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UC men’s basketball announces Big East home-and-home games for 2012-2013

UC's Fifth Third Arena (photo by Greenstrat via wikipedia commons)

The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team will play four Big East teams in a home-and-home basis during 2012-13, one more than in year’s past.

Those teams will be Connecticut, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

The Bearcats will hit the road for games at 2012 national semifinalist Louisville, and defending regular-season league champion Syracuse.

UC will also travel to DePaul, Providence and Seton Hall.


Info compiled from UC athletics & the Big East Conference

Former Syracuse star Griffin joins Dayton basketball staff


Allen Griffin (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

New Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller is continuing to reshape the coaching staff.

The newest member is 32-year-old Allen Griffin, who has 11 years experience in Division I basketball, including four seasons as a standout point guard at Syracuse University under Jim Boeheim.

His responsibilities over the years included recruiting, on-court coaching, travel planning, scheduling, game preperation and assisting in monitoring academics.

Griffin captained the Orangemen as a senior in 2000-01, when he averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 assists, ranking seventh all-time in school history for assists in a season. He had 409 assists in his career. Griffin played 133 games for the Orangemen and was a part of four NCAA Tournament teams. His Syracuse teams combined for a 98-36 record in that span, a .731 winning percentage.

After graduating from Syracuse in 2001, Griffin played professionally in Slovenia for a year, and worked as a teacher and girls basketball coach at Christian Brothers Academy for one season. In 2003, he returned to Syracuse to work on Boeheim’s staff as an administrative assistant. After two years in that position, he took an assistant coaching position at St. Francis (NY) for the 2005-06 season.

Following his first year at St. Francis, Griffin coached at Providence for two seasons before returning to St. Francis for another two years. Last year, he coached at Hofstra under former Flyer assistant coach Mo Cassara, helping the Dutchmen to a 21-12 record and a return to the post season.

Griffin and his wife, Tiffany, have two sons, Allen Jr. and Trey.


Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Cincinnati in overtime, subdues Providence 93-81

The Cincinnati Bearcats scored 10 unanswered points to start the overtime period, made 7 of 7 shots from the field as well.

(courtesy of UC athletics)

Rashad Bishop scored a career-high 23 points as Cincinnati outmuscled Providence in Big East action.

UC goes to 21-6, 8-6, the Friars fall to 14-13, 3-11.

compiled from Cincinnati athletics news

Reds beat Cardinals 7-2; wins series and takes first place GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO – When the Civil Rights Weekend series between the St. Louis Cardinals and  Cincinnati Reds began, most of us in the media were looking at the pitchers the Cardinals would throw to assess the Reds chances. Jaime Garcia was throwing on Friday; we figured the Reds would beat him, but they didn’t. We figured there goes the chance of at least winning one game in the series. Adam Wainwright was pitching next on Saturday and everybody said “not a chance.” However, the Reds were 2-2 against him and they beat him 4-3. Then comes the rubber game on Sunday and its Brad Penny who was 7-3 against Cincinnati overall and better yet, 5-0 at Great American Ballpark since the place opened and the feeling was “1 of 2 isn’t bad.” We 2-of-3 is good for the Reds because they beat Brad Penny. Penny was throwing pitchers between 93-100 mph, but he wasn’t fooling the Reds on anything. They hit any pitch he could no matter the speed.

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Scott Rolen homered and drove in three runs and Bronson Arroyo pitched a complete game and drove home two more runs on Sunday leading Cincinnati to a 7-2 win that ended the Cardinals long domination as the NL Central Division’s top and dominant team.

St. Louis had been in first place since July 31, 2009. The defending champions had opened a five-game lead on the Reds before going into a profound slump in the last two weeks, losing nine of their last 12 and even went 9 games without hitting a home run.

The Reds keep a National League standings pole on top of the right field bleachers of each of the divisions: East, West and Central. It changes each day. After Sunday’s last out, a fly ball to Jay Bruce in right field, the public address announcer at Great American Ballpark told those in atterndance, a rain-soaked crowd of 26,712 to look to the Central Division standings poll to see that the Reds were on top by a half-game over St. Louis by winning 7 of their last 8 games.

Cincinnati hasn’t been in first place this deep into a season since June 8, 2006.

The move into first place is a long-awaited moment for the Reds, who are trying to break a nine-year losing streak. They improved to a 2010 season-high five games over .500 at 21-16 by beating the Cardinals at their own brand of baseball: balanced offense, great defense and solid pitching.

During this eight-game turnaround for the Reds, the pitching staff has a 1.88 earned run average. They haven’t committed an error in their last 11 games, the best streak since 1997. And they’re leading the majors in getting runners from first to third with a single.

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44 957 Bronson Arroyo Reds RHP Two-out hitting has been huge for Reds (

44 958 Bronson Arroyo Reds RHP It’s only May but Reds in first place (

44 959 Bronson Arroyo Reds RHP The buzz that the Reds are real (

44 962 Jay Bruce Reds RF Talk’s about Bronson Arroyo’s performance (

44 965 Jonny Gomes Reds LF 1st place is hard work to stay there (

44 966 Jonny Gomes Reds LF Reds have winners from other teams who know how to win (

* Scott Rolen’s home run in the first inning was his 290th of his career.

* Bronson Arroyo threw his first complete game of his career and 10th lifetime.

*Reds lead MLB in runners going from first to third with 30, Texas is 2nd with 24 and Minnesota and Oakland are tied for fourth with 23.

* The Reds lead MLB in last at bat wins with 9 and comeback wins 11.

* The Reds are 13-5 against NL Central Division rivals.

* The Reds are 4th in the NL with a .284 batting average with runners in scoring position.

*The Reds are 12-9 at Great American Ballpark.

* Reds birthdays coming up: Bullpen coach Juan Lopez was 50 on Sunday, RHP Nick Masset is 28 today, Monday and Catcher Ramon Hernandez will be 34 on Thursday.

* Three members of the Reds pitching staff are 24 and under. Mike Leake is 22, Homer Bailey is 24 and so is Johnny Cueto.

* Music Man, Bronson Arroyo has a CD on sale, Covering The Bases for $15.00 at all Great American Ballpark stores. Bronson is donating half the proceeds to the Reds Community Funds. In July 2005 the record debuted at number 1 on the charts in Boston, Providence and Springfield and number 2 in Portland, Maine. The CD features Mike Inez, bassist for Alice in Chains and Ozzy Osbourne, and vocals by Johnny Damon and author Stephen King.

* Albert Pujols was honored as with the Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Award Presented by Pepsi as voted on by fans for the month of April. Pujols batted .345 (30-87) with seven home runs and 19 RBI”s through 22 games.

*Albert Pujols passed Rogers Hornsby by moving into sole possession of 3rd place on the Cardinals all-time runs scored list at 1,090  last Wednesday night. Pujols is currently 7 RBI’s shy of tying Enos “country” Slaughter (1,148) for 2nd on the all-time St. Louis list and 7 walks shy of tying Enos Slaughter (839) for 3rd in all-time as a Cardinals.