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NCAA Tourney update: UC's Tournament Run Ends

March 23, 2012

Bearcats bounced by Ohio State

UC made a second-half run and even took the lead after falling behind Ohio State by a dozen points at halftime, but they failed to hold off the Buckeyes when shooting went cold late. The Bearcats lost 81-66.

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March 21, 2012

Are you headed to Boston for the Sweet 16? UC takes on Ohio State Thursday, March 22.

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March 19, 2012

Next up: Ohio State in Boston

by John Bach

The UC Bearcats are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time in more than a decade after beating Florida Sate 62-56. UC outlasted the No. 3 seed Seminoles in Sunday night's late game that saw 19 lead changes and 11 ties.

The Bearcats surged ahead in the closing minutes on the quick hands of senior Dion Dixon who thieved a back-court pass to finish with his third monstrous dunk of the game. Though outsized by Florida State, UC relied on the quickness of its four-guard set to keep pace and win an extremely physical matchup.

Next up, the sixth-seeded Bearcats will face Ohio State, a No. 2 seed, in Boston Thursday, March 22. It will be just the second time the two Ohio squads have faced off since UC beat the Buckeyes a half century ago in 1961 and 1962 for back-to-back national championships.

Ohio, also represented by Xavier and Ohio University, is sending four teams to the Sweet 16 in the same year, a first for any state.

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March 16, 2012

UC survives vs. Longhorns

Though Mick Cronin's Bearcats led by as much as 19 points early in their game against No. 11 seeded Texas, the Longhorns tied it at 52 with less than 4 minutes to play. Still, UC hung on to finish their opening session off with a 65-59 win in Nashville. Next up, the Bearcats play the winner of Friday's matchup between Florida State and St. Bonaventure on Sunday.

The Bearcats were led by Yancy Gates who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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UC sells out ticket allotment for Friday

If you don't have tickets by now, things aren't looking great for seeing the Bearcats play Texas in person in Nashville Friday. UC has sold out of its allotment of tickets.

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Join the Bearcat party in Nashville

For those who are in Nashville or heading there for the game, register to join fellow UC alumni at the Breakfast with the Bearcats event Friday, March 16, along with the post-game reception.

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March 14, 2012

A Cincy-style send-off

by John Bach

UC fans poured onto Victory Plaza in front of the Richard E. Lindner Athletics Center March 14 to see the University of Cincinnati Bearcats onto the team bus headed to Nashville.

Cincinnati, 24-10 on the season, drew a No. 6 seed, and meets 11th-seeded Texas in NCAA Championship second-round action Friday, March 16, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Before the team boarded the bus, Coach Mick Cronin thanked the fans for coming out and shared his thoughts:

"Before we left practice today, we went over and we looked at the banners. They said, 'Coach there are a lot of banners.' I said, 'No, the two big ones. They say national championship.' That's why we are getting on that bus. Now, we've got to win the first game Friday. That's our focus. But I'm a big believer that you've got to believe you can win the whole thing if you are going to play in the tournament. These guys believe in themselves."

Friday's game tips at 12:15 p.m. and will be televised on CBS. It is also available on 700 WLW-AM, Sirius channel 85 and XM channel 190.

The Bearcats are making their 26th NCAA Championship appearance overall and 16th in the past 21 years. UC is coming off a second-place finish at the Big East Championship where it defeated nationally ranked Georgetown in two overtimes, then Syracuse before falling to Louisville. It marked UC’s first appearance in the conference tournament title game.

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Details for March 16 Game Watch party at Dave and Busters

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