Xavier Musketeers men's basketball
|Colors||Navy Blue, White, and Gray
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|2004, 2008, 2017|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1990, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|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, 2017|
|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 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 has been listed among the top-20 most valuable college basketball programs in the US.
- 1 History
- 2 Season-by- season results
- 3 Home Court
- 4 Postseason
- 5 Players
- 6 Coaching history
- 7 Basketball and academics
- 8 Success Overseas
- 9 Rivalries
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The first Xavier Basketball game on record was February 20, 1920 at the Fenwick Club in Cincinnati. 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 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.
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.
After a loss to Bradley in the 1957 NIT, Wulk 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
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 seven seasons as head coach, Prosser compiled a 148–65 record with four NCAA Tournament appearances. Prosser's 148 wins are third all-time at Xavier. 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
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
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 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. 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., 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.
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.
In 2017, Mack led Xavier to a 24-14 season and got the 11th seed in the West and advanced to the Elite Eight by defeating 6th seed Maryland, 3rd seed Florida State, and 2nd seed Arizona. In the Elite Eight they lost to Gonzaga.
Mack's 162 wins through the 2015–16 season place him second in wins in Xavier history behind Pete Gillen.
Wins Against Number 1 Teams
Xavier has won four games against teams ranked number one in the AP Poll, two of which have come against its biggest rival the Cincinnati Bearcats.
December 16, 1999: Xavier 66, No. 1 Cincinnati 64 (Cincinnati Gardens)
Season-by- season results
|Harry Gilligan (Independent) (1919–1920)|
|Joe Meyer (Independent) (1920–1933)|
|Clem Crowe (Independent) (1933–1943)|
|1943–45||*** No Basketball due to World War II ***|
|Ed Burns (Independent) (1945–1946)|
|Lew Hirt (Independent) (1946–1951)|
|Ned Wulk (Independent) (1952–1957)|
|James McCafferty (Independent) (1957–1963)|
|1957–58||James McCafferty||19–11||NIT Champions|
|1960–61||James McCafferty||17–10||NCAA First Round|
|Don Ruberg (Independent) (1963–1967)|
|George Krajack (Independent) (1967–1971)|
|Dick Campbell (Independent) (1971–1973)|
|Tay Baker (Independent) (1973–1979)|
|Bob Staak (Midwestern City Conference) (1979–1985)|
|1982–83||Bob Staak||22–8||10–4||T–2nd||NCAA Opening Round|
|1983–84||Bob Staak||22–11||9–5||3rd||NIT Quarterfinals|
|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|
|1992–93||Pete Gillen||24–6||12–2||T–1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1993–94||Pete Gillen||22–8||8–2||1st||NIT Quarterfinals|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2016–17||Chris Mack||22–13||9–9||7th||NCAA Elite Eight|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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. As of April, 2017 the Musketeers have compiled a 229–35 (.867) record since moving to its on-campus home in 2000. 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 2016-2017 season, Cintas Center has hosted 2,642,173 fans for Xavier home games and the Musketeers have averaged 10,008 fans (better than 97% capacity) per game during that time. The 2016–17 season marked the highest average attendance in Cintas Center history with 10,283 (almost 101% capacity).
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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
|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||Second 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
|#15 Weber State
#3 Florida State
*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
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
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|
|2004||Lionel Chalmers||L.A. Clippers||2||33|
|Romain Sato||San Antonio||2||52|
|2010||Jordan Crawford||+ New Jersey||1||27|
|2017||Edmond Sumner||New Orleans||2||52|
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Xavier has a total of 20 players who have won All-American honors during their careers with the program.
|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||BE Tour|
|Pete Gillen (Fairfield)||9 (1985–94)||277||202||75||.729||5–7||2–1||17–4||0–0|
|Chris Mack (Xavier)||8 (2009–present)||276||186||90||.674||10-6||0–0||0–0||3–4||6-4|
|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|
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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 Reader's 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.
Seventeen 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. More recently, Justin Doellman was named ACB MVP in 2014 while with Valencia.
|2016||Remy Abell||Louisville, Kentucky|
|2015||Stainbrook, MattMatt Stainbrook||Lakewood, Ohio|
|2012||Kenny Frease||Massillon, Ohio|
|2012||Tu Holloway||Hempstead, New York|
|2011||Jamel McLean||Hampton, Virginia|
|2010||Jason Love||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|2009||B.J. Raymond||Toledo, Ohio|
|2008||Josh Duncan||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|2008||Stanley Burrell||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|2007||Doellman, JustinJustin Doellman||Union, Kentucky|
|2007||Justin Cage||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|2007||Brandon Cole||Chicago, Illinois|
|2006||Will Caudle||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|2004||Chalmers, LionelLionel Chalmers||Albany, New York|
|2004||Sato, RomainRomain Sato||Central African Republic|
|2004||Anthony Myles||Chicago, Illinois|
|2000||Reggie Butler||Detroit, Michigan|
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 34-50. Although Xavier is behind in the all-time series, they have been more successful in the rivalry recently, winning 13 of the last 20 and 7 of the last 10 meetings against the Bearcats.
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. 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, 37-19, winning 4 of the last 5 matchups. The two teams play each other twice per year in regular season Big East play.
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. Since the rivalry started, Xavier leads the all-time series 5-2.
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