Cincinnati Faces Florida State for Sweet 16 Berth
Junior JaQuon Parker

March 17, 2012

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Cincinnati Faces Florida State for Sweet 16 Berth

Sixth-seeded Cincinnati (25-10) battles third-seeded Florida State (25-9) in NCAA Championship third-round action Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The game tips at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET and will be televised by TBS. It is also available on 700 WLW-AM.

The Bearcats fought off a second-half rally from Texas to post a 65-59 second-round win on Friday. Yancy Gates led the Bearcats with 15 points and 10 rebounds in registering his 10th double-double of the season. Jaquon Parker added 13 points and six rebounds. Dion Dixon contributed 12 points while Cashmere Wright had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The victory gave the Bearcats 25 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2004 and 2005.

Florida State advanced to the third round after holding off St. Bonaventure 66-63. Bernard James led the Seminoles with 19 points and nine rebounds. Luke Loucks added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Former members of the Metro Conference, Florida State leads Cincinnati 22-15 in the all-time series. The teams haven't met since the Seminoles won a netural-site meeting 58-47 on Nov. 28, 2008. UC and FSU have not met in the NCAA Championship.

Series History: 38th meeting; Florida State leads 22-15 overall; FSU leads 4-2 at neutral sites and 12-3 in Tallahassee. UC leads 10-6 in Cincinnati; STREAK - Florida State won the last meeting.

Last Meeting:
Florida State won 58-47 on Nov. 28, 2008 (neutral site).

UC's NCAA Championship History:
26th tournament appearance; UC is 42-24 all-time in the NCAA Championship en route to winning two national titles (1961 and 1962), making eight regional finals and six final fours. The 2011-12 campaign marks the 50th anniversary of UC's 1962 national title team and the 20th anniversary of the Bearcats' run to the 1992 Final Four.

Last NCAA Appearance:
Cincinnati was seeded sixth in the West region of last year's tournament and defeated Missouri 78-63 in the second round before falling to Connecticut 69-58 in the third round. Both games were played in Washington, D.C.

Last Game in the NCAA Championship:
UC defeated Texas 65-59 in second-round action of the NCAA Championship on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn.

Mick Cronin is in his sixth season at Cincinnati (112-87); ninth season overall (181-111).
Cronin is 2-3 in the NCAA Championship (0-2 at Murray State and 2-1 at Cincinnati).
Leonard Hamilton is in his 11th season at Florida State (179-126); 24th season overall (379-336).
Hamilton is 6-6 in the NCAA Championship (3-3 at Miami and 3-3 at Florida State).

Florida State is ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll and 12th the USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls for March 12. UC is not ranked ranked in either poll.

700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock. Brant Douglas engineers.

: TBS; Announcers include Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel and Lewis Johnson.

UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

-The Bearcats' No. 6 seed in the East region is their highest in the NCAA Championship since earning a No. 4 seed in the Atlanta Region in the 2004 tournament.

-Cincinnati is one of only five programs in the nation to play in three consecutive NCAA national title games (1961-63), joining Ohio State (1960-62), UCLA (1967-73), Duke (1990-92) and Kentucky (1996-98).  The Bearcats won the crown in 1961 and 1962 and were second in 1963.

-UC head coach Mick Cronin has rebuilt the Cincinnati program during his six-year tenure, increasing the win total in each of his first five seasons (11 in 2006-07, 13 in 2007-08, 18 in 2008-09, 19 in 2009-10 and 26 in 2010-11).

-Cincinnati set the school record for BIG EAST Conference wins (12) and the best finish (tied for fourth) this season. UC was 12-6  in the league to tie Georgetown and USF.

-Since starting the 2011-12 season at 5-3, the Bearcats have won 20 of their last 27 contests.

-A win Sunday against Florida State would send Cincinnati to its first regional semifinal since the 2001 season when the Bearcats advanced to the West region's Sweet 16.