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Unable to travel with the Knicks to Milwaukee for tonight's game, Kenyon Martin sat courtside at Madison Square Garden Tuesday and watched his alma mater, Cincinnati, beat Pittsburgh in the Jimmy V Classic.

Martin, who is sidelined at least two weeks with an abdominal strain but was recently inducted into the Bearcats' Hall of Fame, visited the Cincinnati locker room before the game and revealed some insight about the Knicks' struggles.

"It really helped that he came to the locker room to talk to the guys," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said after his teams' 44-43 win. "He was talking about the Knicks and how they are last in the league in fast-break points because they don't get stops. You have to get stops to win games and that was his message to the guys. It was good because that was my message for two days."

Martin declined to comment, but Cronin said losing -- the Knicks are 7-17 -- is "killing" the veteran big man.

"It's a tough time," Cronin said of Martin, who turns 36 Dec. 30. "I know people don't know him that well in New York. Losing is killing him and not being able to help his team is just killing him. It's killing him. But Father Time is what it is. Date of birth is a tough thing, it's hard to beat."

Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for and He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

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