Thursday, March 07, 2002

S. Florida next for UC

Bulls present inside concerns

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The University of Cincinnati frontline players already have been reminded about the last time they faced South Florida, tonight's opponent in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament.

        The eighth-seeded Bulls advanced with a 65-62 victory over UAB on Wednesday night at Firstar Center.

        When UC and South Florida met Jan.26 in Tampa, the Bulls' dominated inside with center Will McDonald collecting 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and nine rebounds.

        “Our guys are well aware of that,” said UC assistant coach Andy Kennedy, who scouted USF. “We'll make some adjustments and hopefully do a little better job this time around.

        “A lot of time our positioning was bad, but more times than not we lost sight of the ball. (USF point guard) Reggie Kohn is very good if you are not pressuring him. When he has clear vision, he can pick you apart. That's what he did to us that first game.”

        Steve Logan was the only Cincinnati starter to score in double figures (27 points) against USF, but the Bearcats got key contributions off the bench from sophomore Field Williams (14 points, 4-of-6 on 3s) and freshman Jason Maxiell (18 points.)

        “You don't have to be a rocket scientist — you've got to contain Logan,” USF coach Seth Greenberg said when asked about the key for tonight. “(Logan's) the smartest basketball player in the country. He has a Ph.D. in understanding the game.

        “You've got to take them out of transition, which means you've got to take care of the basketball. You've got to keep them off the glass. It's sounds very simple, but it's not that simple.”

        The Bulls are 19-11 and finished the C-USA regular season 8-8, in third place in the National Division behind Memphis and Houston.

        Injuries are also a factor for the Bulls. Leading scorer B.B. Waldon is playing with bad knees and an injured rotator cuff. Kohn, who had 12 assists against UC, is suffering from a stress fracture in one leg, tendinitis in both ankles and earlier this week had back spasms. He could barely walk Tuesday and has not practiced since Dec.19.

        The Bearcats have defeated South Florida 11 consecutive times.
        UAB (13-17) — Batchelor 2-6 0-0 4, Davis 1-3 2-2 4, Campbell 4-11 3-4 11, Finley 3-7 0-0 8, Bush 7-19 6-9 21, Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Ransom 0-3 1-2 1, Arnold 4-9 4-4 13. Totals 21-59 16-21 62.

        SOUTH FLORIDA (19-11) — Jackson 7-14 3-4 19, Waldon 5-11 1-2 12, McDonald 4-8 1-2 9, Bryant 2-4 0-0 5, Kohn 3-7 0-0 8, Swift 0-1 2-3 2, Morris 0-0 0-0 0, Baxter 0-0 0-0 0, Bernard 0-1 2-2 2, Brittian 3-7 2-4 8. Totals 24-53 11-17 65.

        Halftime—South Florida 25, UAB 25. 3-point goals— UAB 4-11 (Batchelor 0-1, Finley 2-3, Bush 1-4, Arnold 1-3), South Florida 6-16 (Jackson 2-5, Waldon 1-2, Bryand 1-2, Kohn 2-5, Swift 0-1, Brittian 0-1). Fouled out—None.


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