Cincinnati was able to hold of a rally at Connecticut to win 64-60 Sunday. Keith Williams led UC with 12 points, while Justin Jenifer and Cane Broome each added 10 points for UC (23-4, 12-2, 15th). Broome had the game-clinching three-pointer in his hometown of Hartford. UConn (13-14, 4-10, 139th) was led by Christian Vital (14) and Alterique Gilbert (13) in scoring. The Bearcats entered the both mainstream polls this week (AP/Coaches’: No. 23/22). Cincinnati will play at SMU (13-13, 5-9, 144th) Wednesday night at 9 PM. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW
Cane Broome’s clutch three-pointer clinched the game for UC (AP/Hill).
Cincinnati came into Fifth Third Arena fresh off an overtime victory at Tulsa, and left the arena with another overtime victory, 74-72 over Connecticut. The Bearcats (14-3, 3-1, 30th) had a three point lead in regulation before UConn’s Alterique Gilbert drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer. Gilbert led the Huskies (10-7, 1-3, 104th) with 18 points. Meanwhile, Jarron Cumberland continued his impressive play with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the Bearcats. Down by 2, UConn attempted a layup, but UC’s Justin Jenifer drew a game-winning charge. This is the first time in over fifty years UC has won back to back OT games. Cincinnati will remain at home for a matchup with the South Florida Bulls (12-4, 2-2, 97th). The game will be held Tuesday at 7 PM. TV: ESPNNEWS Radio: 700 WLW
Jarron Cumberland (34) led all scorers with 22 points and was 11-12 on free throws. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
The Connecticut Huskies were able to outlast the Butler Bulldogs in an offensive struggle, 53-41 in the National Championship Monday. Connecticut was able to finish the year strong, winning 11 consecutive postseason games to earn a Big East Championship, and then a National Championship. For coach Jim Calhoun, it’s his third National Title. On the other hand, the Butler Bulldogs finished as runner-ups for the second year in a row. Both teams struggled offensively the entire game. However Butler’s field goal percentage was 19%, setting a dubious National championship record. UConn’s shooting wasn’t pretty either, at 35%. As a team with nine losses, lots of remarks are being made about whether the “best” team won the championship. But it seems that Connecticut proved their case and then some, winning 11 consecutive games in the postseason, including wins over San Diego State, Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and so on… as if a National Championship isn’t enough.
After a brief absence as coach of the Connecticut Huskies, due to a family death, Jim Calhoun returned to the helm of his #15 ranked team. It was his first on-court appearance since the Huskies received penalties (he will be suspended next year for three games) due to recruiting violations. Connecticut defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 67-59. The Huskies and Bearcats are both 9-7 in Big East Conference play.