Sunday, January 17, 1999

UC NOTEBOOK


TV repeat can't surprise Sooners

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        There was a buzz in the Shoemaker Center as UC lined up to inbound the ball with .8 seconds left in the first half and tried to extend its 42-31 lead.

        That's because Bearcats coach Bob Huggins hustled forward Ryan Fletcher and center Kenyon Martin off the bench and positioned them as they were for the “home run” play that UC used to defeat Duke in the Great Alaska Shootout championship: Fletcher inbounding, Martin at the opposite foul line and Melvin Levett on the right wing, perhaps to again accept a pass from Martin and dunk.

        Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson was not asleep at 2 a.m. Nov. 29.

        He sandwiched Martin between two defenders and made it difficult for him to get the ball in that spot.

        Fletcher's long inbounds pass nearly went in the goal, and Oklahoma recovered.

        Just before the pass, Martin turned to Sampson and said, “You watch a little TV, huh?”

        Sampson's response: “Yeah, we get a little electricity in Oklahoma.”

Short bench
       

        The Bearcats were down to 11 healthy players for the Oklahoma game, with starting point guard Michael Horton out with an injured ankle and freshman center Donald Little still not fully recovered from his elbow injury.

        Senior Shawn Myrick started in Horton's place, but was soon replaced by freshman Steve Logan.

        He followed Thursday's 20-point outing against UNC Charlotte with 12 points, five assists and one turnover.

        “Steve's very clever. He's very deceptive,” Huggins said. “He's lost weight; he's getting in pretty good condition. If you don't guard him, he's going to make shots.”

        Horton was questionable for Thursday's game at Louisville.

        “If I was Michael Horton,” Huggins said, “I'd come back tomorrow. I wouldn't be letting the chubby guy play too much.”

Fan freedom
       

        UC announced it will place a limited number of tickets for the Bearcats' game Thursday at Louisville on sale 10a.m. Monday at the Shoemaker Center ticket office. All purchases must be made in person.

Numbers
       

        • UC's win was its 26th in a row at the Shoemaker Center, the sixth-longest home-court winning streak in Division I and the longest ever at the Shoe.

        • The Bearcats responded after the loss the way they generally have in recent seasons. They have not endured a two-game losing streak since March 1995, when they fell in succession to UAB and Memphis. In the past three seasons, they have recovered from a loss to win their next game by an average of 26.7 points.

       



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