Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates sees a lot of good basketball in the Big East. When he watches Florida State, he sees a team that would fit right in.
That's not a knock on the Atlantic Coast Conference, and he's not making a case for more realignment. It's just that in a conference full of talented offensive teams, the Seminoles' defensive style really stands out.
''To me they were the best defensive team in the conference, which was why they were so successful this year,'' Gates said. ''So I think out of all those schools, Florida State would best fit in with the Big East by the way the play. So we'll just get prepared for this game as if we were getting prepared for (the Big East) conference.''
Cincinnati (25-10) knows it won't be easy getting by that defense that led Florida State (25-9) to its first ACC tournament championship a week ago. The sixth-seeded Bearcats and third-seeded Seminoles meet Sunday night in the third round of the NCAA tournament's East Regional. The winner...