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Cincinnati suspends Gates, Ellis, Mbodj & Guyn for roles in brawl

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati today announced the suspension of four men’s basketball student-athletes for their participation in a fight that brought a premature end to Saturday’s game at Xavier University.

UC AD Whit Babcock

Yancy Gates, Octavius Ellis and Cheikh Mbodj will each be suspended for a total of six games and Ge’Lawn Guyn for one game. The suspensions will take effect immediately and will be concurrent with the NCAA-standard one-game mandated suspensions that would be applied to Gates and Mbodj for ejections from the game for fighting.

“After reviewing all available video and giving due deliberation to the seriousness of this behavior, we have decided to take these actions,” said UC athletic director Whit Babcock. “We want to deal with this in a prompt and direct manner and send the message that we will not tolerate this from those who have the privilege of representing the University of Cincinnati.”

“We have advised the BIG EAST Conference of our decision and the measures we’re taking. I’m thankful for the full support of (UC) President (Gregory H.) Williams and (UC men’s basketball head coach) Mick Cronin.”

“Further, I want to apologize to our students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as to our fans and community. We hold our student-athletes to a very high standard and take very seriously the role that our entire department plays in reflecting the overall image of this great university. We will continue to work diligently to represent the Bearcat family and the Cincinnati community in a first-class manner. There will be zero tolerance for a repeat of this behavior.”

 

Press Release & Photo courtesy of University of Cincinnati athletics

Bearcats have Georgetown’s number; sweeps season series

(courtesy of UC athletics)

The Cincinnati Bearcats have had a huge season that probably saved head coach Mick Cronin’s job. UC has a 24-7, 11-7 Big East Conference record that has given them a good lock on an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since Bob Huggins was fired.

They’ve closed the season strong, winning five of the past 6 games, including two over the reeling Georgetown Hoyas (21-9, 10-8).

Cincinnati upset #17 Georgetown, 69-47. The Bearcats connected on 20 consecutive free throws late in the game, finishing the game 24 of 30 from the free throw line.

Yancy Gates scored 10 of his 13 points from the free throw line in the win for UC.

compiled from Cincinnati athletics news

Cincinnati will host Weber State on Wednesday in NIT action

Courtesy of Cincinnati Athletics

Deonta Vaughn leads the 'Cats (uc)

Head coach Mick Cronin (uc)

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball team has earned its 10th trip to the National Invitational Tournament ,  as they received an at-large bid from the tournament selection committee. The Bearcats will face Weber State (20-10) from the Big Sky Conference at Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday March 18 at 7 p.m.

The Bearcats finished the regular season with a record of 18-15, its second consecutive winning season under head coach Mick Cronin. Cincinnati are led by the three-some of 2010 Big East Conference Rookie of the year Lance Stephenson (12.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg), senior guard Deonta Vaughn (11.1 ppg, 3.4 apg), and sophomore forward Yancy Gates (10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

This is the Bearcats 10th appearance in the NIT and it owns a record of 7-9. The tournament, which began in 1938, is the oldest in college basketball and was the first national postseason collegiate tournament to be played in this country, coming into existence one year before the NCAA Tournament.

Cincinnati’s opponent, Weber State, owns an overall record of 20-10 and claimed the Big Sky Conference regular season championship before falling in the championship game of its league tournament, 66-65, to Montana. Weber State is coached by Randy Rahe who is in his fourth year with the Wildcats. Weber State is making its second straight and third appearance overall in the NIT. The Wildcats rank second in the Big Sky Conference in scoring, averaging 76.6 ppg, and has the league’s MVP and leading scorer, Damian Lillard, who averages 19.7 ppg. Franklin Session leads the team in rebounding with 6.0 rpg.

Illinois (19-14) is a #1 seed in the 2010 NIT, along with Arizona State (22-10), Mississippi State (23-11) and Virginia Tech (23-8).

Cincinnati is in the Illinois Regional bracket which also includes  #8 Stony Brook (22-9) which will be hosting Illinois, #6 Illinois State (22-10) at #3 Dayton (20-12), and Tulsa (23-11) at #4 Kent State (23-9). The top-seeded team plays host in the first three rounds. Should the Bearcats advance, they will welcome the winner of the Illinois State-Dayton game into Fifth Third Arena.