Well the day everyone has been waiting for is here. UK/UC who could have ever thought the two teams would be meeting this season?
Cats vs. Cats are the talk of the town. With Coach Bob Huggins looking for win number 400, and the Bearcats looking to make it past the second round of the tournament, this is a big day. What many are calling a "Cat Fight" has national talk radio ablaze with talk about this game.
Cincinnati vs. Kentucky
Radio: 700 WLW
Game Time: 8:30 p.m.
Where: RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana
Series: 26-11 Kentucky leads
Official Press Release UC: Cincinnati Official Release and Game Notes
CINCINNATI PROBABLE STARTERS 2004-05 Statistics
F 21 James White, 6-7 Jr., Kensington, Md. 10.4 pts, 4.8 reb, 3.2 ast
F 14 Eric Hicks, 6-6 Jr., Greensboro, N.C. 13.7 pts, 8.9 reb, 2.3 blk
F 54 Jason Maxiell, 6-7 Sr., Carrollton, Texas 15.5 pts, 7.8 reb, 2.8 blk
G 5 Nick Williams, 6-3 Sr., Arlington, Texas 8.7 pts, 2.4 reb, 1.9 ast
G 13 Jihad Muhammad, 5-11 Jr., Plainfield, N.J. 10.3 pts, 3.0 reb, 2.7 ast
KENTUCKY PROBABLE STARTERS 2004-05 Statistics
F 44 Chuck Hayes, 6-6 Sr., Modesto, Calif. 10.7 pts, 7.9 reb, 2.2 ast
F 24 Kelenna Azubuike, 6-5 Jr., Tulsa, Okla. 14.9 pts, 4.7 reb, 1.5 ast
C 33 Randolph Morris, 6-10 Fr., Atlanta, Ga. 8.5 pts, 4.1 reb, 0.9 blk
G 4 Rajon Rondo, 6-1 Fr., Louisville, Ky. 7.8 pts, 2.9 reb, 3.4 ast
G 22 Patrick Sparks, 6-0 Jr., Central City, Ky. 11.1 pts, 2.1 reb, 3.8 ast
For Cincinnati to advance in the tournament, they will need to be physical and smart. If they can match their play from Iowa they will give the Wildcats fits. The leadership of Jason Maxiell will be needed tonight more than ever.
The Bearcats need to take smart shots, box-out and be aggressive with the Wildcats. Their normal style of play could be more than the young Wildcats are use to. But, if the Bearcats are reading or listening to the media that is giving them props for the first time in a long time, they better watch out.
I'm not going to write a lot about this game. I know the fans who visit this site already know what this game is about, and don't need me to remind them.
A Bearcat victory would be a giant step for the Bearcats and Bearcat fans looking for some bragging rights. But the big question from this game is the following. Will it be another 15 years before these two teams meet again?
Enjoy the game and Go Bearcats!!!!!!!