#3 Connecticut Huskies vs. #6 Cincinnati Bearcats – March Madness Pick

The way the third-seeded Connecticut Huskies (27-9) have performed on neutral courts this year, they probably wish they could have played all of their games that way. Now the Huskies (-3) will be making history by playing one of the other 10 schools that made the NCAA tournament from the Big East Conference in the third round of the West Region on Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats (26-8) will be the opponent and try to hand UConn its first loss on a neutral court this season.

No teams from the same conference have ever met this early in the Big Dance, and another Big East squad is guaranteed to leave after Louisville, Villanova, St. John’s and Georgetown lost their second-round games. The Huskies figure to stick around after going a perfect 9-0 straight-up and against the spread in games so far at neutral sites, including titles in the Maui Invitational and the Big East tournament which they won last Saturday.

Connecticut is coming off an 81-52 rout of #14 Bucknell on Thursday behind Kemba Walker’s game-high 18 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. While Walker nearly recorded a triple-double, he did not need to dominate this game offensively like he did last week at Madison Square Garden, as teammates Roscoe Smith (17 points) and Jeremy Lamb (16) chipped in.

Cincinnati has won two of the last three meetings with UConn SU but is just 1-4 ATS in the past five games between the teams. The Bearcats lost the only meeting this season 67-59 at home on February 27 with the Huskies again not having to overly rely on Walker to carry them. He totaled 16 points while Lamb led the team with 17.

Like UConn, Cincy dominated #11 Missouri in its first game of the NCAA tournament in a 78-63 victory. The Bearcats rebounded from a brutal 89-51 loss in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament by knocking out the Tigers. Yancy Gates had a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds while Dion Dixon added 16 and six. Gates had a decent game in the last meeting with the Huskies – totaling 14 points and eight rebounds – but Dixon scored just seven in 22 minutes.

The OVER has cashed in Cincinnati’s last three games after the UNDER went 6-1 in the previous seven. The UNDER is an impressive 13-3 in the last 16 games the Bearcats have been underdogs. The opposite trend has happened for Connecticut, with the UNDER cashing in two straight games after four consecutive OVERs. The total has also gone UNDER in the last two meetings after four straight OVERs.

Pick: UNDER 130

FAST-GROWING COUNTY NEEDS WATER NEIGHBORS ASKED TO COME TO RESCUE.(West Zone)

The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH) October 30, 2003 Byline: Associated Press Officials in rapidly growing Warren County are looking to Columbus and Cincinnati for help in satisfying demands for additional water for Paramount’s Kings Island amusement park and a manufacturer that may expand.

Leaders say the county’s water plant doesn’t have enough capacity to handle the new demands and still maintain acceptable reserves. The county’s 1990 population of 113,909 had swelled to 158,383 in 2000, according to the latest census.

The Cincinnati Water Works system is offering to help, but the county is still looking to boost its own water capacity.

Sumco Phoenix Corp., a subsidiary of Sumco USA, has asked county commissioners to provide an additional 500,000 gallons of water a day needed for an expansion the company is considering at its Hamilton Township factory. website cincinnati water works

The company, which makes production equipment and statistical tools, is reviewing a 10-year, 75 percent personal property tax reduction deal offered in exchange for the expansion, which would add 320 jobs. Company officials are to announce their decision by late November.

Commissioners said they are counting on the state to provide a $5 million, low-interest loan to help the county expand its water plant if the company goes ahead with the expansion. go to web site cincinnati water works

The Ohio Department of Development intends to recommend that the independent Ohio Water Development Authority approve the loan for the project, department spokeswoman Maria Smith said Thursday.

The county has money to cover the rest of the water plant’s $7 million expansion, Commissioner Pat South said.

Kings Island in Mason also wants an additional 500,000 gallons of water a day for its Boomerang Bay, an Australian-theme water park slated to open in spring 2004.

The Cincinnati Water Works is prepared to provide the water that Kings Island wants, said David Rager, the system’s director. Kings Island can receive it through existing pipelines, park spokesman Jeffrey Siebert said.

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Photo Post photo Recent construction has left Paramount’s Kings Island thirsty for water.

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