Both the University of Cincinnati Men's and Women's Basketball programs were on display Tuesday night and while the games were miles apart, the end results were the same.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Women's team took on Marquette and looked good through the first half of play. Leading 32-31 at the half, Coach Laurie Pirtle saw her club shoot 46.7% from the field as Treasure Humphries and Michelle Jones led the way.
But while the Bearcats saw some great shooting, Marquette was right on their heels hitting for 48.1% themselves. Christina Quaye would pace Marquette on the night and finish with 17 points.
But while the first half saw both teams lighting it up, the second half belonged to Marquette as they followed up hitting 50% of their shots and scoring 35 points to post a 66-48 victory over UC. The Bearcats went cold and hit only 17.9% of their shots for a total of 16 second half points.
The Bearcats are now 17-10 (7-9 Big East) and will next play in the Big East Tournament set to start on Saturday March 4th at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Conn. Coach Pirtle will need to see her club have a nice tournament run in hopes of earning a NCAA Tournament bid.
From the Midwest to the East Coast, the Bearcat men were taking on Seton Hall in East Rutherford, N.J., and getting the same results as their university counterpart.
After playing one of their best games in a losing cause against Villanova last Thursday night, Coach Andy Kennedy saw his team come into the game needing at least one more win to ensure a berth into the Big East Tournament and to strengthen their chances of gaining a NCAA Tournament berth.
The end results were not those expect by the coach. Seton Hall saw senior Donald Copeland end his home playing career by scoring 14 of his 28 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes and giving Seton Hall a 72-62 victory.
The win moves Seton Hall to 17-10 (8-7 Big East) and will place them into the Big East Tournament. The Bearcats fall to 18-11 (7-8 Big East) and see them missing a great chance to earn the one victory Head Coach Andy Kennedy has stated he felt his team needed for a NCAA Tournament bid.
The Bearcats will return home for a Saturday match-up with No. 16 ranked West Virginia on Senior Day. While all is not doomed for the Bearcats chances of making a trip to New York, a victory over WVU will help with their chances of the NCAA.
Bearcat Insider will be on hand to follow all the action with a "Sold Out" crowd from Fifth Third Arena.