2014-2015 Xavier Musketeers Men's Basketball Schedule
With plenty of big-time talent, the Musketeers expect to
compete for a conference title in the A-10, though that won't be easily done with a bevy of committed programs in the mix.
Don't hesitate to start making your plans to get out to a great game loaded with memorable action that will have you jumping
out of your seat on a regular basis. In 2013-2014, the Musketeers once again notched a winning season both inside the conference
and outside of it, delivering 10 conference wins and a 21-13 overall record to make them one of the top teams in the conference.
There has never been a better time to get out and show your Musketeers love, so get together with a few friends and get ready
to see a game that you won't soon forget!
Against teams like Richmond and Temple, Xavier has plenty of big games on
the schedule and is sure to challenge for a conference title if everything works out, giving you lots of opportunities to
get out to the stands to show your team spirit. Cintas Centeris sure to be absolutely rocking once again this year, though
that's something that you'll need to see first-hand to truly appreciate. This is a team that is known to rise to the challenge,
which is exactly what you'll get a chance to see if you head out to join in the excitement as the Musketeers look to make
it happen this year.
But it's definitely not only about the home games, as the away matchups can be every bit as exhilarating.
The Musketeers are known to give their fans some major thrills away from home as well, which is why it's always a good time
to wear your favorite navy blue and white gear to make sure that you show your support both home and away. Once you're there
in the middle of an epic matchup that has all of the makings of a classic, whether at home or on the road, it won't take long
to get completely swept up in the rim-rocking excitement as the Musketeers look to shoot their way up the conference standings.
Xavier Musketeers Basketball Team Info
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 continuously brought 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.
The NCAA Basketball Experience
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. Put it all together and the experience of seeing a team like Xavier in action is just one of the top spectator
sporting experiences that you're going to find anywhere, giving you plenty of incentive to head out and join in the excitement.
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 2007-2008 season. With six different appearances in the Sweet Sixteen and a nationally recognized
program, Xavier is a major part of the sports scene around Cincinnati for a reason, and it definitely isn't because there
is a lack of talent from one season to the next.
Xavier Musketeers Basketball Trivia
Which Musketeer was
drafted the highest into the NBA?
The answer is Brian Grant, the terrific power forward/center who ended up putting
together an impressive NBA career after dominating playing for the Musketeers. Grant would end up playing for five different
franchises from 1994 through 2006 after the Sacramento Kings snagged him with the eighth overall pick in the draft. Other
first round selections coming from Xavier include David West (18), Tyrone Hill (11), James Posey (18) and Jordan Crawford
Xavier Musketeers Basketball Fans
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. Once the opening tip is about to happen, the atmosphere
will be absolutely loaded with passion and fanfare that you simply can't conjure up anywhere else, making it always a good
play to snag a few seats and get right into the heart of the action his season. The sky is the limit for the Musketeers coming
off of an exciting 2013-2014 campaign, and campus will be springing to life every single game day throughout the season as
the Musketeers go up against some of the top teams in college hoops.