Saturday, March 10, 2001
UC-Charlotte rivalry rolls on
By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer
LOUISVILLE It's time for Cincinnati-Charlotte, Round 3. With Conference USA's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament at stake.
The teams meet today for the Conference USA Tournament championship. Cincinnati split its two regular-season games with Charlotte, winning 76-66 at Shoemaker Center (Jan.6) and losing at Charlotte 60-58 (Feb.1). The two also met in the 1998 C-USA tourney final, with UC winning 71-57.
The 49ers (20-10) have won eight of their past nine games. Still, at No.66 in Friday's Ratings Percentage Index, they probably need a victory today to get in the NCAA Tournament.
That's a rivalry, UC guard Steve Logan said. They're going to be real fired up to go, and so will we.
Charlotte, which won the tournament in 1999, is in the final for the fourth time in the past five years.
UC sophomore Kenny Satterfield was asked how it felt to get to the final.
There's no feeling, he said. I want to win the championship, then I can tell you how I feel after that.
RECORD SETTER: Logan set a UC record with 10:41 left Friday night by making his 32nd consecutive free throw. He then missed his second foul shot.
Logan finished 12-of-13 from the foul line and broke Bobby Brannen's record of 31 straight.
Brannen also missed the second free throw in a one-and-one situation after set ting the record.
CONSISTENCY: UC made its fifth Conference USA Tournament semifinal appearance in Friday night's 89-79 victory over Memphis.
The only time in the league's six-year history the Bearcats did not make it to the final four was last season, when Kenyon Martin broke his leg against Saint Louis in the quarterfinals.
UC is in the final for the third time.
CHART CLIMBER: Logan became UC's No.22 all-time scorer with 32 points against Memphis. He began the night tied with George Wilson (1962-64) with 1,124 career points and passed Jim Holstein (1950-52, 1,146) and Tom Thacker (1961-63, 1,152).
NOTABLE NUMBER: UC has won 28 consecutive games against C-USA National Division teams (Memphis, Southern Mississippi, South Florida, UAB, Tulane and Houston).