Cincinnati preparing for tough Florida St defense

BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer Published:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates sees a lot of good basketball in the Big East. When he watches Florida State, he sees a team that would fit right in.

That's not a knock on the Atlantic Coast Conference, and he's not making a case for more realignment. It's just that in a conference full of talented offensive teams, the third-seeded Seminoles' defensive style really stands out.

The sixth-seeded Bearcats know it won't be easy getting by that defense that led Florida State to its first-ever ACC tournament championship a week ago. Florida State (25-9) and Cincinnati (25-10) meet Sunday night in the third round of the NCAA tournament's East Regional. The winner will face No. 2 seed Ohio State in Pittsburgh on Thursday in the round of 16.