March 19, 2011
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The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team will take on a familiar foe in the third round of the NCAA Championship. The Bearcats, seeded sixth in the West Region will battle third-seeded Connecticut on Saturday, March 19, at approximately 9:40 p.m. in the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Cincinnati is making its first NCAA Championship
appearance since 2005, and won its opening game of the
NCAA Championship for the third consecutive time (2004,
The win over Missouri came six years to the day since the
Bearcats' last tournament win, a 76-64 victory against
Iowa on March 17, 2005.
Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin won his first NCAA
tournament game in three tries (1-2). Cronin lost firstround
games in 2004 and 2006 as the head coach at Murray
UC is 14-0 against non-BIG EAST teams this season.
UC's 26th win marks the most for the program since the
2001-02 season, in which the Bearcats finished 31-4.
Cincinnati improved to 25-0 this season when leading at
halftime. The Bearcats led 39-28 at halftime.
Cincinnati junior Yancy Gates recorded an 18-point,
11-rebound double-double, his seventh double-double of
the season and 14th of his career. Gates made both of his
three-point attempts, a new career high, after making just
three career three-pointers his previous 99 games.