Thursday, March 07, 2002

USBWA names UC's Logan All-America


Senior selected for first team

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Thursday was a big day for Steve Logan.

        The University of Cincinnati senior not only was named Conference USA Player of the Year for the second straight time, but also was selected first-team All-America by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

        Joining him were Dan Dickau (Gonzaga), Juan Dixon (Maryland), Drew Gooden (Kansas) and Jason Williams (Duke).

        Xavier's David West made the USBWA's second team, along with Indiana's Jared Jeffries, Duke's Mike Dunleavy, Stanford's Casey Jacobsen and Southern Cal's Sam Clancy.

        Logan also was chosen the USBWA's player of the year in District V (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin).

        Marquette's Tom Crean edged Bob Huggins for C-USA Coach of the Year. That voting is done by only league coaches; the player awards are voted on by media and coaches.

        Logan is the first repeat winner of the C-USA Player of the Year award since former Bearcat Danny Fortson in 1996 and '97.

        NEW LOOK: During their open-to-the-public shootaround at Firstar Center, a few Bearcats wore black T-shirts with a white 7, signifying the team's seven straight C-USA regular-season titles.

        BILLY BALL: Billy Tubbs may have coached his final game. The TCU coach, whose team lost its first-round C-USA Tournament game 110-86 to Louisville Wednesday, announced in November that this would be his final season with the Horned Frogs (16-15). He said he would consider coaching again but that he's not “in the market.”

        “If something doesn't come up, I'm very good with it,” Tubbs said. “I'm fine. I don't feel like I have to coach. But I'm not burned out on coaching.”

        Tubbs has been at TCU eight years. Overall, his teams are 595-297 in 28 seasons.

        IN THE JUNGLE: South Florida coach Seth Greenberg was looking for a little “Jungle Karma” Wednesday, so he was a guest on Jim Rome's radio show. Greenberg is on periodically to share his thoughts about college basketball.

        The two go way back. When Greenberg was coach at Long Beach State, his players got in a fight with UC-Santa Barbara players. Greenberg said Rome was “ripping” his team on the air. Greenberg's wife, Karen, heard that and called in to say that Santa Barbara started the fight. Rome didn't know who she was and hung up on her.

        “I called the producer to say we need to have our side of the story,” Greenberg said. “... He's doing a stop at a sports bar in Anaheim, and I go down there and, live, right in the sports bar, we just go at it, and we had some fun with it. From that point on, we became friends.”

        Rome usually talks to Greenberg on air before the season, before the NCAA Tournament and before the Final Four.

        “He likes my takes, I guess,” Greenberg said. “He knows I'm going to say exactly what I think.”

        NO PLACE LIKE, UH, FIRSTAR: Huggins has been clear on this much: He doesn't care what anybody says, he doesn't think his Bearcats should be considered the home team for the C-USA Tournament.

        The last time Cincinnati played in the building was against Temple in the Atlantic 10-Conference USA Challenge on Jan.16, 1997, a 70-55 UC loss.

        “We're not the home team,” Huggins said. “The conference has said that. We don't get the same kind of advantage that the home team gets. The home team gets to pick when they want to play.”

        Brian Teter, C-USA assistant commissioner, said that's not totally true. The local institution sometimes has the opportunity to pick a game time within a specific session, but it's the league office and host venue that work out which session that will be.

        In almost every case, Teter said, the local school probably would play at night because it would draw more fans.

        UC was given the choice of game times in tonight's session and chose 7 p.m. over 9:30 p.m. If Cincinnati wins, it will play at 7:30p.m. Friday, the later game. Huggins said no team coming out of the later game has ever won the championship, which is played at 11:40a.m. Saturday.

        The Bearcats are 104-51 all-time at Firstar Center. The facility was UC's home court from 1976-87 when it was called Riverfront Coliseum.

        Email mperry@enquirer.com
       

       



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