What To Expect In 2001
It Starts At The Top
The University of Cincinnati?s success starts at the top in head coach Reed Sunahara and his staff of assistant coaches Darrell McLean and Stephanie Meinig. The trio bring a wealth of coaching and playing experiences and numerous accolades. Between them, they have experienced six NCAA titles and 23 NCAA appearances in addition to a multitude of national, regional and conference honors.
UC will attempt to earn its third consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament thanks to four returning starters and nine letterwinners instrumental in the team?s 24-10 finish in 2000. Conference USA, one of the preeminent league?s in the country, has sent 17 teams to the NCAA tournament in its five years of existence.
The Bearcats will be pushing for an unprecedented seventh straight 20-win season in 2001. Cincinnati has posted 18 20-win seasons in the program?s 29 years of existence.
The Bearcats play a challenging non-conference schedule in addition to its rigorous Conference USA slate. Cincinnati will play three of last year?s Final Four teams, including defending national runner-up Wisconsin. Over the past six seasons, UC?s schedule has featured matchups with national powers such as Auburn, Florida, Long Beach State, Pacific and UCLA. This year?s schedule features 11 NCAA teams from a season ago and 15 contests against teams that won that won 20 or more matches in 2000.