Cincinnati Bearcats Basketball Tickets
With the Big East Conference shakeup, things may look a
little different on the college basketball landscape, but no matter which conference they are in, the Cincinnati Bearcats
are a team with a storied legacy that continues to find success. As they head into the 2014 season as a member of the newly
formed American Athletic Conference, the Bearcats have a lot to prove. The Cincinnati Bearcats are honored to play in one
of the premier preseason events, the Jimmy V Classic, named after the beloved coach Jim Valvano. On December 17, the Bearcats
square off against their old Big East rival, the Pittsburgh Panthers at Madison Square Garden. What better backdrop for this
wonderful event then the most celebrated arena in the world.
As the American Athletic Conference opens, the Bearcats
will host another familiar foe, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on January 11. New Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan brings in a squad
desperate to make a splash in their new conference with their newest Scarlet Knight, J.J. Moore, a transfer from Pitt.
game Bearcats fans won't want to miss is the February 22 matchup against projected frontrunner Louisville Cardinals. Rick
Pitino's team is picked to dominate The American, so the Bearcats will battle for supremacy with a win that could mean a lot
The newly formed American Athletic Conference is now the home of many former Big
East schools, like University of Connecticut, University of Louisville, Rutgers University, and South Florida. The Big East
has been in a tumultuous state for many years, with clashes between programs that had football programs and those that did
not. The newly formed American Athletic Conference boasts schools from Texas to Florida all the way to Connecticut. The dynamic
conference will be one of the best in men's college basketball with year, with teams like Louisville and UConn as perennial
Top Ten teams. The Cincinnati Bearcats are looking to gain ground in this new look conference, where they will meet old rivals,
like the University of Connecticut Huskies, and new ones like the Memphis Tigers.
The main rivalry
for the Cincinnati Bearcats comes from a foe just three miles away. The duels between the Bearcats and their cross town rivals,
the Xavier Musketeers, have always been bitter, engulfing the city the entire week before the Crosstown Shootout. In 2011,
the rivalry hit a low point when a benches clearing brawl broke out with less than 10 seconds left in the game. The brawl
led to suspensions for those involved, but the event, now known as the Crosstown Classic, is still one of the premier rivalries
in all of college basketball. Like the states of Kentucky or North Carolina, the city of Cincinnati has a line drawn down
the middle, either you support the Bearcats or the Musketeers.
The rivalry of the Cincinnati Bearcats and Louisville
Cardinals men's basketball teams is rich and storied, but is threatened by the shifting of conferences in the NCAA. The rivalry
of these two storied programs dates back to their roots in Conference USA then carried over into the Big East Conference,
where they both played from 2005-2013. This rivalry now faces an uncertain future, with Louisville moving to the ACC after
the 2014 season.
One of the most dominant players in the history of the sport of basketball,
college or pro, is Cincinnati Bearcat alum Oscar Robertson. While at Cincinnati, Robertson averaged 33.8 points a game and
set 14 NCAA records. His time as a Bearcat launched the university's basketball program into the national scene, with tournament
appearances in 1958, 1959 and 1960. After Robertson left Cincinnati and moved on to his illustrious Hall of Fame NBA career,
the program continued to thrive, with the Bearcats defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes to win the national championship two
years in a row in 1961 and 1962.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have been a major program ever since, hitting another period
of incredible success under Coach Bob Huggins from 1991-2005. Under Huggins' watch, the Bearcats went 398-128, making it to
the NCAA Tournament 14 out of 16 seasons. The Bearcats are currently on another tournament streak, with the program making
the Big Dance the last 3 years.
The most famous Cincinnati Bearcat alumni is the incomparable
Oscar Robertson, who helped put the Bearcts program on the map in the late 1950's with his dominating play and penchant for
scoring. He was just as dominant in the NBA, playing for the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. Robertson was so revered
as a collegiate player that they renamed the Men's College Basketball Division I Player of the Year Award after him. Robertson
went to win an NBA title in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks on a team that also featured Hall of Famer Lew Alcindor (Kareem
Abdul-Jabar). Oscar Robertson is a 12 time NBA All Star, Rookie of the Year, and NBA MVP.
Other notable Bearcats who
have played in the NBA are current New York Knick Kenyon Martin, Detroit Piston's forward Jason Maxiell, and former Laker
and Nuggets star Nick Van Exel.
One of the most thrilling college basketball games ever
played was a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Bradley University Braves in 1981. How many overtimes did they play
to beat the Braves?
It took seven overtimes for the Bearcats to down the Braves with a surprisingly low final score