Bearcat Invited to the "Big Dance"

The Cincinnati Bearcats have been invited to the "Big Dance" with an opening assignment against the Iowa Hawkeye's. Let's look at this match-up along with what might come in round two if the Bearcats advance.

Coming off an early exit in the Conference USA Tournament, the Cincinnati Bearcats face off against Steve Alford's Iowa Hawkeyes in first round play of the NCAA Tournament.

The Hawkeyes enter the tournament with a 21-11 record and have played well during the later parts the season.

Both teams played in conference tournaments and posted different results. Iowa entered the Big Ten Tournament with a three-game winning streak. With wins over Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan in overtime the Hawkeyes needed a nice run in the tournament to secure a spot in the "Big Dance".

In the Big Ten tournament they defeated a struggling Purdue team along with a tournament bound Michigan State team before being knocked out by tournament bound Wisconsin 59-56. The Hawkeyes will come into their opening round game feeling they have a team that can defeat the Bearcats.

The Bearcats and Hawkeyes share one common opponent in Louisville. The Cardinals defeat the Bearcats both times in Conference USA play and were defeated early in the season by Iowa 76-71 in the Maui Invitational.

Other top wins for the Hawkeyes were Texas and Texas Tech during the regular season. In Big Ten play the Hawkeyes finished in seventh place with a 7-9 record. While Iowa will be a tough game for the Bearcats, many experts are questioning Iowa being in the tournament.

While Iowa was playing well in their conference tournament, the Bearcats exited so fast, they never got a chance to unpack their bags at the hotel.

Coming into the Conference USA Tournament, the Bearcats had been playing some great basketball wining six in a row. But their performance against South Florida have many questioning how well they will play against the Hawkeyes.

You will be able to catch the Bearcats battle the Hawkeyes on CBS Thursday March 17th. The time of the contest had yet to be determined at the time of this writing. And if the Bearcats beat Iowa...... A dream match-up against the Kentucky Wildcats could be next.

Just think of the smack between the Wildcats and Bearcats for a two day period. It could happen.......


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