Sunday, March 11, 2001

UC Notebook

Guevara gets last laugh on UC

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOUISVILLE — Amid the Charlotte celebration after the 49ers' 80-72 victory Saturday, senior guard Diego Guevara made it a point to run over to a section full of University of Cincinnati fans and shout at them.

        Bearcat faithful have been harder on Guevara than on any other player in Conference USA, and they continued to boo him every time he touched the ball during the tournament championship game at Freedom Hall.

        Guevara, who had averaged 20 points and shot 60 percent from the field in his previous four games, finished with just eight points against UC on 3-of-10 shooting.

        He was 9-of-23 (.391) from the field, 3-of-14 (.214) from 3-point range and averaged 7.3 points in three games this season against the Bearcats. But Charlotte went 2-1.

        “Before the game, I was kind of nervous and thinking about how I don't want to let them win, especially for their fans,” Guevara said. “Their fans have treated me real tough, and even my wife just told me they were very disrespectful to her. I just don't appreciate that.

        “They've been booing me and throwing stuff at me when we go to Cincinnati. I definitely got the last laugh.”

        And UC fans got their last boo — when Guevara was announced as a member of the all-tournament team.

        HONORED: Charlotte freshman Rodney White, who averaged 17 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games, was selected most valuable player of the tournament. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Guevara (16.3 ppg), Cincin nati guards Steve Logan (19.3 ppg) and Kenny Satterfield (19.7 ppg, 4.7 apg), and Memphis junior Kelly Wise (18 ppg).

        TAKE CARE: The Bearcats had just four turnovers Saturday, one shy of the school record. That's the fewest since they had three Feb.6, 1985, against Louisville at Freedom Hall — a span of 506 games. UC has averaged just 5.75 turnovers over its past four games.

        NOTABLE NUMBERS: Sophomore center Donald Little has 85 career blocked shots, tying him for sixth on UC's all-time list with Corie Blount. Little needs 21 blocks to catch Art Long. ... Logan has 165 3-point field goals and moved past Melvin Levett (164) into fourth place in school history. He is 12 behind No.3 Damon Flint.

        TOURNEY TALK: Charlotte is the winningest team in C-USA Tourna ment history (13-4, .765), with UC second (10-4, .714). ... UC is 2-1 in C-USA tourney finals. ... The four other teams to win the tournament in its six-year history have had to beat the Bearcats.


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