(13) Cincinnati 55

(24-6, 12-4 C-USA)

DePaul 50

(21-9, 12-4 C-USA)

    11:41 AM ET, March 13, 2004

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    #13CIN 37 1855
    DEP 23 2750

    No. 12 Cincinnati (23-6) at DePaul (21-8) 11:45 am EST

    CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- No. 12 Cincinnati tries for its fourth Conference USA tournament title on Saturday when it faces DePaul at U.S. Bank Arena.

    The Bearcats have won the conference tournament three times since the league was formed in 1995. They last won it in 2002, when they defeated Marquette in the final.

    Cincinnati has never faced DePaul in the conference tournament but has a 26-11 advantage in the all-time series. The teams split two meetings this season, with each team winning on its home floor.

    The Bearcats (23-6) advanced to the semifinals using a dominant inside game to roll to a 66-46 victory over Saint Louis on Friday.

    Tony Bobbitt scored 12 points and Nick Williams added 11 off the bench for Cincinnati, which pulled away with 19 straight points in the second half. The Bearcats made 16-of-27 shots after intermission.

    James White, Jason Maxiell and Kareem Johnson had eight rebounds apiece as the Bearcats held a 43-30 advantage on the glass.

    DePaul (21-8), which is the top seed in the tournament, is in the conference final for the first time since losing to Saint Louis in 2000.

    The Blue Demons has won 14 of 16 games, including six in a row for their longest win ing streak since January 28 to February 19, 1995.

    DePaul improved to 6-7 all-time in the Conference USA tournament with a 75-74 overtime victory over UAB on Friday.

    Delonte Holland scored 21 points, burying a pair of free throws with 5.1 seconds remaining, as the Blue Demons rallied from a 16-point deficit.


    School Info

    Conference American Big East
    Nickname Bearcats Blue Demons
    Type Public Private

    2003-04 Season

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