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Posted: Sunday November 07, 1999 01:56 PM
| 1998-99 record |
| 27-6 overall, 12-4
C-USA (lost to Temple in NCAA second round)
| Coach |
Huggins, 247-80 (10 years, 344-126 overall)
| Projected starting lineup |
F Pete Mickeal, 6-6, Sr. |
Steady, impossible to guard one-on-one and one of Huggins' all-time favorite
F Jermaine Tate, 6-9, Sr.
Former Ohio State transfer an intimidating shot-blocker and defender.
C Kenyon Martin, 6-9, Sr.
Most intimidating post player in the league has blocked 185 career shots and altered hundreds of others.
G DerMarr Johnson, 6-9, Fr.
Parade's Player of the Year last year at Maine Central Institute can play the
two or three.
G Steve Logan, 6-0, So.
A step slow compared with his teammates but reliable (73 assists, 41 turnovers last season).
| Top guy off the bench |
F Ryan Fletcher, 6-9, Sr. |
Added 20 pounds prior to last season and neutralized Duke's Elton Brand in
the Great Alaska Shootout championship game.
| Key Newcomer |
C Donald Little, 6-10, So. |
Sat out last season with an elbow injury.
| Key Games |
| Dec. 8 vs.
Could pit the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 teams in this Great Eight matchup. |
Feb. 20 vs. Temple, A grudge match after Temple engulfed the Bearcats with its amoeba zone in the
March 2 at DePaul, The Bearcats and Blue Demons are the preseason favorites to win Conference
| Outlook |
The Bearcats have won 108 of 133 games over the past four seasons,
captured four straight Conference USA regular-season titles and were one of two schools to earn a
top-three seed in each of the past four NCAA tournaments. Those numbers
should get even more gaudy, with four starters returning and the addition of
two McDonald's All Americans. More important to Cincinnati, however, is
advancing past the second round of the NCAA Tournament, which it hasn't done
since 1996, and that may depend on creating chemistry around much-hyped newcomer Johnson.
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