The Golden Flashes recently captured their third MAC title in the last six years. They played two Big East teams during the season: Syracuse and Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights defeated the MAC champion 55-52 and the Orange did the same by the score of 78-66. The Golden Flashes are currently led by seniors Kevin Warzynski (6-foot-8 inches), Jay Youngblood (6-foot-5 inches), DeAndre Haynes (6-foot-2 inches) and former Schenley High School standout Nate Gerwig (6-foot-9 inches). Five different Flashes averaged double figures in the MAC Tournament. Youngblood currently leads the team with 14.7 points per game. Haynes leads the Flashes in assists (4) and steals (1.6) per game.
The Panthers would have to potentially defeat Kent State, Kansas, Memphis and Ben Howland's UCLA team to reach the Final 4. The Big East has conference record eight teams in the NCAA tournament. Basketball "experts" from around the nations generally agree that Cincinnati was snubbed. The Bearcats split 16 regular-season Big East games but won just 6 of their final 16 games.
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