Saturday, March 10, 2001
Logan or Satterfield or bust
LOUISVILLE There is a Brazilian basketball proverb that applies to the Cincinnati Bearcats: It is better to have steak for two than hot dogs for five.
Steve Logan and Kenny Satterfield are not a two-man team. It only looks that way. It only looks as if they take all the big shots, make all the crucial stops, take over the final minutes of a game and bend it to their will. But if you look closely, you can see they really do have teammates.
Logan and Satterfield supply the steak, the sizzle and the A-1 sauce for Bob Huggins' Bearcats. Everyone else might as well be busing tables. The two guards combined for 56 points in Friday's 89-79 Conference USA Tournament conquest of the Memphis Tigers and totaled nine assists, eight rebounds and four steals.
I don't know where we'd be without them, Huggins said.
Where the Bearcats are with them is back in the C-USA Tournament championship, which tips off at noon today against Charlotte. UC is 23-8, presumably improving its seed for the NCAA Tournament, and possessed of a backcourt combination that has camouflaged its frontcourt foibles.
Clutch when it counts
The final stats fail to tell even half the story. For as much as Logan and Satterfield dominate the proceedings from the opening tipoff, they are that much more forceful with the game on the line. Every point UC scored in the final eight minutes of Friday's game all 26 of them bore either Logan's, Satterfield's or both players' handprints.
Steve Logan celebrates with fans.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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It's one thing to shoot the ball, Huggins said. It's another to take game shots.
Satterfield scored 16 of his 24 points with two assists during the last eight minutes. Logan scored four of his 32 points with two assists. Some of these points were a result of Huggins wanting Satterfield and Logan handling the ball when Memphis had to foul, but they were also the guys who sank the tough shots when Memphis was holding a four-point lead with 4:28 remaining.
Players of the year
They simply made the tough shots, Memphis coach John Calipari said. There were four minutes left and we were up four or five, and all of a sudden, something happened and something else happened. With Logan and Satterfield hitting those shots, there's nothing you can do about that. ... They've just got the courage to make those shots.
Logan had courage to spare in Thursday's victory over Alabama-Birmingham, but his shots weren't falling. Huggins told him Friday to let the game come to him instead of forcing the action, and the homily hit home.
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I was rushing things yesterday and I took bad shots, Logan said. Just like Coach said, I let the game come to me tonight. Satt did a tremendous job getting the ball to me tonight. I had some clean looks and I knocked them in.
Marquette coach Tom Crean had complained Thursday that Logan had been named the conference's player of the year over his own Brian Wardle. I think, Crean said, it's an absolute joke.
To make a statement like that is ridiculous, Huggins said. The MVP goes to the guy who has helped his team the most.
Marquette's Wardle was on his way home Friday. Logan, meanwhile, was leading UC to the conference tournament championship.
He couldn't have done it without Kenny Satterfield. But that's about as much help as he had.
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