Suspended Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates apologized to everyone, from his family to his entire hometown, for throwing punches that left much more than just a bloody gash below the eye of a Xavier player.
Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates got a six-game suspension on Sunday for throwing punches during a brawl with No. 8 Xavier in the closing minute of their annual crosstown rivalry game.
Spend five minutes in the Cincinnati Bearcats’ locker room and you can easily forget their 48-point loss in the Big East tournament and easily remember that this team won its first 15 games this season. That was the team that showed up at Verizon Center on Thursday night, as sixth-seeded Cincinnati rolled over 11th-seeded Missouri 78-63 to set up a date with conference rival UConn on Saturday.
Power forward Yancy Gates was feuding with the coach and hardly getting onto the court. Cincinnati appeared headed for another late-season meltdown that would keep it out of the NCAA tournament again.