Cincinnati Ready For Tulane

Tonight at 8 PM at the Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati is hoping to take another step towards finishing in the top four teams within the Conference USA-- an achievement that would guarantee them a first around bye in the C-USA tournament. Tulane is looking for a victory as well, but simply to even make the tournament. We have a preview of the game.

Tonight at 8:00 PM at the Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati will be playing a mediocre Tulane team with tournament seeding and pride being mostly the only returns on a victory.  The Bearcats can clinch a first-round bye in the Conference USA tournament with wins over Tulane and Memphis to close the season.

Meanwhile, the Green Wave needs a victory over Cincinnati just to keep in contention for a spot in the conference tournament, as they currently stand in 13th place with only the top 12 teams making the C-USA finale.

Tonight's game comes on the heels of the news that junior guard, Chadd Moore, will no longer be able to play basketball because of a bad back.  The injury leaves the Bearcats with three main guards in the rotation-- James White, Nick Williams, and Jihad Muhammad.

CINCINNATI (22-6, 10-4 C-USA) vs. TULANE (9-16, 3-11 C-USA)

Date: March 2nd, 2005

Time: 8:00 PM, Fifth Third Arena

Series: Cincinnati leads 20-13

Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 71-44 on January 7th, 2004 at Tulane


Cincinnati Probable Starters

Bob Huggins (16th year)


F Armein Kirkland, 6-8 Jr., 11.1 pts, 4.5 reb
F Eric Hicks, 6-6 Jr., 13.9 pts, 8.9 reb, 2.4 blk
F Jason Maxiell, 6-7 Sr.,.3 pts, 7.8 reb, 2.8 blk
G Nick Williams, 6-3 Sr., 8.7 pts
G James White, 6-7 Jr., 10.4 pts, 3.2 ast


Tulane Probable Starters

Shawn Finney (4th year)

F Kory Castine, 6-8 So., 2.2 pts, 2.6 reb
F Matt Wheaton, 6-5 Fr., 3.4 pts, 2.3 reb
F Quincy Davis, 6-9 Jr., 13.8 pts, 6.1 reb, 1.6 blk
G Taylor Rochestie, 6-1 Fr., 10.6 pts, 3.0 reb, 3.5 ast
G Marcus Kinzer, 5-10 Sr., 10.3 pts, 3.9 reb, 4.4 ast


Cincinnati enters the match-up against Tulane with a significant size advantage against the Green Wave.  Aside from the fact Tulane's guards are 5-10 and 6-1 respectively against Cincinnati's 6-3 (Nick Williams) and 6-7 (James White), the Bearcats boast a front line that collectively averages nearly 30 rebounds and six blocked shots a game.


The Green Wave's front line, however, averages just barely 10 rebounds a game together.  Currently, Cincinnati is third nationally in blocked shots a game, averaging 7.1 per contest.


In order to compete, Tulane will need freshman guard Taylor Rochestie to at least match his 10.6 points a game, especially hitting from the outside, where Tulane has often struggled.  The Bearcats continue to lead the conference in field goal percentage defense, something that doesn't bode well for Tulane.




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