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Big East Tournament 2011: Cincinnati Downs South Florida, Advances To Meet Notre Dame

Led by Yancy Gates' career-high 25 points, Cincinnati downed South Florida in easy fashion Wednesday night in the second round of the 2011 Big East Tournament, 87-61. The Bearcats (24-7) advanced to the Big East quarterfinals, where they'll me No. 2 seed Notre Dame. 

The Bulls' 2010-11 regular season comes to an with the loss (10-23). They were paced by Augustus Gilchrist's 16 points. 

Gates was nearly perfect from the field, going 10-for-11 in his 23 minutes played. The Bearcats have now won five of their last six, with three of those wins coming against ranked teams. Thursday's meeting with Notre Dame will be a rematch of their Jan. 19 meeting, when the Irish edged Cincy, 66-58. 

For more on this game, visit our team blogs, Voodoo Fire and Down The Drive

2011 Big East Tournament Schedule

Tuesday, March 8 - First Round (ESPN2/ESPN 3D)
No. 9 Connecticut def. No. 16 DePaul, 97-71
No. 13 Rutgers def. No. 12 Seton Hall, 76-70 
No. 15 USF def. No. 10 Villanova, 70-69
No. 11 Marquette def. No. 14 Providence, 87-66

Wednesday, March 9 - Second Round (ESPN/ESPN 3D)
No. 9 Connecticut def. No. 8 Georgetown, 79-62
No. 5 St. John's def. No. 13 Rutgers, 65-63
No. 7 Cincinnati def. No. 15 USF, 87-61
No. 6 West Virginia (20-10) vs. No. 11 Marquette 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 10 - Quarterfinals (ESPN/ESPN 3D)
No. 1 Pittsburgh (27-4) vs. No. 9 Connecticut Noon
No. 4 Syracuse (25-6) vs. St. John's 2 p.m.
No. 2 Notre Dame (25-5) vs. Cincinnati 7 p.m.
No. 3 Louisville (23-8) vs. 6/11/14 winner 9 p.m.

Friday, March 11 - Semifinals (ESPN/ESPN 3D)
Thursday afternoon winners 7 p.m.
Thursday evening winners 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 12 - Championship (ESPN/ESPN 3D)
Semifinal winners 9 p.m.