Thursday, February 22, 2001
McElroy picks up scoring
By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer
No question about it, junior Immanuel McElroy has been driving to the basket and been more offensive-minded the past two games.
He scored 14 points in UC's 68-61 victory over Saint Louis on Wednesday night, and over the past two games he's averaged 15 points (on 10-of-17 shooting), 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
I feel a difference, McElroy said. I'm attacking more. I'm not going to say I didn't have confidence at the beginning of the season, but my confidence level is higher now and the players want me to shoot the ball. I want to do whatever I can to help this team win.
TRY, TRY AGAIN: UC coach Bob Huggins started his ninth different lineup. Junior forward Antwan Jones got his second start, his first since Dec. 21.
Junior power forward Jamaal Davis did not start for the first time. He did not play until the second half and finished with no points and one rebound in 17 minutes. He has been scoreless three straight games.
DEE-FENSE: Maurice Jeffers, the Billikens' leading scorer (15.5 ppg), was held to eight points on 4-of-10 shooting. McElroy and Leonard Stokes defended him.
NOTABLE NUMBER: UC junior Steve Logan, who scored 12 points, was 0-of-4 from 3-point range. He had at least one 3 in 14 consecutive games.
FUN THOUGHTS: Numerous Web sites every week predict the NCAA Tournament field and matchups. They are easy to dismiss as guesswork. Sometimes, however, it's more fun to consider the possibilities. Such as:
No.8 seed UC vs. No.9 Xavier, South Region (Chris Monter Draft News and College Basketball News): A Crosstown Shootout in the postseason? Could the city stand it? Seriously, how much fun would this be?
No.9 seed UC vs. No.8 Ohio State (www.collegerpi.com), West Region: The schools have not met since the Bearcats beat the Buckeyes for the 1962 national championship. A pairing like this would make the whole season worthwhile. But it would not be right to play this game out west.
UP NEXT: The Bearcats play their final home game Saturday (6:05 p.m.) against Houston.
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