MEN'S BASKETBALL WELCOMES TEXAS SOUTHERN TO FIFTH THIRD|
Nov. 18, 2008
GAME 2: Texas Southern AT CINCINNATI
Tuesday, Nov. 18 u 7:30 p.m. EST u Fifth Third Arena (13,176) u Cincinnati, Ohio
· After a season opening 77-46 win over South Dakota two nights ago, the Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) host Texas Southern University (0-1, 0-0 SWAC), who dropped its first game of the year at Texas-El Paso, 69-63, Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Fifth Third Arena. The game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m., airs on Fox Sports Ohio.
· Freshman forward and Cincinnati, Ohio native Yancy Gates keyed the Bearcats season-opening win over South Dakota posting a 16-point, 11-rebound performance in his collegiate debut.
· First-team all-BIG EAST guard Deonta Vaughn added 12 points of his own vs. USD and became the 45th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
· UC’s 31-point margin of victory over the Coyotes equaled the largest by a Mick Cronin coached Cincinnati team.
· Texas Southern senior forward Michael Drewy was the Tigers top scorer and rebounder in their opener vs. Texas-El Paso, dropping in 15 points and gathering in 15 rebounds.
· This will be just the second meeting between the two schools. UC won the first game on Dec. 1, 1992, 87-44, as UC great Nick Van Excel poured in a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
SEASON OPENER VS. SOUTH DAKOTA
· The Cincinnati Bearcats improved to 88-20 in season openers after knocking off South Dakota, 77-46.
· Freshman forward Yancy Gates, a native of Cincinnati, made quite an impression in his collegiate debut, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
· Junior guard Deonta Vaughn scored 12 points in the game to give him 1,000 for his career. He is the 45th player in UC history to post 1,000 career points and the sixth-fastest doing it in 63 games. Vaughn scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.
· Senior forward Mike Williams, making his first start as a Bearcat after two years, posted eight points, nine rebounds and a pair of assists.
· Despite playing just nine minutes, UC big man Anthony McClain tossed in eight points and made four rebounds.
· The Bearcats 31-point margin of victory ties for the largest in Mick Cronin’s tenure at UC, equaling a 70-39 win over Howard in his coaching debut on Nov. 10, 2005.
· UC out rebounded the Coyotes 48-29, posting their most rebounds gathering 52 at Rutgers on Feb. 9 of last season in a 72-68 overtime win.
· The six UC turnovers were their fewest since committing just six vs. USF on Feb. 20 of last year.
ABOUT TEXAS SOUTHERN
· The Tigers posted a 7-25 record in 2007-08 and finished in a three-way tie for eighth place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
· This is the first season for TSU head coach Tony Harvey. Harvey took over the job last spring after being an assistant at Missouri where he helped the Tigers to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
· Texas Southern opened up its 2008-09 season on Nov. 14 with a 69-63 loss at Texas El-Paso.
· Senior forward Michael Drewy and junior forward Ricky Boyles each had an impressive games for TSU in its opener vs. UTEP as they both posted double-doubles. Drewy led the Tigers with 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Boyles added 10 points and 13 boards.
· The 2008-09 season is Cincinnati’s 108th year of basketball competition. The school has compiled a 1,544-906 record for a .630 percentage since its first season in 1901-02.
· Junior guard Deonta Vaughn became the 45th player in UC basketball history to reach 1,000 points for his career when he scored 12 points in the season opener vs. South Dakota on Nov. 16.
· Vaughn equaled Jim Ard (1968-70) as the sixth-fastest player to reach the 1000-point plateau, doing it in 63 games.
· As remarkable as it would be, Bearcat great Oscar Robertson scored his first 1,000 points in his first 29 games (first game of second season), averaging over 30 points a night.
· Following is a list of the 10 fastest players to 1,000 career points in UC history.
BISHOP ... TAKES QUEEN (CITY)
· Sophomore forward/guard Rashad Bishop quickly became one of the Bearcats’ top all-around newcomers in 2007-08 and he did not disappoint in his 2008-09 debut. The New Jersey native scored six points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out a game-high five assists vs. South Dakota.
· With the loss of freshman Cashmere Wright for the season, Bishop will need to continue to flash his all-around skills as he will be looked upon to help bring the ball up the floor in the Bearcats running style of play.
· Last year, Bishop appeared in all 32 games and started 20 times. He scored in double digits six times, including an 11-point outburst in the Bearcats’ upset of nationally ranked Pittsburgh.
· He added 11 points and five rebounds in his first BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden, playing 39 minutes.
RETURN TO POSTSEASON
· Cincinnati played in the postseason for the first time in two years as it took on Bradley University of the Missouri Valley Conference in the inaugural, 16-team College Basketball Invitational (CBI) last spring.
· UC’s last postseason appearance before the CBI came during the 2005-06 season when the Bearcats played in the National Invitational Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals.
· It was the Bearcats 34th postseason tournament appearance. UC has made 24 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and nine in the NIT.
· Junior guard Deonta Vaughn finished last season with 554 points and was the 32nd player in Cincinnati history to record 500 points or more in a season.
· The top three single seasons in the program’s history belong to College Basketball’s Player of the Century, Oscar Robertson, who scored over 900 points in three straight seasons (1957-60).
A “BIG” EAST IMPROVEMENT
· Last season, the Bearcats made a six-win improvement in conference wins, going from two victories in 2006-07 to eight in 2007-08.
· The eight wins equal UC’s inaugural BIG EAST season when it went 8-8 in the old 16-game format.
· The Bearcats’ six-win improvement is tied for the ninth-largest single-season turnaround in BIG EAST history with six other teams.
PLAY DEFENSE AND REBOUND
· UC basketball has built its success over the last 20 years on two core values ... defense and rebounding. Head coach Mick Cronin learned it as an assistant at UC and those same values hold true.
· The Bearcats posted a record of 8-1 when holding opponents to 60 points or less last season and 10-10 when winning the rebounding margin.
UC and FSN Ohio Television Agreement
· The 2008-09 season will mark the first of a multi-year agreement that will make Fox Sports Ohio (FS Ohio) the exclusive regional cable home of UC football and men’s and women’s basketball.
· UC programming in 2008-09 will include a minimum of 12 men’s basketball games; two women’s basketball games; preseason and postseason specials for football and basketball; season-long football and basketball coaches’ shows; plus an extensive schedule of BIG EAST football and basketball games.