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SI: Cintas Center one of CBB's 'Best kept secrets'

Cintas Center (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Brad Hawley) Cintas Center (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Brad Hawley)
'The Lookout' (PHOTO: Xavier Athletics) 'The Lookout' (PHOTO: Xavier Athletics)
NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) -

The home of the Xavier Musketeers is a hidden gem in the college basketball landscape, according to Sports Illustrated.  

The Cintas Center has been home to the Muskies since November of 2000. XU is 215-31 at home during that time, trailing only Gonzaga, Kentucky and Louisville as best active home court winning percentages in NCAA Division I men's basketball. 

"Xavier's quaint on-campus arena has become one of the most imposing home courts-and best kept secrets-in college basketball," wirtes Brent Raines of Sports Illustrated

Xavier's Senior Day against Creighton will mark X with the team's 11th sell-out this season, the most in program history. XU has sold-out 137 of the 246 games played at Cintas Center, according to SI.

 

The university hopes a face lift will add to the experience inside Cintas. Renovations began on the Cintas Center last week with the new strength and conditioning area.  

Most of the work inside the arena take place in the summer of 2017. The new look will feature 'The Lookout' which will include 200 extra seats above the student section. 

"The Lookout will close the bowl and put seats almost on top of the visiting team," Xavier's AD Greg Christopher told FOX19 NOW. "It's about the best experience possible our fans and also a great social setting, too."

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