes per game.
NOT TOYLOY-ING AROUND
· After scoring two points in Cincinnati’s four games prior to the Crosstown Shootout vs. Xavier (Dec. 13), Steve Toyloy reasserted himself as a scoring threat vs. the Musketeers, hitting on 5-of-7 shots and equalling his previous season-high with 11 points.
· Toyloy came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points and grab a career-best nine rebounds vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Dec. 22).
· Toyloy is one of the Bearcats top guys off the bench, posting 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds a game.
· His .609 shooting percentage (28-of-46) is second on the team.
· Toyloy posted five or more rebounds in six of UC’s 15 games.
· In his sixth year as a Division I head coach, Mick Cronin reached his 100th career victory with a 74-55 victory over Charleston Southern on Dec. 15.
· Cronin has compiled a 103-65 (.613) record over stints at Murray State (2003-06) and Cincinnati (2006-pres.).
· Following is a list of Cronin’s milestone wins:
Win Opponent (School) Score Date
1 vs. Wagner (MSU) 92-68 Nov. 22, 2003
25 vs. Eastern Illinois (MSU) 81-51 Feb. 28, 2004
50 at Jacksonville State (MSU) 91-72 Dec. 19, 2005
75 vs. Temple (UC) 80-71 Dec. 9, 2006
100 vs. Charleston Southern (UC) 74-55 Dec. 15, 2008
NO. 5 SLIDES INTO NO. 5 SLOT
· Junior guard Deonta Vaughn made five 3-pointers vs. Xavier on Dec. 13 in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout and moved into fifth-place on the career 3-pointer list ahead of former UC standout Damon Flint (1993-97).
· Vaughn has sank 197-of-574 (.343) 3-point field goal attempts in 77 career games, while Flint was 177-of-593 (.298) over his four-year career.
· Vaughn is 61 treys behind Steve Logan (1998-2002) for fourth place and needs three more to be just the fifth Bearcat to reach the 200 3-point plateau.
· Darnell Burton is the all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 306.
Rk. Player Seasons 3-pointers
1. Darnell Burton 1993-97 306
2. Field Williams 2000-04 262
3. LaZelle Durden 1992-95 260
4. Steve Logan 1998-02 258
5. Deonta Vaughn 2006-pres. 197
MITCHELL MAKES ADJUSTMENTS
· After scoring 33 points per game as a senior at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., sophomore guard Alvin Mitchell found the transition to college basketball difficult last season as he averaged 2.8 points and shot 26.3 percent from the floor.
· After spending a lot of time in the gym during the offseason, Mitchell has found his shooting touch once again and is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.5 points per game in 18.8 minutes per game off the bench.
· Against Charleston Southern, Mitchell put his all-around game on display with 16 points, a career-high nine rebounds and a career-best six assists.
· It took Mitchell just seven games this season to eclipse his 2007-08 season points total (62), and he has scored 109 points this season.
· Against Texas Southern (Nov. 18) and Western Illinois (Nov. 24), Mitchell led the team in scoring each night, improving on his career-high for points with 15 vs. TSU and 19 vs. WIU. In each game, Mitchell knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers.
· Mitchell’s 3-point shooting played a big part in the Bearcats win at UNLV. With the Bearcats trailing by two, 59-57, and 3:13 left in the game, Mitchell hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put UC up by four, a lead it did not relinquish.
· Mitchell missed most the Eastern Kentucky game on Dec. 20 suffering from a stomach ailment.
GETTING RIGHT TO BUSINESS
· With the departure of five veteran players from last year’s squad that accounted for 33.6 points per game, Cronin needed to find scoring in the off-season and his Class of 2008-09 has not disappointed.
· Despite the loss of highly-touted point guard Cashmere Wright for the season, the four new faces, which includes freshmen Dion Dixon and Yancy Gates, senior transfer Mike Williams, and junior college transfer Steve Toyloy, are averaging 29.8 points a game.
· More impressively, the group is averaging 19.9 rebounds per game — almost half of the team’s nightly average (47.6 percent).
A LONG ROAD BACK
· Senior forward Mike Williams has battled and persevered during his basketball career since first stepping foot on a college campus at the University of Texas in 2004-05.
· A highly-recruited McDonald’s All-American, Williams spent two seasons at Texas (2004-06) where he played in 58 games and averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds a game. He helped the Longhorns to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2005-06.
· After his sophomore season at Texas, Williams decided to transfer to the University of Cincinnati to join Mick Cronin who had just taken over as head coach at his alma mater.
· After sitting out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Williams was set to join the Bearcats for the 2007-08 season, but was lost for the year during preseason workouts when he ruptured an Achilles tendon.
· After missing last year, Williams made his Bearcats debut during UC’s exhibition games and on Nov. 16, 2008 vs. South Dakota — a span of 973 days — played in his first regular-season game at Cincinnati. Williams scored eight points and pulled down nine rebounds vs. the Coyotes.
· Williams has made a dramatic impact on the team this season, averaging 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes of work.
· His 20 points vs. Providence on 8-of-14 shooting set a new career high for points for Williams.
· With 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, Williams notched his third double-double of the season against Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 20).
· He netted 17 points vs. UAB (Dec. 6), knocking down 11-of-14 free throws.
· His 78.6 percent (44-of-56) free throw percentage ranks second on the team. He has been Mr. Clutch at the line in the last three minutes of close contests (10 points or less), knocking down 14-of-18 free throws (.778).
BEARCATS JOIN FIELD FOR 2009 MAUI INVITATIONAL
· The EA Sports Maui Invitational announced last month that the University of Cincinnati will replace Louisville in the 2009 tournament field.
· The Bearcats join former national champions Arizona, Maryland, and Wisconsin along with Colorado, Gonzaga, Vanderbilt and host Chaminade University of Honolulu.
· The invitational, which turns 26-years old next season, will take place Thanksgiving Week 2009 in the Lahaina Civic Center.
· It will be Cincinnati’s first appearance in the Maui Invitational.
VAUGHN A COUSY AWARD NOMINEE
· Junior guard Deonta Vaughn has been named one of 35 Division I nominees for the Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford.
· The award is given annually to the top collegiate male point guard spanning across all divisions within the game by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
· The selection criteria emphasize leadership, team work, success, and fundamentals as being critical parts for the game of basketball as a point guard.
· Nominations are solicited from across the country from head coaches and the winner is selected by a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee.
· Vaughn joins fellow BIG EAST Conference nominees: Edgar Sosa (Louisville), Jonny Flynn (Syracuse), Levance Fields (Pittsburgh), Malik Boothe (St. John’s), and Scottie Reynolds (Villanova).
WRIGHT OUT FOR SEASON
· For the second year in a row, the University of Cincinnati will go the season minus one of its top players as highly-touted freshman point guard Cashmere Wright suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during preseason practices.
· Wright underwent surgery to repair his ACL and will miss the season as he goes through rehabilitation over the next 6-8 months.
· Wright, a 6-0, 175-pound native of Savannah, Ga., was a highly-regarded high school prospect who was listed as one of the nation’s Top 100 players by many of the national recruiting services and was listed as the No. 12 point guard in 2007-08 by Rivals.com.
BEARCATS INK ONE IN EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
· Sean Kilpatrick, a native of White Plains, N.Y., signed a national letter of intent during the first week of the early signing period to play for UC next year.
· Kilpatrick, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward was a three-time all-league and all-section selection at White Plains Senior High School and was the school’s second-leading scorer. He averaged 25.6 ppg as a senior.
· He is is playing for Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., this season and averaged 23.0 ppg in his first five games.
· Junior guard Deonta Vaughn became the 45th player in UC basketball history to reach 1,000 points for his career when he scored 12 points in the season opener vs. South Dakota on Nov. 16.
· Vaughn equaled Jim Ard (1968-70) as the sixth-fastest player to reach the 1000-point plateau, doing it in 63 games.
· As remarkable as it was, Bearcat great Oscar Robertson scored his first 1,000 points in his first 29 games (first game of second season), averaging over 30 points a night.
· Following is a list of the 10 fastest players to 1,000 career points in UC history.
Rk. Player Seasons Gms to 1000
1. Oscar Robertson (3) 1958-60 29
2. Lloyd Batts (3) 1972-74 52
3. Ron Bohnam (3) 1962-64 58
4. Danny Fortson (3) 1995-97 59
Derrek Dickey (3) 1971-73 59
5. Herb Jones (2) 1991-92 61
6. Jim Ard (3) 1968-70 63
Deonta Vaughn (2) 2007- 63
8. Jack Twyman (4) 1952-55 66
9. Rick Roberson (3) 1967-69 66
10. Paul Hogue (3) 1960-62 68
Jim Holstein (3) 1950-52 68
RETURN TO POSTSEASON
· Cincinnati played in the postseason for the first time in two years as it took on Bradley University of the Missouri Valley Conference in the inaugural, 16-team College Basketball Invitational (CBI) last spring.
· UC’s last postseason appearance before the CBI came during the 2005-06 season when the Bearcats played in the National Invitational Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals.
· It was the Bearcats 34th postseason tournament appearance. UC has made 24 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and nine in the NIT.
A “BIG” EAST IMPROVEMENT
· Last season, the Bearcats made a six-win improvement in conference wins, going from two victories in 2006-07 to eight in 2007-08.
· The eight wins equal UC’s inaugural BIG EAST season when it went 8-8 in the old 16-game format.
· The Bearcats’ six-win improvement is tied for the ninth-largest single-season turnaround in BIG EAST history with six other teams.