UC Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule Announced|
Sept. 2, 2009
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati Director of Athletics Mike Thomas and men's basketball coach Mick Cronin announced its 2009-10 men's basketball non-conference schedule today, which includes the school's first trip to the Maui Invitational and the renewal of the long-time series vs. Miami University.
"We have put together a balanced and challenging non-conference schedule," said fourth-year head coach Mick Cronin. "This portion of the schedule, especially the Maui Invitational, will get our players ready for the night-in, night-out battles we will face during BIG EAST Conference action. I look forward to seeing the Bearcats' faithful showing up in numbers in Maui to help express how much UC is looking forward to our first appearance in the tournament. This is an elite tournament where only the best programs get to compete."
In total, the Bearcats face 12 regular-season non-conference opponents, opening the year in Fifth Third Arena vs. Prairie View A&M and the University of Toledo on Nov. 16 and 18, respectively.
Following the short two-game home stand UC heads across the Pacific Ocean to take part in one of college basketball's premier regular-season tournaments, the EA Sports Maui Invitational. In the tournament opener Cincinnati will take on Vanderbilt University on Nov. 23 before playing either Maryland or tournament host Chaminade in the second round on Nov. 24. UC wraps up the tournament on Nov. 25 where they will face Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, or Gonzaga from the other side of the bracket.
The Bearcats return home to Cincinnati on Dec. 1 to face Texas Southern, before renewing its rivalry with Miami University after a one year hiatus. This year's contest, which is a UC home game, will be played at U.S. Bank Arena on Dec. 10 and seen nationally on ESPN2. The Bearcats will travel to Oxford in 2010-11 before completing the three-game contract at Cincinnati in 2011-12.
"I am also happy we were able to work with Miami and Charlie Coles, one of my favorite people and one of the best in the game, to get Miami back on our schedule," said Cronin. "This is a local rivalry many people across the Tri-state area get excited for and I look forward to playing the RedHawks over the next three years."
Three days after the Miami game on Dec. 13 the Bearcats travel across town to Xavier University for the annual Crosstown Shootout before playing its last non-conference road game at UAB on Dec. 16.
Cincinnati ends 2009 with a three-game homestand vs. Lipscomb University (Dec. 19), Winthrop University (Dec. 22), and California State University Bakersfield (date to be determined following the release of the BIG EAST schedule).
The exhibition and BIG EAST portions of the schedule will be announced later in September.
Fans wishing to travel to the Bearcats' first appearance in the Maui Invitational can purchase ground packages, including game tickets, from Provident Travel, UC's travel partner, by calling (513) 763-3080.