Sunday, March 14, 1999

UC NOTEBOOK


Long year gets to Logan

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BOSTON — UC point guard Steve Logan admits his legs are tiring in the final weeks of the longest season in his life.

        This will be his 33rd game, and he has played an average of 21 minutes in addition to practicing three hours each day. He has slumped noticeably since he played so well in visits to South Florida and Memphis (10-of-16 from the floor, 6-of-11 on threes) that clinched the Conference USA title for the Bearcats.

        In his past three games, he is 1-of-10 from three-point range and 6-of-22 from the field.

        “I'm not getting my butt down and keeping my head up on the shot,” Logan said. “My legs are tired. It's a long season. But no excuses. I've got to step up at tournament time.”

        Although senior Michael Horton played well in the opening-round win over George Mason, UC coach Bob Huggins said Logan will start for the Bearcats against Temple.

Give him a hand
        Temple guard Quincy Wadley played 17 minutes in the opening round against Kent — less than two weeks after his season supposedly ended when he broke his hand.

        Wadley was 1-of-5 from the field, but did make a three-point shot. “I was bothered a little bit, but it's getting better gradually,” Wadley said. “Hopefully, if we advance in this tournament, I'll have time to get better.

        “We were in a do-or-die situation. If we lost to Kent, our season would be over. I didn't want to be on the side when I'm able to help my team.”

Hard as a rock
        Some players in the Boston sub-regional have complained about the balls being used, which are fresh out of the box and have not been broken in — and which are inflated to the point they have blistered some coaches' hands when they run through shooting drills.

        Teams at the FleetCenter shot a combined 172-of-454 from the field, a .378 percentage, in Friday's first-round games.

Numerology
        • In his past seven games, Bearcats forward Jermaine Tate is averaging 7.6 rebounds. UC's average margin on the boards in that stretch is plus-10.6.

        • UC's 27 victories ties the third-highest total in school history. To get their first 30-win season, the Bearcats would need to advance to the Final Four.

        • Bearcats opponents have shot a collective .353 in the past seven games.

        • UC's current starting lineup has a 7-1 record, losing only in the Conference USA title game to UNC Charlotte.



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