Men's Basketball Opens Exhibition Season with Carleton University|
Nov. 1, 2008
BEARCATS OPEN 2008-09 EXHIBITION SEASON WITH CANADIAN POWER CARLETON UNIVERSITY The University of Cincinnati basketball team opens up the 2008-09 campaign with an exhibition game vs. Carleton University Saturday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. Audio and video of the game will be available to fans via the internet at www.GoBEARCATS.com. UC is coming off a 2007-08 season in which it quadrupled its BIG EAST win total from two to eight and made its first postseason tournament under head coach Mick Cronin. The Bearcats will be taking on one of Canada's perennial powers Carleton University. The Ravens have won eight straight Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East titles, four (2003-2005 & 2008) OUA Championships, and made it to five straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport "Final 8" Men's National Championships under head coach Dave Smart.
THE SERIES This will be the first meeting between the two schools. Cincinnati has played one Canadian school during the regular season -- the University of Toronto. The Bearcats knocked off the Varsity Blues, 73-37, in 1946 in a game played at Music Hall.
THE COACH Mick Cronin is beginning his third season at Cincinnati after becoming the program's 26th head coach in March of 2006. Since that time Cronin has rebuilt has rebuilt UC and last season the program quadrupled its BIG EAST Conference win total and made its first postseason appearance under his direction, making the inaugural College Basketball Invitational. Cronin owns a 93-62 record in his five seasons as a head coach, including a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championship seasons in 2003-04 and 2005-06 at Murray State. He is 24-38 at Cincinnati.
- Junior guard Deonta Vaughn needs 12 points to become the 45th player in UC basketball history to reach 1,000 points for his career.
- The Bearcats return 51.3 percent of its scoring from last season, including their top scorer Vaughn, who averaged 17.3 points per game.
- Last season, Vaughn, who finished in the Top 10 in the BIG EAST in scoring, assists, free-throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and 3-pointers made, joined Eric Hicks (2006) as the only two UC basketball players to be named first-team all-BIG EAST since Cincinnati joined the league in 2005-06.
- The Bearcats current class of newcomers, which included Top 100 prospects Yancy Gates and Cashmere Wright, was ranked 18th in the nation by Rivals.com. Head coach Mick Cronin was named the BIG EAST's top recruiter by the Sporting News.
- Cincinnati lost freshman point guard Cashmere Wright for the season after he tore the ACL in his left knee during preseason workouts. He will be out 6-8 months.