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I have to admit, Cincinnati is one of my favorite teams to watch. The Bearcats made a run in the Big East tournament and despite a tough, hard-fought loss to Louisville in the tournament finale, they showed that they are capable of playing with anyone. They are riding a big wave of confidence coming into the tournament.
Cincinnati is a tough out on any given night. This year, it boasts wins over Pitt, Notre Dame, UConn, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette and Syracuse, all of whom were ranked at the time or are currently ranked. That sure is an impressive list.
I like Cincinnati because if Yancy Gates plays to his potential, he's an absolute beast to deal with under the basket. Sean Kilpatrick and Dion Dixon both played well in the Big East tourney and should continue that solid play in the NCAA tournament. If I was a high seed, I absolutely would not want to play Cincy.
Look for the Bearcats to make a deep run in the tournament.