Xavier Musketeers men's basketball
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (March 2009)|
|University||Xavier University (Cincinnati)|
|Head coach||Chris Mack (5th year)|
Navy and White
The Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team represents Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Big East Conference. The Musketeers are currently coached by Chris Mack, in his third season after being both an assistant coach and former player at Xavier.
Over the past 15 years, Xavier has continued to separate itself as one of the country's premier college basketball programs, coming up just short of the likes of Indiana and Michigan State. Xavier made its seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012 and its eleventh in the last 12 years.
Xavier made its 24th postseason appearance in the last 28 years, including its 20th NCAA Tournament berth during that time. XU only made the NCAA Tournament field one time (1961) before the 1982-83 season.
Xavier, with a school record 30-7 for the 2007-08 season and 27-8 for the 2008-09 season, has recorded five straight 20-win seasons and 13 in the last 14 years. XU has won 25 games or more each of the last four years.
Xavier has won four Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships in its first 15 seasons in the A-10 (1998, 2002, 2004 and 2006). Xavier has won or shared 15 regular season conference championships over the last 28 years(eight A-10 and seven MCC), while winning 10 conference tournament championships (four A-10 and six MCC).
Xavier is one of only two non-BCS schools to be listed among the top-20 most valuable college basketball programs in the US.
- 1 History
- 2 Home Court
- 3 Postseason
- 4 Players
- 5 Coaching history
- 6 Basketball and academics
- 7 Program highlights
- 8 Rivalries
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The first Xavier Basketball game on record was February 20, 1920 at the Fenwick Club in Cincinnati, OH. Coached by Joe Meyer, the Musketeers compiled a 94-52 record during Meyer's 13-year run as head coach from 1920 to 1933. The Musketeer's success continued under second head coach Clem Crowe. During Crowe's 10 years as Xavier head coach, Xavier compiled a record of 96-78. Crowe's 96 wins as a head coach rank fourth all-time among Xavier head coaches.
Following the 1942-43 season, play was suspended for the following two seasons because of World War 2. In 1945 the program resumed under the leadership of head coach Ed Burns. In his one season as head coach, Burns compiled a record of 3-16.
In 1946, Burns was replaced by Lew Hirt. Under Hirt, the Musketeers first post season appearance was in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) during the 1948 NAIA National Basketball Tournament, the national tournament for small colleges. Xavier finished in 4th place, losing to Hamline University in the national third-place game, 58–59. 1948 was the only year Xavier appeared in the NAIA Tournament.
In 1951, Hirt was replaced as head coach by Ned Wulk. Wulk guided the Musketeers to National Invitational Tournament appearances in 1956 and 1957. The 1956 appearance marked Xavier's first NIT win, an 84–80 victory over Saint Louis University.
After a loss to Bradley in the 1957 NIT, Hirt was replaced as head coach by Jim McCafferty. McCafferty led the Musketeers back to a third straight NIT. With wins over Niagara, Bradley, Saint Bonaventure and Dayton, Xavier captured the NIT. That was the first post-season championship won by any Ohio Division I school.
In 1961, McCafferty led Xavier to their first appearance in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. On March 14, 1961, Xavier fell to Morhead at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville, Kentucky.
McCafferty was replaced as head coach in 1963. He would be followed by Don Ruberg (1963–67), George Krajack (1967–71), Dick Campbell (1971–73) and Tay Baker (1973–79).
In 1979, Xavier was one of the charter members of the Midwestern City Conference (nicknamed the MCC or Midwestern City 6, and now known as the Horizon League), which also included Butler, Evansville, Loyola (Chicago), Oklahoma City, and Oral Roberts. That year also marked the hiring of head coach Bob Staak, who compiled an 88–86 record during his six seasons as head coach, including a return to both the NCAA Tournament and NIT.
Pete Gillen era
1985 once again marked considerable change for the program. In addition to the hiring of head coach Pete Gillen, the Midwestern City Conference altered its name slightly to the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, adding more teams including Detroit, Notre Dame (excluding men's basketball and football), Saint Louis, Marquette and Dayton. The MCC is the predecessor to the present-day Horizon League. Xavier was a member of the MCC from 1979–1995 and won eight regular season and six conference tournament championships.
From 1985 to 1994, Gillen compiled a 202–75 record, including the program's first five wins in the NCAA Tournament. The Musketeers advanced to the NCAA Tournament in six of Gillen's nine years at the helm. In 1990, Xavier beat Kansas State and future Big East colleagues Georgetown to advance to the program's first Sweet Sixteen
Skip Prosser era
Skip Prosser was hired in the spring of 1994 to replace departed head coach Pete Gillen. In his 7 seasons as head coach, Prosser compiled a 148-65 record with four NCAA Tournament appearances. Prosser’s 148 wins are second all-time at Xavier behind only Gillen. During his seven seasons at Xavier, Prosser continued to build on the momentum Gillen had created. Early in his tenure, Prosser added recruits Gary Lumpkin, Darnell Williams, Lenny Brown and James Posey. Those four players provided the core of Prosser’s success during his time at Xavier. After missing the NCAA Tournament in both 1999 and 2000, Xavier returned to the tournament in 2001. Following a loss to Notre Dame in the tournament’s first round, Prosser accepted the position of head coach at Wake Forest.
Thad Matta era
Thad Matta left alma mater Butler to replace Skip Prosser as Xavier’s head coach. Hired with only one year of head coaching experience, Matta inherited a talented core of players in David West, Lionel Chalmers, and Romain Sato. During his three years at the helm, Matta compiled a record of 78–23, with three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and Xavier’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Matta won two Atlantic 10 regular-season championships in his first two years behind the play of National Player of the Year David West. Following Matta’s second year, West was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. With West’s departure, seniors Lionel Chalmers, Romain Sato and Anthony Myles became the team’s cornerstone for the 2003–2004 season. After a 10-9 start, Xavier closed the season by winning 16 of its last 18 games. “The Run”, as it became known, left Xavier 3 points shy of making the program’s first NCAA Final Four appearance.
Sean Miller era
The summer following Xavier’s first Elite Eight appearance, Matta was offered and accepted the position of head men’s basketball coach at Ohio State. Xavier Athletic Director Dawn Rogers quickly promoted Xavier Associate Head Coach Sean Miller. From 2004 to 2009, Miller compiled a record of 120-47. Advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 4 of his five seasons as head coach, Miller led the Musketeers to another Elite Eight appearance in 2008 and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2009. During Miller’s tenure as head coach, Xavier continued to shed the “mid-major” label and separate itself as one of the country’s premier college basketball programs. Miller’s NCAA Tournament success, aggressive non-conference scheduling and national recruiting allowed Xavier to be recognized with the likes of Memphis and Gonzaga as one of the premier “Non-BCS” basketball programs. After turning away interest from many programs, Sean Miller left Xavier to become the head basketball coach at Arizona.
Chris Mack era
On April 15, 2009, Xavier's Athletic Director named Xavier Assistant Coach Chris Mack as the 17th head basketball coach in the program’s history. A Cincinnati native and Xavier graduate, Mack compiled a record of 26-9 in his first year as head coach. Behind the play of 2010 NBA Draft pick Jordan Crawford, Xavier advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen for a third straight season. Chris Mack, the 2009-10 Basketball Times Rookie Coach of the Year., is the first Xavier head coach to lead the Musketeers to the NCAA Sweet 16 in his first season at the helm. With a 14–2 record in Atlantic 10 play, Xavier also won a share of their fourth straight conference championship.
Year-by-year breakdown since 1982
|Year||Record||Conference||Postseason||Attendance / sellouts|
|2014–15||23-13||9-9 (Sixth in Big East)||NCAA Sweet 16||9,998 (9/16)|
|2013–14||21-12||10-8 (Third in Big East)||NCAA Tournament||9,929 (7/16)|
|2012–13||17-14||9-7 (Sixth in A–10)||-|
|2011–12||21-12||10-6 (T-Third in A–10)||NCAA Sweet 16||10,154 (10/16)|
|2010–11||24–8||15–1 (First in A–10)||NCAA Tournament||10,098 (9/16)|
|2009–10||26–9||14–2 (T–First in A–10)||NCAA Sweet 16||10,123 (7/15)|
|2008–09||27–8||12–4 (First in A–10)||NCAA Sweet 16||10,097 (11/15)|
|2007–08||30–7||14–2 (First in A–10)||NCAA Elite Eight||10,008 (9/17)|
|2006–07||25–9||13–3 (T–First in A–10)||NCAA Second Round||9,910 (5/15)|
|2005–06||21–11||8–8 (T–Seventh in A–10)*||NCAA Tournament||9,775 (4/15)|
|2004–05||17–12||10–6 (T–Second in A–10 West)||10,027 (7/16)|
|2003–04||26–11||10–6 (T–Third in A–10 West)*||NCAA Elite Eight||9,902 (8/16)|
|2002–03||26–6||15–1 (First in A–10 West)||NCAA Second Round||10,181 (14/15)|
|2001–02||26–6||14–2 (First in A–10 West)*||NCAA Second Round||10,224 (13/14)|
|2000–01||21–8||12–4 (T–Second in A–10)||NCAA Tournament||10,072 (12/14)|
|1999–00||21–12||9–7 (T–Second in A–10 West)||NIT Second Round||9,072 (4/15)|
|1998–99||25–11||12–4 (Second in A–10 West)||NIT Third Place||9,540 (6/16)|
|1997–98||22–8||11–5 (T–First in A–10 West)*||NCAA Tournament||9,924 (10/14)|
|1996–97||23–6||13–3 (First in A–10 West)||NCAA Second Round||9,436 (5/14)|
|1995–96||13–15||8–8 (Third in A–10 West)||8,871 (5/14)|
|1994–95||23–5||14–0 (First in MCC)||NCAA Tournament||8,201 (2/14)|
|1993–94||22–8||8–2 (First in MCC)||NIT Quarterfinals||6,943 (1/16)|
|1992–93||24–6||12–2 (T–First in MCC)||NCAA Second Round||7,236 (1/13)|
|1991–92||15–12||7–3 (T–Second in MCC)||8,296 (1/14)|
|1990–91||22–10||11–3 (First in MCC)*||NCAA Second Round||6,812 (1/15)|
|1989–90||28–5||12–2 (First in MCC)||NCAA Sweet 16||7,757 (2/14)|
|1988–89||21–12||7–5 (Third in MCC)*||NCAA Tournament||4,411 (0/15)|
|1987–88||26–4||9–1 (First in MCC)*||NCAA Tournament||5,853 (1/15)|
|1986–87||19–13||7–5 (T–Third in MCC)*||NCAA Second Round||3,213 (0/15)|
|1985–86||25–5||10–2 (First in MCC)*||NCAA Tournament||5,171 (1/14)|
|1984–85||16–13||7–7 (Fifth in MCC)||4,644 (0/13)|
|1983–84||22–11||9–5 (Third in MCC)||NIT Quarterfinals||4,788 (0/15)|
|1982–83||22–8||10–4 (T–Second in MCC)*||NCAA Tournament||3,002 (0/15)|
- "*"Indicates won conference tournament championship.
- Chart data
Xavier plays its home games at the Cintas Center, a 10,250 seat multi-purpose arena that opened in 2000. The Cintas Center is the team's fifth home site. Xavier has compiled a 135-17 (.888) record for its first 10 seasons in its on-campus home. Xavier enjoyed a 15-0 mark at Cintas Center last season, its first perfect record for a season at Cintas Center.
Xavier is 70-10 (.875) against Atlantic 10 teams and 65-7 (.902) against nonconference teams since Cintas Center opened for the 2000-01 season. Xavier has won its last 34 Atlantic-10 Conference games at Cintas Center, including perfect 8-0 marks each of the last four seasons.
Xavier has averaged 10,029 fans for its 152 games at Cintas Center, while selling out 90 games, including seven in the 2009–10 season.
- Chart Data
The Xavier Musketeers played their final season at Cincinnati Gardens in 1999-2000. Located 2 miles from the Xavier Campus, the Gardens was the home court for the Xavier Musketeers since 1983-84 season.
The Xavier men’s team played all of its regular season games off campus at the Cincinnati Gardens for 17 years, beginning with the 1983-84 season and ending with an NIT game against Marquette in the 1999-2000 season. The only exception was a game against Florida International that was played at Schmidt Fieldhouse on January 9, 1988.
Xavier compiled an impressive 215-25 (.896) record after moving to the Gardens in the 1983-84 season, including 14-1 in its final season.
Prior to moving to the Cincinnati Gardens in the 1983-84 season, Xavier called Schmidt Fieldhouse home. Located on the west side of the Xavier Campus, Xavier compiled an impressive 326-129 (.716) record at the Fieldhouse.
Until opening Cintas Center, the men’s basketball team had only played one regular season game on campus since early in the 1983-84 season. Xavier scored a school-record point total in a 125-84 win over Florida International on Saturday, January 9, 1988.
Other home courts
Riverfront Coliseum and the Fenwick Club.
NCAA tournament results
The Musketeers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 25 times. Their combined record is 23–25.
|1961||First Round||Morehead State||L 66–71|
|1983||#12||Preliminary Round||#12 Alcorn State||L 75–81|
|1986||#12||First Round||#5 Alabama||L 80–97|
|1988||#11||First Round||#6 Kansas||L 72–85|
|1989||#14||First Round||#3 Michigan||L 87–92|
|#11 Kansas State
|#8 New Orleans
|1995||#11||First Round||#6 Georgetown||L 63–68|
|1998||#6||First Round||#11 Washington||L 68–69|
|2001||#11||First Round||#6 Notre Dame||L 71–83|
|#14 Troy State
#2 Mississippi State
|2006||#14||First Round||#3 Gonzaga||L 75–79|
#1 Ohio State
L 71–78 OT
#7 West Virginia
W 79–75 OT
|#13 Portland State
#2 Kansas State
L 96–101 2OT
|2011||#6||First Round||#11 Marquette||L 55–66|
|#7 Notre Dame
|2014||#12||First Four||#12 NC State||L 59–74|
|#11 Ole Miss
#14 Georgia State
NCAA Tournament seeding history
The Musketeers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) seven times. Their combined record is 15–6. They were NIT Champions in 1958.
3rd Place Game
NAIA tournament results
The Musketeers have appeared in the NAIA Tournament one time. Their record is 3–2.
3rd Place Game
New Britain State
Musketeers in the NBA
Current Xavier players in the NBA:
Xavier Players in the NBA Draft All-Time:
|1959||Hank Stein||St. Louis||3||—|
|1966||Bryan Williams||St. Louis||8||—|
|1979||Nick Daniels||Kansas City||7||145|
|1990||Tyrone Hill||Golden State||1||11|
|2003||David West||New Orleans||1||18|
|2004||Lionel Chalmers||L.A. Clippers||2||33|
|Romain Sato||San Antonio||2||52|
|2010||Jordan Crawford||+ New Jersey||1||27|
- Chart Data
|Retired Basketball Jerseys|
Class of ‘88
Class of ‘90
Class of ‘94
Class of ‘03
Former university President Fr. James Hoff has also had a "jersey" retired in memory of all that he contributed to the school and basketball program. This was unveiled before a 2004 meeting with Creighton, where Hoff was vice president of university relations and President of the Creighton Foundation. Fr. Hoff died from cancer in 2004.
|Name (Alma Mater)||Seasons||Games||Wins||Losses||Win %||NCAA Tour||NIT Tour||MCC Tour||A-10 Tour|
|Pete Gillen (Fairfield)||9 (1985–94)||277||202||75||.729||5–7||2–1||17–4||0–0|
|Skip Prosser (Merchant Marine Acad.)||7 (1994–01)||213||148||65||.695||1–4||5–2||0–1||6–5|
|Sean Miller (Pittsburgh)||5 (2004–09)||167||120||47||.719||6–4||0–0||0–0||8–4|
|Clem Crowe (Notre Dame)||10 (1933–43)||174||96||78||.552||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|Joe Meyer (Xavier)||13 (1920–33)||146||94||52||.644||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|Jim McCafferty (Loyola, La.)||6 (1957–63)||162||91||71||.562||0–1||4–0||0–0||0–0|
|Ned Wulk (LaCrosse)||6 (1951–57)||159||89||70||.560||0–0||2–2||0–0||0–0|
|Bob Staak (Connecticut)||6 (1979–85)||174||88||86||.506||0–1||2–1||7–5||0–0|
|Thad Matta (Butler)||3 (2001–04)||101||78||23||.772||5–3||0–0||0–0||8–1|
|Lew Hirt (DePauw)||5 (1946–51)||137||76||61||.555||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|Chris Mack (Xavier)||4 (2009–13)||134||90||44||.672||4–3||0–0||0–0||3–4|
|Tay Baker (Cincinnati)||6 (1973–79)||159||70||89||.440||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|Don Ruberg (Xavier)||4 (1963–67)||103||52||51||.505||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|George Krajack (Clemson)||4 (1967–71)||103||34||69||.330||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|Dick Campbell (Furman)||2 (1971–73)||52||15||37||.288||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|Ed Burns (Xavier)||1 (1945–46)||19||3||16||.158||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0|
|Harry Gilligan (Xavier)||1 (1919–20)||1||0||1||.000||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0|
- Chart Data
Basketball and academics
NCAA academic progress rate
In May 2010, the NCAA honored a school-record tying eight Xavier University athletic programs with Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence. The award is given to the top-ten percent of teams in each sport based on the NCAA Academic Progress Rate. The APR is a term-by-term progress for every student-athlete in Division I athletics. Out of the 65 teams to make the 2010 NCAA Tournament Xavier had the 11th highest Academic Progress Rate.
Since 1986, Xavier has graduated every men’s basketball player that has exhausted his eligibility.
Sister Rose Ann Fleming
During the 2010 NCAA Tournament Xavier’s Academic Advisor Sister Rose Ann Fleming garnered considerable national attention for the role she has played in the program’s academic success. Fleming was featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and on both ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News. Fleming has over 40 years of experience as an educator. She was president of Cincinnati's Summit Country Day School from 1975 to 1976 and president of Trinity College in Washington D.C. from 1976 to 1982. In addition to the national recognition she received during the 2010 NCAA Tournament she has also been featured in Readers Digest, Woman's Day, was voted one of the Cincinnati Enquirer's Women of the Year, and was the subject of a promotional spot on The Family Channel.
Fifteen former Xavier players are currently playing professionally overseas.
|2011||Jamel McLean||Hampton, VA|
|2010||Jason Love||Philadelphia, PA|
|2009||B.J. Raymond||Toledo, OH|
|2008||Josh Duncan||Cincinnati, OH|
|2008||Stanley Burrell||Indianapolis, IN|
|2007||Justin Doellman||Ryle, KY|
|2007||Justin Cage||Indianapolis, IN|
|2007||Brandon Cole||Chicago, IL|
|2006||Will Caudle||Indianapolis, IN|
|2004||Lionel Chalmers||Albany, NY|
|2004||Romain Sato||Central African Republic|
|2004||Anthony Myles||Chicago, IL|
|2000||Reggie Butler||Detroit, MI|
Xavier's main rival is the University of Cincinnati. The two schools play annually in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. Xavier's record in the Shootout is 32-49. Xavier has won 7 of the last 10 crosstown shootouts.
Xavier and Dayton play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy, named for former coaches at the respective universities. As of January 31, 2013, Dayton has not beaten Xavier on their home floor in 32 years. Although Dayton maintains a lead in the overall series 85-75, Xavier has dominated the series for years by going 22-8 since 2001.
Xavier also maintains a heated rivalry with Butler, with the Musketeers leading the overall series, 31-16.
- Brennan, Eamonn. "50 in 50 rankings". ESPN. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- Schwartz, Peter J. (2009-03-16). "The Most Valuable College Basketball Teams". forbes.com. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 196.
- 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 183.
- "Sean Miller is Xavier's New Head Basketball Coach". goxavier.com. Retrieved 2004-07-08.
- "Xavier Playing Above Mid Major Status". espn.com. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
- "Xavier, Memphis top non-BCS schools". espn.com. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
- "Chris Mack Introduced As Xavier's New Men's Basketball Head Coach". goxavier.com. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- "Chris Mack Honored As Basketball Times Rookie Coach Of The Year". goxavier.com. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
- 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 194.
- 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 144.
- 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 146.
- 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 154.
- "NCAA Honors Eight Xavier Programs For Being In The Top 10 Percent Of The Latest APR". goxavier.com. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- Branch, John (2010-03-15). "At Xavier, Nun Works Out Players’ Academic Side". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- "Sister Rose Ann Fleming, Xavier Athletics". goxavier.com. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
- 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 42.