American University basketball: fun for kids, and everyone else too

I’ve been telling parents for a while that it’s a great idea to take their kids to see the American University basketball team play. Wizards games can be good but they’re expensive, depending on your seats it can be hard to see the action, and it can be very loud in the Verizon Center.

AU basketball games are a well kept secret, and would be good for kids to see to learn the game of basketball and also get involved in cheering for a local team in a manageable atmosphere.  The capacity for basketball at Bender Arena is only 4,500.

Anyway, this is almost coming too late, because there is only one definite home game remaining.

Tomorrow, Wednesday March 3 at 7:30, fourth-seeded AU hosts fifth-seeded Navy in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament. Tickets are as low as $6.  AU is 10-19 overall and 7-7 in the conference.  They made the NCAA tournament each of the last two seasons, and played Tennessee and Villanova close before those teams pulled away late in the second half of both games.

This year has been a rebuilding year, but if they beat Navy and then pull a couple of upsets, they can make the NCAA tournament.

Go to the where Nebraska Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue meet in NW Washington to American University and check out the game.  You and your kids will have a lot of fun rooting on the Eagles.


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