Xavier Musketeers men's basketball

The Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team represents Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school's team currently competes in the Big East Conference. Of all Division I programs yet to make a Final 4, Xavier has the most all-time tournament wins with 27.[2] Xavier has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 27 times, 15 times in the last 17 years. On March 11, 2018, Xavier earned its first ever No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament[3].

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. In addition, they have won one Big East Conference regular season title in 2018.

Xavier has been listed among the top-20 most valuable college basketball programs in the US.[4]

Xavier Musketeers
2018–19 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team
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University Xavier University
Head coach Travis Steele (1st season)
Conference Big East
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Arena Cintas Center
(Capacity: 10,250)
Colors Navy Blue, White, and Gray[1]
              
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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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018

History

The first Xavier Basketball game on record was February 20, 1920 at the New York Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa. Coached by Joe Meyer, the Musketeers compiled a 194–52 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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,[11] 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.[12]

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 215 wins concluding the 2017–18 season placed him second in wins in Xavier history behind Pete Gillen.

Travis Steele era

On March 27, 2018, Mack was named the head coach at the University of Louisville.[13] Four days after Mack left Xavier for Louisville, longtime Xavier assistant coach Travis Steele was named head coach of the Musketeers.[14]

Season-by-season results

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) (2013–2018)
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
2017–18 Chris Mack 29–6 15–3 1st NCAA Second Round
Chris Mack: 215–97 (.689) 105–49 (.682)
Travis Steele (Big East) (2018–present)
2018–19 Travis Steele 0–0 0–0
Travis Steele: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 1472–988 (.598)

      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.[15]

Home Court

Cintas Center

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.[16] 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).

Season Record Pct. Games Attendance Average Sellouts
2016–17 12–4 .750 16 164,520 10,283 12
2015–16 15–1 .938 16 164,501 10,281 11
2014–15 13–3 .813 16 159,974[17] 9,998 9
2013–14 15–2 .882 17 168,127[18] 9,890 7
2012–13 11–4 .733 15 146,710[19] 9,781 1
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
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Cincinnati Gardens

The 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.[20]

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

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.[16]

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

The Musketeers have also used Riverfront Coliseum and the Fenwick Club.

Postseason

NCAA tournament results

The Musketeers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 28 times. Their combined record is 27–28.[21]

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1961 First Round Morehead State L 66–71
1983 No. 12 Preliminary Round No. 12 Alcorn State L 75–81
1986 No. 12 First Round No. 5 Alabama L 80–97
1987 No. 13 First Round
Second Round
No. 4 Missouri
No. 5 Duke
W 70–69
L 60–65
1988 No. 11 First Round No. 6 Kansas L 72–85
1989 No. 14 First Round No. 3 Michigan L 87–92
1990 No. 6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 11 Kansas State
No. 3 Georgetown
No. 10 Texas
W 87–79
W 74–71
L 89–102
1991 No. 14 First Round
Second Round
No. 3 Nebraska
No. 11 Connecticut
W 89–84
L 50–66
1993 No. 9 First Round
Second Round
No. 8 New Orleans
No. 1 Indiana
W 73–55
L 70–73
1995 No. 11 First Round No. 6 Georgetown L 63–68
1997 No. 7 First Round
Second Round
No. 10 Vanderbilt
No. 2 UCLA
W 80–68
L 83–96
1998 No. 6 First Round No. 11 Washington L 68–69
2001 No. 11 First Round No. 6 Notre Dame L 71–83
2002 No. 7 First Round
Second Round
No. 10 Hawaii
No. 2 Oklahoma
W 70–58
L 65–78
2003 No. 3 First Round
Second Round
No. 14 Troy State
No. 6 Maryland
W 71–59
L 64–77
2004 No. 7 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
No. 10 Louisville
No. 2 Mississippi State
No. 3 Texas
No. 1 Duke
W 80–70
W 89–74
W 79–71
L 63–66
2006 No. 14 First Round No. No. 3 Gonzaga L 75–79
2007 No. 9 First Round
Second Round
No. 8 BYU
No. 1 Ohio State
W 79–77
L 71–78 OT
2008 No. 3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
No. 14 Georgia
No. 6 Purdue
No. 7 West Virginia
No. 1 UCLA
W 73–61
W 85–78
W 79–75 OT
L 57–76
2009 No. 4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 13 Portland State
No. 12 Wisconsin
No. 1 Pittsburgh
W 77–59
W 60–49
L 55–60
2010 No. 6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 11 Minnesota
No. 3 Pittsburgh
No. 2 Kansas State
W 65–54
W 71–68
L 96–101 2OT
2011 No. 6 Second Round No. 11 Marquette L 55–66
2012 No. 10 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 7 Notre Dame
No. 15 Lehigh
No. 3 Baylor
W 67–63
W 70–58
L 70–75
2014 No. 12 First Four No. 12 NC State L 59–74
2015 No. 6 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
No. 11 Ole Miss
No. 14 Georgia State
No. 2 Arizona
W 76–57
W 75–67
L 60–68
2016 No. 2 First Round
Second Round
No. 15 Weber State
No. 7 Wisconsin
W 71–53
L 63–66
2017 No. 11 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
No. 6 Maryland
No. 3 Florida State
No. 2 Arizona
No. 1 Gonzaga
W 76–65
W 91–66
W 73–71
L 59–83
2018 No. 1 First Round
Second Round
No. 16 Texas Southern
No. 9 Florida State
W 102–83
L 70–75

*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 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 '17 '18
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 11 1

NIT results

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

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

Musketeers 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 Warriors 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
2017 Edmond Sumner New Orleans 2 52
     Active players
Chart Data[22]

All-Americans

Xavier has a total of 20 players who have won All-American honors during their careers with the program.

2015–16: USA Today Third Team
  • Lenny Brown
1996–97: Basketball Weekly Honorable Mention
1998–99: John R. Wooden Finalist
2012–13: Kyle Macy Freshman All-American (collegeinsider.com)
2009–10: Sporting News Third Team
  • Myles Davis
2013–14: Kyle Macy Freshman All-American (collegeinsider.com)
  • Jamie Gladden
1992–93: Associated Press Honorable Mention
1989–90:Basketball Times Freshman Fifth Team
1990–91: Basketball Times Freshman Seventh Team
1993–94: John R. Wooden Finalist Associated Press Honorable Mention
  • Anthony Hicks
1982–83: Sporting News Honorable Mention, Associated Press Honorable Mention
1988–89: Associated Press Honorable Mention
1989–90: Basketball Times Third Team, Associated Press Honorable Mention
2010–11: Associated Press, Fox Sports, and Sporting News Magazine Third-team All-American
  • T.J. Johnson
1994–95 Basketball Weekly Freshman Honorable Mention
1984–85: Basketball Weekly All-Freshman Second Team, Basketball Times All-Freshman Team
1985–86: Associated Press Honorable Mention
1986–87: Sporting News Honorable Mention
1987–88: United Press International Second Team, Scripps Howard Second Team, Associated Press Third Team
  • Gary Massa
1977–78: Basketball Weekly All-Freshman Team
1998–99: College Hoops Insider "Top 15", John R. Wooden Finalist
  • Bob Quick
1967–68: Associated Press Honorable Mention
2003–04: Associated Press Honorable Mention
  • Hank Stein
1957–58: Converse Second Team
1958–59: United Press International Third Team
  • Edmond Sumner
2015–16: Kyle Macy Freshman All-American (collegeinsider.com)
  • Steve Thomas
1963–64: Basketball News First Team, Helms Foundation First Team, AP, United Press International and Sporting News Honorable Mention
  • Brian Thornton
2005–06: ESPN the Magazine, COSIDA All American
2000–01: Associated Press Honorable Mention
2001–02: Associated Press Second Team, United States Basketball Writers Association Second Team, Basketball Times Second Team, FOXSports.com Second Team, National Association of Basketball Coaches Third Team, Sporting News Third Team, Basketball America Third Team, Dick Vitale's "Rolls Royce Super Five", collegeinsider.com All-American, John R. Wooden Finalist
2002–03: Associated Press First Team & AP National Player of the Year, United States Basketball Writers Association First Team & USBWA National Player of the Year, Basketball Times First Team & BT National Player of the Year, National Association of Basketball Coaches First Team, John R. Wooden First Team, ESPN.com First Team, Sporting News First Team, Dick Vitale's "Rolls Royce Super Five", collegeinsider.com All-American & collegeinsider.com National MVP, NABC/Pete Newell Big Man of the Year.

Retired jerseys

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

Name (Alma Mater) Seasons Games Wins Losses Win % NCAA Tour NIT Tour MCC Tour A-10 Tour Big East Tour
Pete Gillen (Fairfield) 9 (1985–94) 277 202 75 .729 5–7 2–1 17–4 0–0 0–0
Chris Mack (Xavier) 9 (2009–18) 276 215 97 .694 11–8 0–0 0–0 3–4 7–5
Skip Prosser (Merchant Marine Acad.) 7 (1994–01) 213 148 65 .695 1–4 5–2 0–1 6–5 0–0
Sean Miller (Pittsburgh) 5 (2004–09) 167 120 47 .719 6–4 0–0 0–0 8–4 0–0
Clem Crowe (Notre Dame) 10 (1933–43) 174 96 78 .552 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Joe Meyer (Xavier) 13 (1920–33) 146 94 52 .618 0–0 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 0–0
Ned Wulk (LaCrosse) 6 (1951–57) 159 89 70 .560 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–0
Bob Staak (Connecticut) 6 (1979–85) 174 88 86 .506 0–1 2–1 7–5 0–0 0–0
Thad Matta (Butler) 3 (2001–04) 101 78 23 .772 5–3 0–0 0–0 8–1 0–0
Lew Hirt (DePauw) 5 (1946–51) 137 76 61 .555 0–0 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 0–0
Don Ruberg (Xavier) 4 (1963–67) 103 52 51 .505 0–0 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 0–0
Dick Campbell (Furman) 2 (1971–73) 52 15 37 .288 0–0 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 0–0
Harry Gilligan (Xavier) 1 (1919–20) 1 0 1 .000 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Chart Data[16]

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.[23] 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.[24]

Graduation

Since 1986, Xavier has graduated every men's basketball player that has exhausted his eligibility.[24]

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.[25] 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.[25]

Success Overseas

Success overseas

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

Year Player Home Town Country
2016 Remy Abell Louisville, Kentucky Finland
2015 Stainbrook, MattMatt Stainbrook Lakewood, Ohio Germany
2012 Kenny Frease Massillon, Ohio Germany
2012 Tu Holloway Hempstead, New York Turkey
2011 Jamel McLean Hampton, Virginia Belgium
2010 Jason Love Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Belgium
2009 B.J. Raymond Toledo, Ohio Finland
2008 Josh Duncan Cincinnati, Ohio Israel
2008 Stanley Burrell Indianapolis, Indiana Belgium
2007 Doellman, JustinJustin Doellman Union, Kentucky Spain
2007 Justin Cage Indianapolis, Indiana Belgium
2007 Brandon Cole Chicago, Illinois Japan
2006 Will Caudle Indianapolis, Indiana Japan
2004 Chalmers, LionelLionel Chalmers Albany, New York Turkey
2004 Sato, RomainRomain Sato Central African Republic Greece
2004 Anthony Myles Chicago, Illinois Greece
2000 Reggie Butler Detroit, Michigan Mexico

Rivalries

Crosstown Shootout

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.

Other rivals

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 Xavier's home floor in 35 years.[27] 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.[28] Since the rivalry started, Xavier leads the all-time series 5–2.

References

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