Friday, January 22, 1999

UC NOTEBOOK


Students camp out for Shootout tickets

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The first spot in line was claimed at midnight.

        UC students Dirk Frantz and Nikki Gatea of Bethel, Ohio, wanted the best possible seats for the Crosstown Shootout, so that meant arriving as early as possible to secure their tickets.

        They and several friends claimed their position at midnight Wednesday, some 33 hours before student seats would be available for the Cincinnati Bearcats' Jan. 28 game against Xavier at the Shoemaker Center.

        They first set up inside the Shoe, before UC athletic officials decided the line should not officially form before 5 p.m. Thursday. They and several others who lined up behind them were temporarily moved into the Laurence Gym and ultimately were asked to wait outside the building for several hours.

        Student Peter Donikowski complained about the nature of the system that he believes does not reward dedicated fans who attend most or all the games. “Every single year,” he said, “UC tries their hardest to make this difficult.”

        NUMEROLOGY: UC's 11 wins at Freedom Hall are the most of any Cardinals opponent on their home floor.

        • The Bearcats are now 4-0 against ranked opponents - Louisville, Rhode Island, Duke and Minnesota. None of those were played at home.

        • Bearcats senior guard Melvin Levett has 909 points after scoring 18 Thursday night. At his current scoring rate, he will become UC's 37th 1,000-point scorer when the team visits Saint Louis Feb. 14.

       



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