Xavier Musketeers Basketball Schedule in 2014-15
The Xavier Musketeers are ready to fire on all cylinders this
season as they take the court to play some of the toughest competitors the NCAA ranks have to offer. The Musketeers looks
to have a team with plenty of potential, and the coaching staff is looking to unleash that potential on their opponents in
2014-15. The Musketeers are coming off a 2013-14 season in which they were able to win more than 20 games and post a winning
record in conference play. The Musketeers call the Big East home, a conference that is home to a multitude of top programs.
Xavier was able to make the NCAA Tournament last season, and they're hoping to return this year. They've got a ton of tough
home games on the docket this season, and they'll have to take care of business at their own arena in order to have a shot
at the Big Dance.
Xavier will surely look to step its game up when the Villanova Wildcats come to town this season.
The Wildcats posted the top record in the Big East last season and should be a force to be reckoned with yet again this season.
With head coach Jay Wright leading the charge, Villanova is going to be tough to beat, and that's why Xavier needs their biggest
fans to show up for this contest to cheer the team on.
Another big game will come to the Cintas Center when the Georgetown
Hoyas arrive in 2014-15. The Hoyas are coming off a bit of a down year, but they should be able to bounce back and contend
for the Big East title this year. The Hoyas have one of the more historic programs in the conference, and they've always got
top recruits joining the team. The Musketeers would love to take them down and send them home with a loss. There are plenty
of other great matchups coming for the Musketeers this season, and you can be there for any of them by checking out the schedule
and seeing which ones appeal to you most.
Xavier Musketeers Basketball 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 University 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.
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 putting 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. 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 Basketball Trivia
team does former Xavier player David West play for?
The answer is the Indiana Pacers. West has been very good on the
pro level since excelling at Xavier, and now he provides a competitive Pacers team with a post presence and good veteran leadership.
The Pacers will look to take home the NBA Championship this pro season.
Xavier Musketeers Basketball Fans
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. 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.