UC NOTEBOOK
Huggins nears 400th win

Thursday, November 26, 1998

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Bob Huggins left his 538th basketball game as a head coach Wednesday night with his 390th victory.

This is not a particularly noteworthy milestone, but does put him in sight of career victory number 400.

Passing the 400 mark would put him in the company of such coaches as Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (508), Connecticut's Jim Calhoun (525) and New Mexico's Dave Bliss (442). There are 33 active Division I coaches with 400 victories.

Huggins will reach this milestone at age 45. If he were to continue winning games at his current UC rate - 24 per season - he would figure to pass NCAA career victories leader Dean Smith by the time he turns 65 in 2018.

Huggins has long maintained he will not coach that far into the future, although friends insist they could not see him walking away from the game soon.

Now that's more like it

The 20-degree temperatures the Bearcats are enduring this Thanksgiving will be well behind them when the holiday season arrives next fall. They are scheduled to compete in the Big Island Invitational, in Hilo, Hawaii, next season.

This year's Big Island tournament begins Friday and features host Hawaii-Hilo, Evansville, Saint Louis and Washington.

Super duper

UC recruit Kenny Satterfield, a 6-3 guard at New York's St. Ignatius Rice High, was selected as one of USA Today's Super 25 high school basketball players.

The Super 25 selection generally is a precursor to McDonald's All-American honors. The McDonald's team is announced in February. Satterfield's Rice team was rated No. 14 in the nation.

Blackout

The Southern Utah game was the first UC game of the season not to be televised in the Cincinnati area, with as many as three more to follow. The second-round game also will be off the air, and the Bearcats must make the title game for their third game in Alaska to be shown on ESPN. The other game that may not be shown is the 6 p.m. Jan. 9 game at Southern Mississippi.

Channel 19 had the option of televising the Alaska opener. It cannot commit to the Southern Miss game because Fox may have a late-afternoon National Football League playoff game that day.

Peachy field

The 1999 Great Alaska Shootout field will include both Georgia and Georgia Tech, along with Kansas, Louisville, Michigan and Washington. The field will be filled out by Alaska-Anchorage and Grambling.

UC 76, SOUTHERN UTAH 63
Next for UC: Iowa State
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