Thursday, February 04, 1999

UC NOTEBOOK


Pitt transfer won't join UC

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        If erstwhile Pittsburgh guard Fred Primus is able to make a comeback in Division I basketball, don't expect it to be as a Cincinnati Bearcat.

        Primus, a 6-2 freshman, was charged last month with grand theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly taking more than $2,000 worth of jewelry from a home he was visiting in suburban Philadelphia. The Panthers were on the road preparing for a Big East game against Villanova.

        Pittsburgh immediately dismissed him from the team, although he has been permitted to remain in school. He is expected to look for a new home soon, presuming he does not have to serve jail time. He has applied for a first offenders program.

        The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that UC is one of the schools interested in giving him a second chance and has contacted his former high school coach, but neither is true.

One lonely number
        UC coach Bob Huggins would not suggest Melvin Levett had been misquoted, since he knows Levett is capable of saying just about anything.

        Huggins does believe, though, that Levett could have done a better job of making his point when he stated that a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament constituted a “walk to the Sweet 16.”

        On his weekly radio show, Huggins said he believed Levett was trying to make the point that the road for a No.1 seed is significantly easier than for a No.2.

        And he has a point.

        Since 1990, only five of a possible 36 No.1 seeds failed to reach the Sweet 16. That's an 86 percent success rate for top seeds. During the same period, 11 No.2 seeds dropped out of the tournament before the Sweet 16. That means No. 2s are successful 69 percent of the time.

Numerology
        UC's 18 turnovers marked the fourth time in the past five games the Bearcats had at least that many, after they did it only twice in the first 17 games.

        “When you do that, it's not pretty,” coach Bob Huggins said. “We've got to get back to being a lot more sound fundamentally.”

        • Those looking for consistency from Levett might want to know he has averaged 19 points over his past five games and has had seven consecutive games in double figures.

        • Center Kenyon Martin entered the Tulane game with 14 blocks in his past three games and 29 in his past nine games.

        • Levett moved into fourth place on UC's career three-pointers list, his two against Tulane giving him 147 for his career, one ahead of Nick Van Exel. Levett would have to get really hot to move up one more notch. Damon Flint stands third with 177.

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