Everything You Need To Know About Xavier

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As the NCAA announced the field for this year's tournament last night, the #7 seed Notre Dame men's basketball team gears up for a South Region second round matchup with #10 seed Xavier University on Friday night in Greensboro, N.C. Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 9:45 pm ET and the game will air on CBS with the broadcast team of Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Tracy Wolfson.

For those unfamiliar with Xavier, here's some information about the Irish's upcoming opponent:

  • Record: 21-12 (at-large bid)
  • Coach: Chris Mack (3rd season)
  • Best wins: at Vanderbilt (82-70 OT), Cincinnati (76-53), Purdue (66-63)
  • Home arena: Cintas Center (capacity: 10,250)
  • Best players: Tu Holloway, Sr., G (17.0 PPG, 5.1 APG), Mark Lyons, Jr., G. (15.5 PPG)
  • NCAA history: Seventh straight appearance, 23rd in program history
  • Deepest tournament run: Elite Eight (2004 and 2008)

And a few facts about the university:

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Founded: 1831
  • Conference: Atlantic-10
  • Enrollment: 4,368 undergraduates, 7,019 total students
  • Academics: 85 undergraduate majors, 54 minors and 11 graduate programs
  • Religious Affiliation: Catholic (Jesuit)
  • Mascot: Musketeers
  • Colors: Navy blue and white
  • Notable alumni: John Boehner (Speaker of the United States House of Representatives), David West (NBA all-star, Indiana Pacers forward), Jim Bunning (Baseball Hall of Famer, former U.S. Senator)

The Musketeers finished 10-6 in the conference and earned the #3 seed for this year's Atlantic-10 tournament. They fell to fourth-seeded St. Bonaventure in Sunday's conference championship game, 67-56.

Friday night's game will be the 19th all-time meeting between Notre Dame and Xavier, a series the Fighting Irish lead, 15-3. The teams last met in 2001, which also happened to be an NCAA tournament. The Irish won the first round contest in Kansas City, 83-71.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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