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Allstate Sugar Bowl to Sponsor Crosstown Basketball Classic

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


The Allstate Sugar Bowl will sponsor the 2010 Crosstown Classic, a collegiate basketball doubleheader slated for Saturday, Feb. 20 at The Barn, Xavier's home gym. The Classic features longtime New Orleans, HBCU and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference rivals Xavier University of Louisiana and Dillard University. The event tips off with the women's teams playing at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic will go on sale Tuesday (Feb. 9) at The Barn. General admission will cost $10. Tickets for children younger than 12 will cost $3. Xavier students can purchase one ticket for $5 with a valid Xavier identification card. The discounted student tickets will be available Feb. 9-12 at The Barn during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Student tickets will cost $10 after Feb. 12. No passes or pass list will be honored for this event.

"We're proud to sponsor the Crosstown Classic again this year," said Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan. "The Sugar Bowl has been part of the city's sports culture for over 75 years and we're excited to partner with the unique history and tradition of the Xavier-Dillard rivalry that has been such an important part of the New Orleans sports landscape for over 50 years now."

This will be the second Xavier-Dillard doubleheader sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The schools met in the New Orleans Arena last year with Xavier sweeping the doubleheader.

"We at Xavier thank the Allstate Sugar Bowl organization for their continued investment and support of Xavier University," Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis said. "The gift is truly appreciated and will continue to assist the university in its historic mission of educating deserving students."

Because of limited seating in the Xavier gymnasium, there will be a free and live closed-circuit broadcast of the doubleheader at Xavier's University Center in the third-floor ballroom. Only those with a valid Xavier identification card may attend the viewing at the UC.

The historic rivalry between the two schools began on Jan. 17, 1948 when the men's basketball teams clashed on the hardwood. This year's meeting with be the 117th in history between the Gold Rush and the Blue Devils. Xavier and Dillard first met in women's basketball action during the 1977-78 season. The Gold Nuggets and Lady Blue Devils have played 68 times.

Three players in the XU-DU men's series reached the NBA. Xavier's Donald "Slick" Watts played six seasons with three NBA teams from 1973-79. Watts was the first to lead the NBA in assists and steals in the same season (1975-76). Gold Rush teammate Bruce Seals played three NBA seasons (1975-78) after two seasons in the ABA. And Dillard's George Johnson played 13 seasons with six NBA teams from 1972-86 and ranks 13th in the NBA with 2,082 career blocked shots. Johnson was a member of the Golden State Warriors' 1975 NBA championship team, and Seals played in the NBA Finals in 1978 with the Seattle SuperSonics.


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