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Mizzou bounced by Cincinnati in NCAA Tournament Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) - Yancy Gates had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and

Cincinnati made a successful return to the NCAA tournament Thursday

night with a 78-63 win over Missouri.

The sixth-seeded Bearcats used their stalwart defense to hold

the run-all-the-time Tigers to 29 percent shooting in the first

half and 38 percent for the game. Missouri went some 11 minutes

without scoring a field goal to fall behind by 15 early in the

second half and finished well below their average of 81.4 points

per game.

Cincinnati (26-8) will face Connecticut on Saturday in a rare

early round matchup of Big East teams, necessitated by the

conference's record 11 bids to this year's tournament.

The Bearcats last played in the NCAAs in 2005 - before coach Bob

Huggins' messy departure.

Ricardo Ratliffe scored 13 points for the Tigers (23-11).

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