*Preseason no.13 in the Big East, the Friars, who lost the services of the team's explosive scorer Dwight Brewington prior to this season after citing the now infamous "personal reasons" excuse for his rapid defection from the Rhode Island campus, now sit at 11-12 on the season, 4-8 in the Big East
*The loss moves the Friars a half-game behind Louisville (who, should it come down to it, holds the tie-breaker over the Friars after beating them 72-67 at Freedom Hall on 1/7) for the tenth and final spot in the upcoming Big East Tournament.
*Donnie McGrath, the #24 ranked point guard in the class of 2004 according to Scout.com, has been the Friars' most prolific scorer this season, averaging over 15 points per contest. McGrath, who has been moved off the ball (similar to UC's Jihad Muhammad) in favor of 5-7 freshman speedster Sharaud Curry (12 points and two assists), scored one points over his season average, finishing with 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting, 2-of-10 from three-point range (the only two threes for the Friars)
*Herbert Hill, Big East Weekly Honor Roll, was coming off a 20-point, 11 rebound outing against DePaul. Hill kept up his solid play from the small forward position by scoring a team-high 17 points and pulling down 10 boards in the contest for his second double-double in three games and fourth on the season.
*Young team, six of eight Providence athletes receiving scholarships are sophomores or freshman, and all player major roles. The six combined for 34 rebounds, 31 points, five assists, five blocks and four steals. Charles Buch led the sophomores with nine rebounds (six offensive) and seven points, while the combo of Curry (12 points) and Geoff McDermott (16 rebounds; three offensive) led the freshman foursome.
*All season long, because of their lack of size and depth, UC has had to be opportunistic, taking advantage of their opponent's mistakes and playing with more "hustle". The hustle formula (steals, blocks, points off turnovers, fast break points, and second chance points) has been a way to determine the likelihood of UC success or failure. Tonight, in a game where UC displayed great hustle and aggressiveness, they were either out-worked or went with out reward for their aggressiveness, but in the end UC won out with the formula turned up on their side. In the first half, UC tied Providence in formula points at 28, but in the second half the Bearcats took command, 28-25.
*The most notable statistic was on the offensive glass. Cincinnati, a team that has struggled on the defensive glass all season long, allowed 20 offensive rebounds. While the Bearcats defeated the Friars 21 to 20 overall in the category, including 12 to 9 in the second half, UC missed on 11 more shots than did the Friars, 51 to 40.
*All four UC backcourt members were straddled with foul trouble in the first half. The quartette of White, Downey, Jihad Muhammad, and Chadd Moore had each accrued two fouls apiece during the first twenty minutes of action.
*With the win over Providence, UC has put together its first back-to-back victories since their 10-game winning streak that closed with their resounding 70-66 comeback effort against former C-USA and now Big East foe Marquette to open conference play. Cincinnati's only other winning streak this season came at the open of the season when UC won it's first three regular season games of the season (Murray State, Illinois State, and Holy Cross) after finishing an unblemished preseason (2-0).