Originally posted on The Dagger  |  Last updated 1/2/12
Cincinnati has played so remarkably well since the suspension of big men Yancy Gates, Cheikh Mbodj and Octavius Ellis that their imminent return from suspension creates an unenviable dilemma for coach Mick Cronin. Does he stick with the four-guard, no-center look that has spearheaded the Bearcats' six-game win streak since last month's brawl with Xavier? Or does he reinsert Gates in the starting lineup and return to the more traditional alignment Cincinnati utilized before? That the end of Gates' six-game suspension raises these questions is a testament to how well the Bearcats have played after inserting Jaquon Parker into the lineup alongside fellow guards Cashmere Wright, Sean Kilpatrick and Dion Dixon. They've reeled off six straight wins, surpassing 100 points against Radford and Arkansas Pine Bluff, handing Oklahoma its second loss and edging Pittsburgh 66-63 on Sunday night. "It's an interesting situation where they lose some guys and they seem to be playing better because...
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