OPENING FESTIVITIES
    Cincinnati
    Saturday, Oct. 12, Shoemaker Center
    8:30 a.m.: Doors open for “Breakfast with Bob.”
    9:30 a.m.: Introduction of men's basketball players, drills, brief scrimmage.
    Admission: Free. There will be free continental breakfast items, and UC basketball posters will be given out.

    Kentucky
    Friday, Oct. 11
    Memorial Coliseum, Lexington
    7 p.m.: UK-Tennessee volleyball match, free admission.
    10:30 p.m.: Doors re-open for Big Blue Madness (only to those holding free tickets).
    11 p.m.: Fan contests, video presentation highlighting 100-year anniversary of UK basketball, introduction of women's basketball team.
    12:01 a.m.: UK men's basketball team is introduced.
    Admission: Ticket distribution for the general public began Saturday. If any remain, they can be reserved online at www.ukathletics.com. There's a $2 service fee for all Internet orders.

    Miami
    Friday, Oct. 11, Withrow Court
    10 p.m.: Doors open.
    10:30 p.m.: Contests, giveaways, autograph session.
    11 p.m.: Welcome for Miami basketball alumni.
    11:45 p.m.: Men's basketball highlight video.
    Midnight: Introduction of men's basketball team.
    Admission: Free. At 9 a.m. Saturday, there will be an open-to-the-public men's practice in the sub-gymnasium of Millet Hall.

    Xavier
    Sunday, Oct. 20, Cintas Center
    4 p.m.: Doors open.
    5 p.m.: Women's scrimmage.
    6 p.m.: Men's scrimmage.
    Admission: Free.

Sunday, October 06, 2002

Get ready, college basketball fans



By Michael Perry, mperry@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It all starts for real in six days. Saturday is when Division I college basketball teams can begin practicing; until then it's a steady diet of weightlifting, conditioning and open gym.

        As always, there are plenty of storylines for fans in the Tristate to follow:

        The obvious question for Cincinnati is when -- or whether -- ailing coach Bob Huggins can return to the sideline. It is because of Huggins' reputation and the recent history of the program that UC is ranked in the top 25 of many preseason polls. The Bearcats must replace four starters from last year's 31-4 team.

        Xavier is ranked in the top 10 in several preseason polls. XU could have its first first-team All-American (David West) and will be looking to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second time.

        Miami, with four starters back, will try to avoid back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1988-89 and 1989-90. In the three seasons since the RedHawks' 1999 NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, they are 45-49.

        Kentucky is trying to regain top-10 status after finishing with double-digit losses in each of the past three seasons, the first such stretch in school history. The biggest reason to believe is UK's experience; Tubby Smith will have three seniors and five juniors.

        Neil Schmidt contributed to this report.

       



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