Humans have been putting spherical objects in hoops for centuries, but until the invention of the dunk, the fast break, and face dribbling, it wasn’t an activity worth watching. See if “basketball” lives up to the hype with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get a college-basketball package to see the University of Cincinnati Bearcats play at Fifth Third Arena (up to a $91 total value). The package includes the following:
- Two 200-level chair-back tickets to one men’s basketball game (up to a $71 value, including all fees). Choose from the following men’s basketball games:
- Against DePaul on Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m.
- Against Providence on Wednesday, February 15, at 9 p.m.
- Against Seton Hall on Saturday, February 18, at 4 p.m.
Against Marquette on Wednesday, February 29, at 7 p.m.<p>
- Four general-admission tickets to any women’s basketball home game (a $20 value).<p>
The University of Cincinnati Bearcats assert their place in the NCAA Big East with a men’s basketball program that has worn the conference crown 26 times. After falling in the third round of the 2011 NCAA tournament to eventual tournament champions Connecticut, this season’s squad of Bearcats sets its sights on another deep tourney run. Guard Dion Dixon prowls the backcourt and dishes down low to forward Yancy Gates, who stands 3 inches shy of 7 feet and one merit badge short of being an Eagle Scout. In February, as March Madness hovers on the horizon and as the Bearcats’ Big East foes fortify their defenses, fans witness hardcourt orchestra to the tune of fast-break beginnings and slam-dunk denouements.
With an impressive 6:0 start to the season, the women’s basketball team hopes to sail into the New Year with its immaculate history intact. Senior Bjonee Reaves leads the Bearcats on the court, backed by a record that’s seen her regularly carry off double-digit point totals on her own, and third-year head coach Jamelle Elliott helms the five-on-five ship from the sidelines, much like a hydrophobic sea captain.
With 10 national championships to their name and another 76 conference titles to boot, the Cincinnati Bearcats boast more than century of athletic tradition. Though the student athletes thrive in many different sports, the basketball program—which won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1961 and 1962—is the school's crown jewel. Before embarking on a professional career that earned him a spot among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, The Big O cut his hard-court skills for the Bearcats, averaging a staggering 33.8 points per game in his three years at UC. In more recent years, the Bearcats football team has enjoyed its own run as a true contender, earning bowl berths in 2009, 2011, and 2012. In both 2011 and 2012, the squad pounced on their postseason opponents, taking home glittering trophies to use as tackling dummies in training camp.