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Xavier Musketeers
2013–14 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team
Xavier Musketeers athletic logo
University Xavier University (Cincinnati)
Conference Big East
Location Cincinnati, OH
Head coach Chris Mack (5th year)
Arena Cintas Center
(Capacity: 10,250)
Nickname Musketeers
Colors

Navy and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Home
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2004, 2008
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1990, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
NCAA Tournament appearances
1961, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006
Conference regular season champions
1981, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

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.[1] 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.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3]

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, he 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.[4]

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.[4]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] Miller’s NCAA Tournament success, aggressive non-conference scheduling and national recruiting allowed Xavier to be recognized with the like of Memphis and Gonzaga as one of the premier “Non-BCS” basketball programs.[7] After turning away interest from many programs, Sean Miller left Xavier to become the head basketball coach at Arizona.

Chris Mack era[edit]

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.[8] 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.,[9] 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[edit]

Year Record Conference Postseason Attendance / sellouts
2013-14 21-12 10-8 (Third in Big East NCAA Tournament -
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.
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Home Court[edit]

Cintas Center[edit]

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.[11] 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.[11]

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.

Season Record Pct. Games Attendance Average Sellouts
2011-12 13-3 .813 16 162,474 10,155 10
2010-11 15-1 .933 16 151,475 10,098 9
2009-10 15-0 1.000 15 151,843 10,123 7
2008-09 14-1 .933 15 151,456 10,097 11
2007-08 16-1 .941 17 170,133 10,008 9
2006-07 14-1 .933 15 148,650 9,910 5
2005-06 11-4 .733 15 146,615 9,775 4
2004-05 12-4 .750 16 160,429 10,027 7
2003-04 13-3 .813 16 158,432 9,902 8
2002-03 14-1 .933 15 152,714 10,181 14
2001-02 13-1 .929 14 143,129 10,224 13
2000-01 13-1 .929 14 141,011 10,072 12
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Cincinnati Gardens[edit]

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.[12]

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.

Schmidt Fieldhouse[edit]

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.[11]

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[edit]

Riverfront Coliseum and the Fenwick Club.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Musketeers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 24 times. Their combined record is 21–24.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
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
1987 #13 First Round
Second Round
#4 Missouri
#5 Duke
W 70–69
L 60–65
1988 #11 First Round #6 Kansas L 72–85
1989 #14 First Round #3 Micghigan L 87–92
1990 #6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Kansas State
#3 Georgetown
#10 Texas
W 87–79
W 74–71
L 89–102
1991 #14 First Round
Second Round
#3 Nebraska
#11 Connecticut
W 89–84
L 50–66
1993 #9 First Round
Second Round
#8 New Orleans
#1 Indiana
W 73–55
L 70–73
1995 #11 First Round #6 Georgetown L 63–68
1997 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Vanderbilt
#2 UCLA
W 80–68
L 83–96
1998 #6 First Round #11 Washington L 68–69
2001 #11 First Round #6 Notre Dame L 71–83
2002 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Hawaiʻi
#2 Oklahoma
W 70–58
L 65–78
2003 #3 First Round
Second Round
#14 Troy State
#6 Maryland
W 71–59
L 64–77
2004 #7 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#10 Louisville
#2 Mississippi State
#3 Texas
#1 Duke
W 80–70
W 89–74
W 79–71
L 63–66
2006 #14 First Round #3 Gonzaga L 75–79
2007 #9 First Round
Second Round
#8 BYU
#1 Ohio State
W 79–77
L 71–78 OT
2008 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#14 Georgia
#6 Purdue
#7 West Virginia
#1 UCLA
W 73–61
W 85–78
W 79–75 OT
L 57–76
2009 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Portland State
#12 Wisconsin
#1 Pittsburgh
W 77–59
W 60–49
L 55–60
2010 #6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Minnesota
#3 Pittsburgh
#2 Kansas State
W 65–54
W 71–68
L 96–101 2OT
2011 #6 Second Round #11 Marquette L 55–66
2012 #10 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#7 Notre Dame
#15 Lehigh
#3 Baylor
W 67–63
W 70–58
L 70–75
2014 #12 First Four #12 NC State L 59–74

NCAA Tournament seeding history[edit]

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years '83 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '93 '95 '97 '98 '01 '02 '03 '04 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '14
Seeds 12 12 13 11 14 6 14 9 11 7 6 11 7 3 7 14 9 3 4 6 6 10 12

NIT results[edit]

The Musketeers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) seven times. Their combined record is 15–6. They were NIT Champions in 1958.

Year Round Opponent Result
1956 First Round
Quarterfinals
Saint Louis
Dayton
W 84–80
L 68–72
1957 First Round
Quarterfinals
Seton Hall
Bradley
W 85–79
L 81–116
1958 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Niagara
Bradley
St. Bonaventure
Dayton
W 95–86
W 72–62
W 72–53
W 78–74
1984 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Ohio State
Nebraska
Michigan
W 60–57
W 58–57
L 62–63
1994 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Miami (OH)
Northwestern
Villanova
W 80–68
W 83–79
L 74–76
1999 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Toledo
Wake Forest
Princeton
Clemson
Oregon
W 86–84
W 87–76
W 65–58
L 76–79
W 106–75
2000 First Round
Second Round
Marquette
Notre Dame
W 67–63
L 64–76

NAIA tournament results[edit]

The Musketeers have appeared in the NAIA Tournament one time. Their record is 3–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1948 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Northwestern State
New Britain State
Mankato State
Louisville
Hamline
W 67–43
W 57–35
W 62–50
L 49–56
L 58–59

Players[edit]

Musketeers in the NBA[edit]

Current Xavier players in the NBA:

Xavier Players in the NBA Draft All-Time:

Year Player Team Round Pick
1949 Malcom McMullen Indianapolis
1952 Gene Smith Minneapolis
1953 Huck Budde Minneapolis 9
1954 Bob Heim Baltimore 6
1956 Dave Piontek Rochester 3
1957 Jim Boothe Cincinnati 12
1958 Frank Tartaron Cincinnati 11
1959 Hank Stein St. Louis 3
Joe Viviano Cincinnati 10
1962 Jack Thobe Cincinnati 4 33
Bill Kirvin Philadelphia 8 70
Frank Pinchback Cincinnati 11 95
1964 Joe Geiger Cincinnati 8
Bob Pelkington Philadelphia 8
1966 Bryan Williams St. Louis 8
1968 Bob Quick Baltimore 2 18
1969 Luther Rackley Cincinnati 3 37
1973 Bob Fullarton Buffalo 9 140
Conny Warren Philadelphia 12 175
1979 Nick Daniels Kansas City 7 145
1983 Tony Hicks Milwaukee 7 157
Jon Hanley Cleveland 10 208
1984 Vic Fleming Portland 2 26
Jeff Jenkins Seattle 4 83
John Shimko Cleveland 9 187
Dexter Bailey Denver 10 215
1990 Tyrone Hill Golden State 1 11
Derek Strong Philadelphia 2 47
1994 Brian Grant Sacramento 1 8
1998 Torraye Braggs Utah 2 57
1999 James Posey Denver 1 18
2003 David West New Orleans 1 18
2004 Lionel Chalmers L.A. Clippers 2 33
David Young Seattle 2 41
Romain Sato San Antonio 2 52
2009 Derrick Brown Charlotte 2 40
2010 Jordan Crawford + New Jersey 1 27
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All-Americans[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Retired Basketball Jerseys

Byron
Larkin

23
Class of ‘88

Tyrone
Hill

42
Class of ‘90

Brian
Grant

33
Class of ‘94

David
West

30
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.

Coaching history[edit]

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
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Basketball and academics[edit]

NCAA academic progress rate[edit]

In May 2010, the NCAA honored a school-record tying eight Xavier University athletic programs with Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence.[14] 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.[15]

Graduation[edit]

Since 1986, Xavier has graduated every men’s basketball player that has exhausted his eligibility.[15]

Sister Rose Ann Fleming[edit]

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.[16] 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.[16]

Program highlights[edit]

Success overseas[edit]

Fifteen former Xavier players are currently playing professionally overseas.

Romain Sato, 2010 Italian League MVP, won two straight Italian League Championships in 2009 and 2010. Sato signed with Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece, for the 2010-11 season.[17]

Year Player Home Town Country
2011 Jamel McLean Hampton, VA Belgium
2010 Jason Love Philadelphia, PA Belgium
2009 B.J. Raymond Toledo, OH Finland
2008 Josh Duncan Cincinnati, OH Israel
2008 Stanley Burrell Indianapolis, IN Belgium
2007 Justin Doellman Ryle, KY Spain
2007 Justin Cage Indianapolis, IN Belgium
2007 Brandon Cole Chicago, IL Japan
2006 Will Caudle Indianapolis, IN Japan
2004 Lionel Chalmers Albany, NY Turkey
2004 Romain Sato Central African Republic Greece
2004 Anthony Myles Chicago, IL Greece
2000 Reggie Butler Detroit, MI Mexico

Rivalries[edit]

Crosstown Shootout[edit]

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.

Other rivals[edit]

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.[18] 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.

Starting with the 2009-10 season, Xavier began a ten year alternating home court game with Wake Forest, known as the Skip Prosser Classic, who coached at both schools.[19]

References[edit]

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