The USC Aiken men continue their history-making championship quest tonight when they tackle Drury University in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament, and fans who couldn’t travel to Louisville, Ky., for the game are invited to a viewing party at USC Aiken’s Convocation Center at 375 Robert Bell Parkway.
“We want to give our supporters the best kind of experience that we can if they can’t make it to Kentucky,” said Brian Hand, who is USC Aiken’s sports information director and assistant athletic director for communications and promotions.
Doors will open at 8 p.m., 30 minutes before the contest’s scheduled tip-off, and there will be no charge for admission. Pizza and drinks will be available while supplies last.
The game will be live-streamed online at NCAA.com. Viewing party attendees will be able to watch it on two big screens in the Convocation Center.
“We encourage everybody to come out and enjoy the game with fellow Pacer fans,” Hand said.
USC Aiken is making its first appearance in the tournament’s Elite Eight. The Pacers advanced to the quarterfinals by winning the Southeast Regional tournament for the first time last week.
USC Aiken (25-7) is ranked No. 20 nationally and Drury of Springfield, Mo., (28-4) is ranked No. 7.
Aiken Standard Sports Editor Noah Feit is with the Pacers in Louisville and will provide complete coverage of the game in Thursday’s edition of the newspaper and online at aikenstandard.com.
He also is posting updates and observations (via the username @astvsportsfront) that can be viewed on twitter.com and aikenstandard.com.
Feit’s preview of the game appears today in the Aiken Standard on page 1B as does Sports Reporter Eric Russell’s column that offers his unique perspective on the Pacers’ unprecedented tournament triumphs. Russell is a graduate of USC Aiken.