Big East Tournament 2012: Cincinnati Will Shock Syracuse with Upset

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08:  Jaquon Parker #44 of the Cincinnati Bearcats reacts after scoring against the Georgetown Hoyas during the quarterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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Momentum is strong with the Cincinnati Bearcats as they take on the best in conference Syracuse Orange on Friday night. I feel an upset coming. 

Syracuse looked every bit susceptible in their eventual win against Connecticut. UConn was unrelenting on defense but had trouble shooting the ball. 

On any other day, UConn may have finished the deed, but that brings us to Syracuse, who themselves had issues with getting buckets in their opener. 

They may have come away with the win, but they certainly were not unscathed, as the Orange shot 30 percent from the floor and a 3-for-14, 21 percent from three-point land. 

Syracuse was shaky and the team they face on Friday night is flourishing. This is the time of year when upsets spring up like the kid with the awkward face that has become far too visible for his own good

On the flip side, there are the Cincinnati Bearcats who came into the Big East tournament trying to prove they deserved notice and improve their seeding. They have done both. 

We may see the adulation for the program reach a record high after a night in which they dispatch one of the best teams in the nation. 

Georgetown had no answer for Yancy Gates and his huge frame, and Syracuse will find it just as hard to fight off this surging team and their big man who is on a quest right now. 

The amazing part of their win against the Georgetown Hoyas is that Cincinnati never shot well from three, and that proves they don't have to rely on such measures to stave off a deeper team like Syracuse. 

They have the size with Gates and come in with a great backcourt of Dion Dixon, Cashmere Wright and Sean Kilpatrick who will be keyed in on the defensive end as well. 

The Bearcats are playing a more versatile game and are riding high on the upset of the Hoyas. The shocks will not end there as they have a huge surprise in store for a Syracuse team that did not play like one of the best around on Thursday. 

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