About 15 residents of GreenbergOpolis made the trip to Cincinnati from Tampa. Led by “Sheriff” Terry Lucas, who dressed in orange prison fatigues to mock the Bearcats’ history of run-ins with police, and the Green and Gold Guys, the group filed into the arena chanting, “Let’s go Bulls, let’s go Bulls.” In total, USF fans numbered around 50.
THE RED SEA
While there was a smattering of fans from other schools in attendance, the Bearcats took full advantage of a raucous home crowd. One look at the 17,000-seat Firstar Center revealed few colors except red.
WHAT’S FOR DIENER?
It’s a family affair for the Dieners when it comes to Conference USA basketball. Travis plays for Marquette, his cousin Drew for Saint Louis and Drew’s brother Drake for DePaul. Travis’ arrival, however, coincided with the departure of Drew, whose Billikens were bounced from the tournament by Tulane Wednesday night. But Travis and Drew can still claim bragging rights at family barbecues this year: Drake Diener’s Blue Demons were one of only two teams not to earn a trip to the tournament.
- Brandon Wright