Musketeer Madness to Tip-Off 2012-13 Basketball Seasons on October 20th

Sept. 28, 2012

CINCINNATI - Xavier University will be hosting its annual Musketeer Madness presented by Skyline Chili on Saturday, October 20 at Cintas Center. Musketeer Madness is the tip-off event for fans as the men's and women's basketball teams gear up for the 2012-13 seasons.

This year's event is free to the public and features a Fan Fest on the Plaza in front of Cintas Center starting at 4 p.m. Fans will have the chance to get autographs from both men's and women's basketball teams from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Other activities include inflatable games for kids, corn hole, and much more! Skyline Chili and Trauth Dairy/Dean Foods will be on hand to serve Cincinnati's favorite chili and ice cream. Coca-Cola, KISS 107 and FOX Sports Ohio will also be at the event with promotional giveaways and activities.

The madness will continue inside Cintas Center at 6:00 p.m. as both basketball teams will be introduced to the fans on stage with a light show at 6:20 p.m. Introductions will be followed by student contests, skill activities and conclude with an intra-squad scrimmage for both teams. The Xavier pep band, cheerleaders and dance team will also be on hand to help kick off the season during Family Weekend for Xavier University.

To continue with last year's tradition, the first 500 Xavier students will be extra-close to the excitement. Floor seating will be available exclusively to the first 500 students to reserve their seat by picking up a ticket at the Cintas Center event ticket window at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15. Full-time undergraduate students will need to present a valid All-Card and may pick-up tickets for other students by showing their All-Card. Limit 4 All-Cards. Only one ticket per All-Card. Students receiving a ticket will also receive a special commemorative Musketeer Madness t-shirt at the event.

One student will be randomly selected to participate in a shooting contest for a chance to win $10,000.

The 2012-13 edition of the X-shirt will also be unveiled and be available for purchase for $20 at the X-Store. Xavier students with valid All-Cards can purchase the 2012-13 X-Shirt for a $4 discount at Musketeer Madness and will be available to purchase on the concourse near the X-Store. This year a portion of each sale will be donated to the All For One Club. The All For One Club is a charitable giving program that benefits all 18 Xavier University athletic programs and strives to develop Xavier student-athletes beyond the playing field. To learn more about AFO click here.

In addition, members from each basketball team will be hosting an exclusive Junior Musketeers Club members-only clinic from 4-5 p.m. in the Kohlhepp Family Auxiliary Gym. Sign up for Junior Musketeers today to take part in this FREE members-only event! Click here for more information.

Fans will also be able to purchase season tickets and mini-packs for both men's and women's basketball at the ticket windows at the front of Cintas Center.