You can tell Levett's down by frown

Saturday, November 28, 1998

The Cincinnati Enquirer

The look on Melvin Levett's face says he knows he's not playing up to his standards.

In fact, that look may be speaking too loudly.

''I let my frustrations show,'' Levett said. ''I wear it on my face. My frustration isn't directed at anyone but myself. If I miss a shot, I shouldn't miss, of course it's going to bother me.

''But I guess I send the wrong message when I do that.''

That's the message the UC coaches have been sending to Levett, who is 10-of-34 from the field after three games and 3-of-16 from three-point range.

''It's about being down in my stance, getting ready to shoot,'' Levett said. ''I'm probably going to get away from my three-point shot, start going to the basket.''

Because Levett is the only senior currently in the starting lineup and because of the emotional intensity he brings to the court, the Bearcats staff would like for Levett to be a leader. However, if he is to lead, he can't afford to lead his team in a negative direction. ''I know I can pick it up,'' Levett said. ''I started the same way last year.''

Fletch lives

UC power forward Ryan Fletcher is looking at his current circumstance as an opportunity to stake a claim for future playing time while transfer forward Jermaine Tate waits to become eligible Dec. 14 against Nicholls State.

''Without question,'' Fletcher said. ''When Jermaine comes back, everybody understandablyis going to look to him because he did it before at Ohio State. I'm trying to take advantage of this just to prove myself while I can.''

Fletcher did not play well in the exhibition season and got two rebounds against Southern Utah, but he managed seven rebounds against Rhode Island and six rebounds and 11 points in the Iowa State win. He was surprised to learn he'd been largely responsible for holding Iowa State forward Marcus Fizer to zero offensive rebounds.

Thanksgiving Carroll

Someone from Indian Hills had to lose Friday.

A year ago, Terry Carroll, Pete Mickeal and Alvin Mitchell were together on the nation's top junior college team, Indian Hills Community College of Iowa. Carroll was head coach, Mickeal was small forward and Mitchell was point guard. Carroll and Mickeal combined for 72 consecutive victories and consecutive NJCAA championships, and Mitchell was along for the second of those titles.

In the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout, they found themselves on opposite sides. Carroll was hired as an assistant at Iowa State after Larry Eustachy took over for new Chicago Bulls boss Tim Floyd. Mitchell and Mickeal both play for UC, which claimed a 60-52 victory.

Stat stuff

UC center Kenyon Martin had two blocks against Iowa State, leaving him one behind third-place Robert Miller (1974-78) on the Bearcats' career list. The Bearcats now have only one double-figure scorer, junior forward Pete Mickeal, and he is averaging 11.3 points.

UC's scoring output, 60, was its lowest in 20 games. The Bearcats scored 60 against Tulane last January. The last time they were held below that number was 56 games ago in a loss to Temple at what is now The Crown.

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