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Gearing up for tourney, men's hoop team visits White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bates College men's basketball team arrived in the nation's capital on Thursday to participate in this weekend's CUA Classic at Catholic University.

The Bobcats kicked off their southerly journey with a rare treat on Friday morning: a tour of the White House, which was arranged with the help of former Bobcat Bob Lanz '65 and the office of Senator Olympia Snowe. In attendance was the entire Bobcats roster and coaching staff, along with trainer Ricky Sirois and scorekeeper Leigh Campbell. The team continued on to visit a number of Washington's other landmarks.

Currently riding a four-game win streak, the Bobcats (4-3) will take to the floor for the first time in a month on Saturday in the first round of the tournament at Catholic, with a game against the City College of New York (CCNY) Beavers at 2 p.m. Live stats will be available on the CUA website. Bates will face either Catholic or Salve Regina on Sunday afternoon.