West Virginia 26, Cincinnati 23 at the half

NEW YORK -- Could upset Thursday continue here in the Big East?

Cincinnati is certainly trying.

Down 19-9, the Bearcats fought back to make this a game. Only Joe Mazzulla's buzzer-beating three-pointer gave the Mountaineers the 26-23 lead at the break.

Some possible reasons why this is a game:

  • Mick Cronin said on Wednesday that his team wouldn't stand a chance at beating WVU unless it attacked the glass. Cincinnati has responded to the challenge. The Bearcats are beating the Mountaineers on the boards, 15-14 in the rebounding department. That's a crucial number for a WVU team that ordinarily beats its opponents by six rebounds per game.

  • The Bearcats are being smart with their shot selection. Instead of jacking up jumpers, Cincy is picking its spots. They've drained 3 of 7 boards, considerably better than the 4 of 18 they hurled at Louisville.