Posted November 16, 2012 on AP on Fox
Bearcats coach Butch Jones has spent the past week doing some heavy-duty recruiting. No, not for players. For fans. Jones is trying to get a full house for a change at 35,000-seat Nippert Stadium when Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1 Big East) plays what amounts to an elimination game for the league title on Saturday. The Bearcats need to beat No. 22 Rutgers (8-1, 4-0) to stay among the front-runners with only two games left. In addition to preparing his team, Jones made the rounds during the week, trying to get fans excited enough to show up. He went on court at halftime of a Cincinnati basketball game on Tuesday night and pleaded with the 5,617 fans to show up on Saturday. ''We need your help, and we need your support,'' Jones said. ''We need you. We need to sell Nippert out. It's time to step up.'' Then, as additional enticement, he said there would be only one ranked team when the day was done, and it would be Cincinnati. If not, the Bearcats will b...
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