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The Barn (1937-2012)

     Xavier University of Louisiana played its final basketball games at The Barn on Feb. 13, 2012. XU swept a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Tougaloo that day — the Gold Nuggets won 52-46, and the Gold Rush rallied from 16 down in the second half to win 67-61.
     Xavier's basketball and volleyball teams will play 2012-13 home contests in the Convocation Academic Center, a 4,500-seat facility scheduled for completion in the summer of 2012. The Barn will be razed sometime after the CAC opens, but the memories of Xavier's gymnasium will not disappear soon.
     The predominant memory will be of success. Xavier won 75 percent of its men's basketball games at The Barn during the final 30 seasons and 81 percent of its women's basketball games during the Title IX era, which began at Xavier in 1977. In 2011-12 the volleyball and basketball teams were a combined 34-4 in the gym.
     Archbishop Joseph Rummel of the Archdiocese of New Orleans dedicated the facility on Nov. 2, 1937. The facility cost $47,000. According to the CPI Inflation Calculator, The Barn would have cost $750,090.62 to build in 2012. The first game was Dec. 29, 1937, when Xavier defeated Alabama State 32-19 in men's basketball.
     The facility became known as The Barn in the 1960s because of a then-wood exterior and cavernous interior. But the gym no longer resembles a barn. The interior was enlarged and air-conditioned, and 1987 renovations — inspired by Pope John Paul II's visit to New Orleans and his celebration of Mass in the nearby quadrangle — replaced the wooden exterior with brick.
     The Barn underwent additional renovations during 2005-06 because of the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Xavier suspended its athletics program in 2005-06 after the university endured considerable storm damages, which included two feet of flood water in the gym. But by July 2006 the facility had been renovated — including Jackson State University's generous loan of a wooden basketball court — and The Barn was ready for the return of the athletics department's staff, coaches and teams.
     The Barn, which seated 1,300 for basketball games, also was used for the university's physical-education classes, intramurals, registration, graduation and concerts.

 
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Men's Basketball
•  Most Points in a Game:  141 vs. Wiley, Jan. 15, 1972 (Xavier won 141-81)
•  Biggest Winning Margin:  89 points (Xavier 116, Wesley 27), Nov. 15, 2004
•  Most Recent 100-Point Game:  Xavier 100, Carver 58, Oct. 31, 2009
•  Unbeaten Seasons (beginning 1978-79):  4 (18-0 in 1981-82, 15-0 in 1983-84, 14-0 in 1984-85, 12-0 in 1992-93)
•  Record Beginning 1981-82 (30 seasons): 315 wins, 104 losses, .752 percentage

Women's Basketball
•  Most Points in a Game:  120 vs. Louisiana Christian, Nov. 16, 1994 (Xavier won 120-20)
•  Biggest Winning Margin:  100 points (Xavier 120, Louisiana Christian 20), Nov. 16, 1994
•  Most Recent 100-Point Game:  Xavier 100, LaGrange 25, Dec. 16, 2000
•  Unbeaten Seasons:  7 (14-0 in 1996-97, 12-0 in 1997-98, 12-0 in 1999-2000, 8-0 in 2002-03, 13-0 in 2003-04, 14-0 in 2004-05, 17-0 in 2007-08)
•  Record During Modern Era (34 seasons, 1977-2012):  365 wins, 86 losses, .809 percentage

Links
•  XU alum Scoop Jackson writes about The Barn for ESPN.com
•  Preview of the final XU basketball games at The Barn
•  March 2011 announcement of the Convocation Academic Center

 

 
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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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