Laugh-Out-Loud Cincy Faces Missouri in NCAA Return

6 years 9 months 1 day ago Wednesday, March 16 2011 Mar 16, 2011 Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:25:00 PM CDT March 16, 2011 in Tiger Talk
Source: The Associated Press
By: Paige Pauley

WASHINGTON (AP) - Back in the NCAA tournament for the first time in six years, Cincinnati is happy to be here - giddy, in fact.

The Bearcats were a loose crowd Wednesday, with redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick making his teammates double over in laughter as he did impersonations of coach Mick Cronin in the locker room.

Cronin says he has "one of the funniest teams on earth."

Things get more serious Thursday when the sixth-seeded Bearcats open tournament play against 11th-seeded Missouri. The game pits Cincinnati's stingy defense against the Tigers' pressure-packed style known as the "Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball."

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