Xavier Musketeers Basketball Schedule
Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio is home to the Xavier Musketeers' basketball
program as well as home to one of the most excitable college basketball crowds in the country. When the Musketeers are really
rolling Cintas Center can be one of the toughest places in the country for opposing teams to visit. This year Xavier has made
its case to get to the Big Dance, sitting third in the Big East with big wins over Butler, Georgetown, Cincinnati, and Marquette.
If the Musketeers really want to cement their case for an at large berth they would be well served to finish the regular season
March brings two final home games against ranked opponents to Cintas Center. The first is on March 1st against
the number 18 ranked Creighton Blue Jays. The regular season closes out at Cintas Center with a match between the Musketeers
and the number 6 Villanova Wildcats. Wins against one or both of these teams should make Xavier a shoe-in for the NCAA Tournament
so be sure to come out and show your support of the Musketeers!
Xavier Musketeers Basketball Conference
basketball isn't just big news in the month of March, when the NCAA Tournament comes rolling around with Cinderella teams
and bracket busters. College basketball reigns supreme all season long when the Xavier Musketeers are on the court, as the
Xavier University hoopsters make some noise in the Big East Conference. The Musketeers dominate the court in their navy and
white, bringing fans out from all corners of Ohio to cheer the team onto victory.
Squaring off against other top Big
East competitors during the regular season, it's not unusual to find the Musketeers' home arena at the Cintas Center packed
full to the brim with cheering crowds of students, alumni, and other fans of all ages. The Xavier basketball tradition is
one that dates back decades, and there is a constant flow of excitement at every game throughout the season. The Xavier Musketeers
are fighting for another postseason berth in the NCAA Tournament this year, and every game can be expected to be packed full
of intense action on the hardwood when the team takes on conference rivals like Duke. Rivalries against other Cincinnati and
Ohio-based schools like the University of Cincinnati are also known for roping in some thrilling games, prompting fans to
line up at the Cintas Center to line the grandstands with the navy and white of the Musketeers.
Basketball Tournament History
College basketball is nothing new to Xavier University, which saw its very first home
basketball game played on February 20, 1920 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Fenwick Club. The Musketeers were originally part of
the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), but became part of the Midwestern City Conference in 1979, which
is where they developed a tough-seeded rivalry with the Indianapolis-based Butler University Bulldogs.
The Xavier Musketeers
have had several big runs in the NCAA Tournament since the '80s, including an Elite Eight showing during the 2003-2004 season,
as well as in the 2007-1008 season. Xavier's heralded Musketeers basketball team has been playing home games at the university's
Cintas Center since 2000, when the arena opened as Xavier's fifth home basketball court, and its capacity of 10,250 is the
perfect size for hosting home games against all of the team's Big East Conference rivals. Students pack the house at the Cintas
Center for home Musketeer games, and there's nothing quite like experiencing the echo of noise erupting at the venue when
the Musketeers pull ahead of the competition at fierce home matchups. Be part of the action and join the Musketeers at the
Cintas Center for an upcoming basketball game this season.
Xavier Musketeers NBA Players
might be a smaller school on the scale of NCAA athletics, but that doesn't mean they're not fierce. The Xavier Musketeers
have roped in some top talent on the basketball court over the years, including First Round NBA draft picks like Tyrone Hill
(1990), Brian Grant (1994), James Posey (1999), David West (2003) and even Jordan Crawford (2010). All of these names might
be recognizable for Musketeers fans, and especially the red-hot David West, who was an Associated Press Honorable mention
in 2000-01, as well as a John R. Wooden Finalist in 2001-02 and Associated Press First Team and AP National Player of the
year in 2002-03. Fans of David West can find his No. 30 jersey retired at Xavier University, along with other notable players
Byron Larkin, Tyrone Hill and Brian Grant.
Xavier Musketeers Basketball Trivia
As a competitor in the
Big East Conference, the Xavier Musketeers have their work cut out for them year after year after endless year. The Big East
is known for heaving some heavyweights into the NCAA Tournament annually, and Xavier is no stranger to the Big Dance. Musketeers
fans can be spotted supporting the team in their navy and white getups at every single home game, and Xavier fans travel the
distance to be the Sixth Man at college basketball arenas across the country.
The Xavier Musketeers know what it's like
to win big games against highly ranked teams in the NCAA, and their fans have come to expect an unsurpassed level of competitiveness
and drive in the team's starting players. Anyone ready to get a true college basketball experience can head to Xavier University's
Cintas Center in the weeks leading up to the end of the regular season to find a home venue exploding with excitement and
true athletic achievement. Small schools are the stuff that Cinderella teams are made of during the NCAA Tournament, and you
better believe the Xavier Musketeers are vying for that title with every postseason berth in the Big Dance. Fans of the Xavier
Musketeers basketball team can expect the team to give it all they've got with every big game on the schedule, and there's
never a dull moment at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati when the Musketeers are on the court.