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Saturday, November 7, 2009
UConn-Cincinnati pregame ponderables

Posted by's Brian Bennett

CINCINNATI -- Greetings from Nippert Stadium, or as I like to call it, "The Little House."

Just another ABC prime-time game from Cincinnati. Kind of loses its luster after a while, doesn't it?

I'm kidding, of course. This is all new for this program, and something else is new for the No. 5 Bearcats: They're in the title hunt for real with Iowa's loss. The goal tonight is not just to win but to win impressively for a skeptical national audience, though style points become a little less important, thanks to the Hawkeyes' flop.

A gorgeous fall day in Cincinnati has given way to a very pleasant evening. This bucolic little setting should look good on TV.

Zach Collaros will start for Cincinnati as previously announced, though Tony Pike will be available.

Here are some notes about this game courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information: