Found March 22, 2012 on Bearcats Blog:
Every ride has a stop. The roller coaster season of the Cincinnati Bearcats came to an end tonight, losing to 2 seed Ohio State 81-66. The margin is very wide, but the score doesn't indicate what actually happened. UC was down 12 at the half. They opened half 2 like a ball of thunder. UC went up 4 in the second half. Ohio State turned up the pressure and the Bearcats just couldn't handle it. Aaron Craft had 6 steals. UC turned it over 9 times in each half. My friend Danielle said that the guards looked scared around Craft. I think that's partially true. Craft was clearly in their heads in the second half. He had a series of deflections and outright steals that styimed the offense. Gates was outplayed by Sullinger big time. 23-11 to 7-5. He didn't get touches when Sullinger had 3. Just wasn't their night. I have been thinking about what this post would be the last 5 or 10 minutes. I'm really disappointed that the season is over. I'm disappointed that the s...

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