Bearcats back at Mil­lett Hall for first time since 1993

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By Pete Con­rad Staff Writer

OX­FORD — Af­ter all the hype of the Cincin­nati Bearcats’ long-awaited re­turn to Mil­lett Hall, Mi­ami Uni­ver­sity bas­ket­ball coach Char­lie Coles is keep­ing his fin­gers crossed.

He hopes for a vic­tory for his RedHawks, sure.

But Coles’ first con­cern is that he doesn’t want the fans of ei­ther side to be dis­ap­pointed.

“Hope­fully it will feel good, and when I say that, there is an obli­ga­tion for

To­day’s game Who:

Cincin­nati Bearcats (10-0) at Mi­ami RedHawks (5-6)

When:

TV: Sport­sTime Ohio

Ra­dio:

7 p.m.

Where:

Mil­lett Hall

WMOH-AM (1450), WPFB-FM (105.9), WLW-AM (700) us to do a good job of play­ing as hard as we can play and pro­vide the fans with a good game,” Coles said. “There have been times when we haven’t given our best ef­fort.”

Mi­ami has scored more than 60 points in just four of its first 11 games and is com­ing off a 66-51 loss to Wright State.

And it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily bode well for the RedHawks that they’ll face a UC team that held Day­ton to just 34 points ear­lier this sea­son.

Still, Coles said it’s good to have a fa­mil­iar foe back in Ox­ford.

“It’s been a long time since the mighty Bearcats have been in our gym,” he said. “We want to put on a good show. I’m a lit­tle wor­ried about that.

“Hope­fully it’ll be a good night for all the fans, Mi­ami fans and UC fans,” he said. “I think it’s good to have area foes.”

It has been al­most 18 years since the Bearcats played at Mil­lett Hall, when UC beat Mi­ami 74-68 in over­time on Feb. 1, 1993.

“I want to thank Mick Cronin,” Coles said of the Cincin­nati coach. “(For­mer UC coach) Bob Hug­gins, he came up here the last time and wouldn’t do it again. Mick’s do­ing it, and I think he’s do­ing it be­cause of his re­la­tion­ship with our coaches.”

The Bearcats are one of just nine un­de­feated teams re­main­ing in Di­vi­sion I — and five of those teams are on Mi­ami’s sched­ule, in­clud­ing Duke, Ohio State, Kansas and San Diego State.

“It’s prob­a­bly the best team he’s had since he’s been there,” Coles said of Cronin. “He’s had to re­build that pro­gram, and I think he’s done a good job of it.”

Cincin­nati has won its last 11 games against Mi­ami, and the odds­mak­ers have made the Bearcats a 7-point fa­vorite in this one.

“We’ve got to grow up a lit­tle bit bet­ter,” Coles said. “I still be­lieve we’ll have a good team sooner or later, and I hope it’s sooner. I be­lieve there’s a good team in that locker room.” Con­tact this re­porter at (513) 820-2197 or pcon­rad@cox­o­hio.com.

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