Thursday, March 11, 2010
West Virginia 26, Cincinnati 23 at the half
By Dana O'Neil
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.