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Xavier Musketeers
2016–17 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team
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University Xavier University
Conference Big East
Location Cincinnati, OH
Head coach Chris Mack (8th year)
Arena Cintas Center
(Capacity: 10,250)
Nickname Musketeers
Student section X-Treme Fans
Colors Navy Blue, White, and Gray[1]
              
Uniforms
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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, 2015
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016
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, 2015, 2016
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.

Xavier has continued to separate itself as one of the country's premier college basketball programs. Of all Division I programs yet to make a Final 4, Xavier has the most all-time tournament wins with 24.[2] Xavier has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 26 times, 14 times in the last 16 years.

Xavier won four Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships (1998, 2002, 2004 and 2006). Xavier has won or shared 17 regular season conference championships, while winning 9 conference tournament championships.

Xavier is one of only two non-BCS schools to be listed among the top-20 most valuable college basketball programs in the US.[3]

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.[4]

Following the 1942–43 season, play was suspended for the following two seasons because of World War II. 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 postseason 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.[5]

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.[5]

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 in 1958. With wins over Niagara, Bradley, St. Bonaventure and Dayton, Xavier captured the NIT. That was the first postseason 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 Tournament. On March 14, 1961, Xavier fell to Morehead State 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 seven 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 time 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 in 2001. 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 2003–04 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.[6] From 2004 to 2009, Miller compiled a record of 120–47. Advancing to the NCAA Tournament in four 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.,[10] was the first Xavier head coach to lead the Musketeers to the Sweet Sixteen 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.

Finishing with a 24–8 overall record including a 15–1 record in the A-10, Mack lead the Musketeers to a fifth consecutive A-10 title and another NCAA Tournament berth in 2010–11.

In a 2011–12 season filled with highs and lows. The early season was marred by the Crosstown Shootout brawl in their yearly rivalry game against Cincinnati. The Musketeers had reached as high as #8 in the AP Poll before numerous suspensions from the Crosstown Shootout brawl lead to the team losing 5 of their next 6 games. Xavier rebounded from this ugly incident and reached Mack's second Sweet Sixteen.

In 2013, Xavier joined the newly reconstituted Big East Conference following Big East conference realignment. Xavier became one of the new members of the new 10-team Big East with the "Catholic 7" (DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Villanova) plus Butler and Creighton. Xavier finished their first season in the Big East with a record of 21–13, 10–8 to finish Big East play in a tie for third place. They received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the First Round (First Four).

The 2014–15 season also saw a return to the Sweet Sixteen for the Musketeers. From 2008 to 2015, Xavier made five Sweet Sixteens, tied for third in the nation over that span behind only Louisville and Michigan State. The 2015–16 team finished second in the Big East to Villanova, Xavier's highest finish in the Big East, and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.[11]

Mack's 162 wins through the 2015–16 season place him second in wins in Xavier history behind Pete Gillen.

Season-by- season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Harry Gilligan (Independent) (1919–1920)
1919–20 Harry Gilligan 0–1
Harry Gilligan: 0–1(.000)
Joe Meyer (Independent) (1920–1933)
1920–21 Joe Meyer 1–2
1921–22 Joe Meyer 2–4
1922–23 Joe Meyer 2–0
1923–24 Joe Meyer 12–4
1924–25 Joe Meyer 6–7
1925–26 Joe Meyer 10–8
1926–27 Joe Meyer 11–3
1927–28 Joe Meyer 8–1
1928–29 Joe Meyer 9–6
1929–30 Joe Meyer 8–8
1930–31 Joe Meyer 10–3
1931–32 Joe Meyer 10–3
1932–33 Joe Meyer 5–3
Joe Mayer: 94–52(.644)
Clem Crowe (Independent) (1933–1943)
1933–34 Clem Crowe 9–1
1934–35 Clem Crowe 14–4
1935–36 Clem Crowe 8–7
1936–37 Clem Crowe 7–7
1937–38 Clem Crowe 10–9
1938–39 Clem Crowe 13–7
1939–40 Clem Crowe 6–17
1940–41 Clem Crowe 13–9
1941–42 Clem Crowe 10–8
1942–43 Clem Crowe 6–10
Clem Crowe: 96–76(.558)
1943–45 *** No Basketball due to World War II ***"""
Ed Burns (Independent) (1945–1946)
1945–46 Ed Burns 3–16
Ed Burns: 3–16(.158)
Lew Hirt (Independent) (1946–1951)
1946–47 Lew Hirt 8–17
1947–48 Lew Hirt 24–8
1948–49 Lew Hirt 16–10
1949–50 Lew Hirt 12–16
1950–51 Lew Hirt 16–10
Lew Hirt: 76–61(.555)
Ned Wulk (Independent) (1952–1957)
1951–52 Ned Wulk 16–10
1952–53 Ned Wulk 161–12
1953–54 Ned Wulk 18–12
1954–55 Ned Wulk 13–13
1955–56 Ned Wulk 17–11
1956–57 Ned Wulk 20–8
Ned Wulk: 89–70(.560)
James McCafferty (Independent) (1957–1963)
1957–58 James McCafferty 19–11 NIT Champions
1958–59 James McCafferty 12–13
1959–60 James McCafferty 17–9
1960–61 James McCafferty 17–10 NCAA First Round
1961–62 James McCafferty 14–12
1962–63 James McCafferty 12–16
James McCafferty: 91–71(.562)
Don Ruberg (Independent) (1963–1967)
1963–64 Don Ruberg 16–10
1964–65 Don Ruberg 10–15
1965–66 Don Ruberg 13–13
1966–67 Don Ruberg 13–13
Don Ruberg: 52–51(.505)
George Krajack (Independent) (1967–1971)
1967–68 George Krajack 10–16
1968–69 George Krajack 10–16
1969–70 George Krajack 5–20
1970–71 George Krajack 9–17
George Krajack: 34–69(.330)
Dick Campbell (Independent) (1971–1973)
1971–72 Dick Campbell 12–14
1972–73 Dick Campbell 3–23
Dick Campbell: 15–37(.288)
Tay Baker (Independent) (1973–1979)
1973–74 Tay Baker 8–18
1974–75 Tay Baker 11–15
1975–76 Tay Baker 14–12
1976–77 Tay Baker 10–17
1977–78 Tay Baker 13–18
1978–79 Tay Baker 14–13
Tay Baker: 70–89(.440)
Bob Staak (Midwestern City Conference) (1979–1985)
1979–80 Bob Staak 8–18 0–5 6th
1980–81 Bob Staak 12–16 8–3 1st
1981–82 Bob Staak 8–20 1–11 7th
1982–83 Bob Staak 22–8 10–4 T–2nd NCAA Opening Round
1983–84 Bob Staak 22–11 9–5 3rd NIT Quarterfinals
1984–85 Bob Staak 16–13 7–7 5th
Bob Staak: 88–86(.506) 35–35(.500)
Pete Gillen (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1985–1994)
1985–86 Pete Gillen 25–5 10–2 1st NCAA First Round
1986–87 Pete Gillen 19–13 7–5 T–3rd NCAA Second Round
1987–88 Pete Gillen 26–4 9–1 1st NCAA First Round
1988–89 Pete Gillen 21–12 7–5 3rd NCAA First Round
1989–90 Pete Gillen 28–5 12–2 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1990–91 Pete Gillen 22–10 11–3 1st NCAA Second Round
1991–92 Pete Gillen 15–12 7–3 T–2nd
1992–93 Pete Gillen 24–6 12–2 T–1st NCAA Second Round
1993–94 Pete Gillen 22–8 8–2 1st NIT Quarterfinals
Pete Gillen: 202–75(.729) 83–25(.769)
Skip Prosser (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1994–1995)
1994–95 Skip Prosser 23–5 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
Skip Prosser (Atlantic 10) (1995–2001)
1995–96 Skip Prosser 13–15 8–8 3rd West
1996–97 Skip Prosser 23–6 13–3 1st West NCAA Second Round
1997–98 Skip Prosser 22–8 11–5 T–1st West NCAA First Round
1998–99 Skip Prosser 25–11 12–4 2nd West NIT Third Place
1999–2000 Skip Prosser 21–12 9–7 T–2nd West NIT Second Round
2000–01 Skip Prosser 26–6 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
Skip Prosser: 148–65(.695) 81–27(.750)
Thad Matta (Atlantic 10) (2001–2004)
2001–02 Thad Matta 26–6 14–2 1st West NCAA Second Round
2002–03 Thad Matta 26–6 15–1 1st West NCAA Second Round
2003–04 Thad Matta 26–11 10–6 3rd West NCAA Elite Eight
Thad Matta: 78–23(.772) 39–9(.976)
Sean Miller (Atlantic 10) (2004–2009)
2004–05 Sean Miller 17–12 10–6 T–2nd West
2005–06 Sean Miller 21–11 8–8 T–7th NCAA First Round
2006–07 Sean Miller 25–9 13–3 T–1st NCAA Second Round
2007–08 Sean Miller 30–7 14–2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2008–09 Sean Miller 27–8 12–4 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Sean Miller: 120–47(.719) 57–23(.713)
Chris Mack (Atlantic 10) (2009–2013)
2009–10 Chris Mack 26–9 14–2 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–11 Chris Mack 24–8 15–1 1st NCAA First Round
2011–12 Chris Mack 21–12 10–6 T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2012–13 Chris Mack 17–14 9–7 6th
Chris Mack (Big East) (2013–present)
2013–14 Chris Mack 21–12 10–8 3rd NCAA First Round ("First Four")
2014–15 Chris Mack 23–14 9–9 6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2015–16 Chris Mack 28–6 14–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
Chris Mack: 162–77(.678) 81–37(.686)
Total: 1418–969(.594)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Source.[12]

Wins Against Number 1 Teams[edit]

Xavier has won four games against teams ranked number one in the AP Poll, two of which coming against its biggest rival the Cincinnati Bearcats.

November 26, 1996: Xavier 71, No. 1 Cincinnati 69 (Shoemaker Center)

December 16, 1999: Xavier 66, No. 1 Cincinnati 64 (Cincinnati Gardens)

March 11, 2004: Xavier 87, No. 1 Saint Joseph's 67 (University of Dayton Arena)

February 24, 2016: No. 5 Xavier 90, No. 1 Villanova 83 (Cintas Center)

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 217–31 (.875) record since moving to its on-campus home in 2000.[13] Xavier enjoyed a 15-0 mark at Cintas Center during the 2009–10, its first perfect record for a season at Cintas Center. Cintas Center continues to be one of the best home-court advantages in the NCAA and was named the #3 Toughest Place to Play on EA Sports' NCAA Basketball '10.

Through the 2015-16 season, Cintas Center has hosted 2,477,653 fans for Xavier home games and the Musketeers have averaged 9,991 fans (better than 97% capacity) per game during that time. The 2015–16 season marked the highest average attendance in Cintas Center history with 10,281 (almost 101%).

Season Record Pct. Games Attendance Average Sellouts
2015-16 15-1 .938 16 164,501 10,281 11
2014-15 13-3 .813 16 159,974[14] 9,998 9
2013-14 15-2 .882 17 168,127[15] 9,890 7
2012-13 11-4 .733 15 146,710[16] 9,781
2011-12 13-3 .813 16 162,474 10,155 10
2010-11 15-1 .938 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
Chart Data[13]

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.[17]

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.[13]

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 26 times. Their combined record is 24–26.[18]

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 Michigan 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 Hawaii
#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
2015 #6 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Ole Miss
#14 Georgia State
#2 Arizona
W 76–57
W 75–67
L 60–68
2016 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Weber State
#7 Wisconsin
W 71–53
L 63–66

*Following the introduction of the "First Four" round in 2011, the Round of 64 and Round of 32 were referred to as the Second Round and Third Round, respectively, from 2011 to 2015. Then from 2016 moving forward, the Round 64 and Round of 32 will be called the First and Second rounds, as they were prior to 2011.

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 '15 '16
Seeds 12 12 13 11 14 6 14 9 11 7 6 11 7 3 7 14 9 3 4 6 6 10 12 6 2

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]

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
2014 Semaj Christon Miami 2 55
Chart Data[19]

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 BE Tour
Pete Gillen (Fairfield) 9 (1985–94) 277 202 75 .729 5–7 2–1 17–4 0–0
Chris Mack (Xavier) 7 (2009–Present) 239 162 77 .678 7-6 0–0 0–0 3–4 4-3
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
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[13]

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.[20] 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.[21]

Graduation[edit]

Since 1986, Xavier has graduated every men’s basketball player that has exhausted his eligibility.[21]

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.[22] 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.[22]

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.[23] More recently, Justin Doellman was named ACB MVP in 2014 while with Valencia.

Year Player Home Town Country
2015 Stainbrook, MattMatt Stainbrook Lakewood, OH Germany
2012 Kenny Frease Massillon, OH Germany
2012 Tu Holloway Hempstead, NY Turkey
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 Doellman, JustinJustin Doellman Union, KY Spain
2007 Justin Cage Indianapolis, IN Belgium
2007 Brandon Cole Chicago, IL Japan
2006 Will Caudle Indianapolis, IN Japan
2004 Chalmers, LionelLionel Chalmers Albany, NY Turkey
2004 Sato, RomainRomain 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 34-49. Although Xavier is behind in the all-time series, they have dominated the rivalry recently, winning 14 of the last 20 meetings against the Bearcats.

Other rivals[edit]

Xavier and Dayton play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy, named for former coaches at the respective universities. As of the 2015-2016 season, Dayton has not beaten Xavier on their home floor in 35 years.[24] Dayton maintains a lead in the overall series 85-76, but Xavier has controlled the series for years by going 23-8 since 2001.

Xavier also maintains a heated rivalry with Butler, with the Musketeers leading the overall series, 37-18, winning the last 4 matchups.

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.[25] Since the rivalry started, Xavier leads the all-time series 4-2.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Brennan, Eamonn. "50 in 50 rankings". ESPN. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
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  12. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/xavier/
  13. ^ a b c d 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 144.
  14. ^ "2015 NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "2014 NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ "2013 NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE". Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2013. 
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  19. ^ 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 154.
  20. ^ "NCAA Honors Eight Xavier Programs For Being In The Top 10 Percent Of The Latest APR". goxavier.com. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  21. ^ a b Branch, John (2010-03-15). "At Xavier, Nun Works Out Players' Academic Side". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  22. ^ a b "Sister Rose Ann Fleming, Xavier Athletics". goxavier.com. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  23. ^ 2010 Xavier Basketball Media Guide. Xavier Athletic Department, 2010, p. 42.
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  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 

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