Top 5 Sporting Events This Week

Xavier's Trevon Bluiett celebrating with the student section

Bob Stevens

1. Men’s College Basketball: Xavier University vs. Seton Hall University
After a mediocre season last year, the Musketeers are in the midst of a great year with a record of 16-2. Sat, Jan 23, 2 p.m., tickets $25–$40, Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave., Xavier University, Evanston, (513) 745-3411,

2. Mascot Broomball Exhibition Match
When they’re not running the bases or shooting hoops, mascots take to the ice to get in a workout. Mascot Broomball is a seven-year Fountain Square tradition, and with all of Cincinnati’s favorite personalities in attendance, this event is great for kids and adults alike. Sat, Jan 23, 11 a.m., Admission is free, Fountain Square, 525 Vine St., downtown, (513) 621-4400,

3. Cincinnati Hunting and Fishing Show
Get a head start on planning your spring hunting trip at this popular trade show. With information on lodges, remote hunting and fishing locations, gear, and guides, the Hunting and Fishing show is a one-stop shop for anyone who is outdoors-inclined. Don’t forget to check out the many seminars available for both kids and adults. Jan 22–24, Fri 4 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. & Sun 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Adults $12 Children 12 & under free, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown, (513) 797-7900,

4. Cincinnati Cyclones
This game against the division leaders, the Fort Wayne Komets, will be a tough one for the Cyclones. But with an Ole Smoky Moonshine Tasting happening before the puck drop and a free fleece UC Health blanket at your seat, you’ll at least walk away with some swag. Fri, Jan 22, 6:30 p.m. pre-game, 7:30 p.m. puck-drop, $35 with Moonshine Tasting, $13–$26.50 for ticket only, U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway Ave., downtown, (513) 421-4111,

5. U.S. Bank Ice Rink
If you want to extend that holiday feeling a little longer, here is your chance. Even if you’re not an experienced skater, ice skating is fun to do with a group of friends, as a couple, or with your family. The rink even has a concession stand with plenty of snacks, lockers for your shoes and bags, and skate rental for adults and kids. Open through Feb 15, Mon–Thurs 12–5p.m., Fri–Sun 12–9 p.m., $6 admission and $4 skate rental, Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., downtown, (513) 621-4400,

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