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Hoops Hysteria

Caroline Purtell

Before the men’s basketball team took the court in the second game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, 500 alumni and their families gathered at the Montgomery Inn Banquet Center to support the Musketeers. Cincinnati chapter president Ron Henline, University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., and Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken greeted the crowd. Instead of a traditional raffle, attendees found winning tickets under their chairs, redeemable for a Sean Miller-autographed basketball, shirts, hats and other Xavier gear. After the reception, fans walked the short distance from the banquet center to the U.S. Bank Arena, where the tournament took place.

“Every time the team makes it into the A-10 championship, there’s a lot of excitement over the possibility of getting into the NCAA tournament,” says Matt Tripepi, assistant director for alumni chapters. “We like to take advantage of that enthusiasm.”

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