Cincinnati to Play in Quarterfinals of BIG EAST Championship
UC head coach Mick Cronin

2012 BIG EAST Championship Bracket

GameTracker Statistics

Cincinnati Game Notes

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team will play Thursday, March 8, in the quarterfinals of the 30th annual BIG EAST Championship after earning the double-bye Saturday. The contest will be televised by ESPN at approximately 2 p.m. ET and can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.

The fourth-seeded Bearcats (22-9, 12-6 BIG EAST) will wait to play the victor of  fifth-seed Georgetown's contest against either No. 13 seed Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 seed St. John's. The Panthers and Red Storm play at approximately 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday in first-round action with the winner battling the Hoyas at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday in second-round play.  

UC's double-bye selection is its first since joining the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005-06 season. UC's previous best seed was No. 7 in last season's BIG EAST Championship. The Bearcats finished the 2012 league schedule with its most conference wins in school history at 12. UC enters the tournament having won five of their past six games, including Saturday's 72-68 win at Villanova.

The Bearcats are 3-5 all-time in the BIG EAST Championship, advancing to the quarterfinal round each of the past two seasons.

Cincinnati's History at the BIG EAST Championship

Yearly Results

First round: [No. 9] Syracuse 74, [No. 8] Cincinnati 73

Did not qualify for tournament

First round: [No. 7] Pittsburgh 70, [No. 10] Cincinnati 64

First round: [No. 16] DePaul 67, [No. 9] Cincinnati 57

First round: [No. 11] Cincinnati 69, [No. 14] Rutgers 68
Second round: [No. 11] Cincinnati 69, [No. 6] Louisville 66
Quarterfinals: [No. 3] West Virginia 54, [No. 11] Cincinnati 51

First round: Bye
Second round: [No. 7] Cincinnati 87, [No. 15] USF 61
Quarterfinals: [No. 2] Notre Dame 89, [No. 7] Cincinnati 51

Record by Round
First round: 1-3
Second round: 2-0
Quarterfinals: 0-2

Record by Seed
No. 7 seed: 1-1
No. 9 seed: 0-1
No. 10 seed: 0-1
No. 11 seed: 2-1