Thursday, March 22, 2001

UC Notebook

Calipari likes UC's chances

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ANAHEIM, Calif. — Memphis is the only team to play Stanford and Cincinnati this season; the Tigers lost once to the Cardinal and twice to the Bearcats. Here is Memphis coach John Calipari's quick scouting report on tonight's game:

        “We played Stanford so early (Nov.24), we weren't very well established. But we were in the game most of the game until the last four or five minutes.

        “I think (UC's) advantage is in guard play. If the game could be spread out a little bit, I think Cincinnati will have an advantage. I also think that Stanford's style contrasts a little bit with Cincinnati's style and Cincy will have a way of making it a roughhouse game. If they do that, and the officials let it go that way, they've got a chance — I don't care where it's played, California, in Stanford, wherever.

        “We played against those two guards, (Kenny) Satterfield and (Steve) Logan, and they make things happen. In the NCAA Tournament, if your guards rebound and you have good guard play, you've got a chance, And they do.”

        LOGAN WORRIED: Logan is having a tough time enjoying himself off the basketball court. Cincinnati's junior guard said Wednesday he can't stop thinking about his sick grandmother in Cleveland, whom he visited Monday.

        “Without question I'd rather be in Cleveland with my grandmother,” he said after Wednesday's shootaround at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. “My grandmother was there for me my whole life, so I want to be there for her in her rough times. I'd rather be there with her no matter how many days I have to sit in the hospital. At the same time, basketball is my life.

        “When I'm off the court, it really hits me the most.”

        Logan is UC's leading scorer (17.8 ppg).

        SPEAKING OF LOGAN: Casey Jacobsen of Stanford has no interest in letting the UC guard go on a scoring binge the way St.Joseph's Marvin O'Connor did last Saturday night (37 points) against the Cardinal.

        Jacobsen, who played with Logan on the 1999 U.S. Junior National team, said O'Connor's performance was “a freak thing.”

        “I need to work on my defense, but when you play a guy like that, you can't expect all the responsibility to rest on me,” he said. “I need some help. I can't stop these guys all by myself.

        “All I can ask of myself is to be with Steve Logan for 40 minutes, in his face. But if he makes shots with me on him, then that's great for him. He's a talented player, and he will make shots like that. The same with Marvin O'Connor. I thought I was there for most of his shots.”

        SUPPORT GROUP: Former Bearcat Erik Martin, who played on UC's 1992 Final Four team, was courtside Wednesday at the team's shootaround.

        Martin, who is from the Los Angeles area, returned from his basketball season in Japan on March 12. He said he averaged 16 points and nine rebounds.

        “People there are real polite, overly polite it seems like,” Martin said. “Japan was definitely my favorite job.”

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