Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cincy Preview

Foe: Cincinnati Bearcats (14-7)(4-4)

Recent History: Villanova and Cincinnati have met only four times, and Villanova holds a 3-1 edge. The only loss came last season, 69-66, at Cincinnati. Villanova was led by Scottie Reynolds' 2007-2008 season-high 32 points. Corey Fisher had a chance to tie the game with 6 seconds left, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Cincinnati was led by Deonta Vaughn's 25 points, and he is the player to focus on this year as well. Vaughn leads the team in scoring (15.6) and assists (4.8). Mike Williams and Yancy Gates both average 10 points a game.

Best Win: 65-57 vs. #23 Georgetown

Worst Loss: Twice to Providence (87-79, 72-63)

Famous Alumni: Sandy Koufax, Kenyon Martin, Jason Maxiell, Oscar Robertson, Nick Van Exel, Kevin Youkilis

Fun Facts:
  • Cincinnati moved from Conference-USA to the Big East in 2005.
  • Nickname Bearcats originates from former football player Teddy Baehr.
  • Won back-to-back national championships in 1961 and 1962, both against in-state rival Ohio State.

Complimentary Youtube Video: Mr. Triple Double...

Final Verdict: Villanova should have plenty confidence after the win over Pitt, but Cincy is off to a somewhat surprising 4-4 start in the Big East and can't be taken too lightly. I don't think there will be a letdown following the Pitt game because these Wildcats will be looking for the loss last season. Also the game is at the Pavilion where Nova has been dominant (24 game win streak).

TV: ESPN Full Court

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