Posted on: February 28, 2009 5:20 pm

Cincinnati Bearcats Game Preview

Cincinnati Bearcats 18-10 (8-7 BE)


Cincinnati Starting Lineup:

G Deonta Vaughn Jr.

G Larry Davis Soph.

F Rashad Bishop Soph.

F Alvin Mitchell Soph.

F Mike Williams Jr.


Key Bench Players:

F Yancy Gates Fr.

G Dion Dixon Fr.

F Darnell Wilks Soph.

C Steve Toyloy Fr.


Previous Game: Cincy kept its Big Dance hopes alive beating West Virginia at home 65 to 61.  It was Bob Huggins' home coming as he returned to the Bearcat nation where he coached for 13 seasons.  Yancy Gates carried the 'Cats with 22 points (career high) and 11 rebounds, the freshman shot 9-11 from the field.


Game Preview: Cincinnati is smack dab on the bubble, they really need a big win against a good Syracuse team on the road.  Syracuse on the other hand has all but locked up their tourney bid, a win against Cincy would probably do the trick.  This game is going to be decided by Point Guard play.  Flynn v. Vaughn, that should be a great matchup to watch as those two will be no doubt going back and forth with one another all game.  If Syracuse can contain Vaughn and not allow him to create for others they have a great chance for the win.  Besides Vaughn, Gates is an unherelded freshman in the Big East, Onuaku should have no problem with him down low though.  A key for Cincinnati is rather Mike Williams will be able to suit up.  He could seriously help them against Syracuse as he is Cincy's 3rd leading scorer and 2nd leading rebounder.  For Syracuse 2 guys have become consistent leaders in Eric Devendorf and Jonny Flynn with a 3rd in Kristof Ongenaut emerging.  Devendorf has hit some huge shots down the stretch of games this season and Jonny has been a stronghold all season, KO has come on very strong as of late, as the postseason nears they need to cut down on turnovers and the other 4 main guys need to get into postseason play mode.  Devo and Jonny appear to be ready along with lone SR. Kristof Ongenaut.  Over the final 3 regular season games Cuse fans should look to see improvement in Rautins, Onuaku, Jackson and Harris as they will be very key in the dance. 


My Prediction: Next season Cincinati could finish in the top 4 of the Big East.  Right now they are too young and not deep enough to get in the big dance.  Syracuse will lock up their NCAA bid and start to show they are in postseason form.  Cuse wins it 83-70.



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