Scientists are still puzzled by the contents of the modern basketball and believe it to be filled either with helium or several baseballs. Contemplate this conundrum with today's Groupon from the University of Cincinnati Bearcats: for $25, you get one upper-level chair-back ticket to the February 13 men's basketball game against the St. John's Red Storm; one upper-level bleacher ticket to the March 5 men's basketball game against the Georgetown Hoyas; and four admission vouchers for the remaining women's basketball home games (a $74 total value).
With fifth-year headman Mick Cronin at the helm, the University of Cincinnati's determined dribblers punish opponents drawn from a rogue's gallery of one of college basketball's most competitive conferences. Junior duo Dion Dixon and Yancy Gates strike like lightning and thunder, with Dixon draining quick buckets as Gates rumbles forth with stingy defensive measures including vicious blocks and batteries of anti-dunk missiles. From the upper level of Fifth Third Arena, courtwatchers catch the hardwood vapors during games against two Big East foes. The revenge-minded St. John's Red Storm will look to redress the grievance of their earlier loss to the Bearcats during their February 13 tilt; later, the Georgetown Hoyas coast in on Washington D.C.'s warm spring winds for a March 5 contest that could determine Big East Tournament seeding, national rankings, and whether seersucker jerseys can be worn before Memorial Day.
In addition to rooting on dude dunkers, Groupon holders can also lend their support to coach Jamelle Elliott and the Lady Bearcats with four vouchers good for tickets to the remaining women's basketball home games against Big East rivals including the Seton Hall Pirates, Providence Lady Friars, and Syracuse Fightin' Bookbinders.
The Cincinnati Enquirer recently interviewed University of Cincinnati men's basketball coach Mick Cronin about this season's prospects.
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.
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