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Xavier men No. 10 in NAIA preseason poll
For immediate release . . . October 31, 2007

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier Universiity of Louisiana is No. 10 in the NAIA Division I preseason men's basketball poll released Wednesday.

Coach Dannton Jackson's Gold Rush returns all five starters from the 2006-07 team which was 22-10 and won a first-round game in the NAIA Tournament for the first time since 1973. Returning players include guards Shaun Dumas, a third-team NAIA All-American this past season, and Mark Stewart, who was third-team All-Louisiana. Also back is senior forward Alfred Williams, the team's leading rebounder.

Xavier will travel to Texas to play the Longhorns in a 7 p.m. Friday exhibition, then play Wesley (Miss.) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the regular-season opener at The Barn, the Xavier gymnasium which turns 70 years old on Friday.

Defending champion Oklahoma City is No. 1 in the poll.

Two Xavier opponents, No. 17 LSU-Shreveport and No. 19 Wiley, made the top 25. Xavier will visit LSUS on Jan. 23 and play host to the Pilots on Feb. 14. Xavier will play host to Wiley on Nov. 10 and visit the Wildcats on Nov. 24.

Xavier was among "others receiving votes" in the final regular-season poll this past season. The Gold Rush spent one week of the 2006-07 season in the top 25 — No. 22 in the Feb. 14 poll. No poll was conducted after the national tourney.

The first regular-season poll will be released Dec. 5.

2007-08 NAIA Men's Basketball Preseason Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll

RANK

LAST YEAR*

SCHOOL

1ST PLACE VOTES

2006-07 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

2

Oklahoma City

9

35-2

327

2

5

Concordia (Calif.)

2

31-7

318

3

9

Crichton (Tenn.)

 

29-7

299

4

22

Faulkner (Ala.)

 

24-11

293

5

6

Mountain State (W.Va.)

 

27-6

290

6

3

Georgetown (Ky.)

 

29-4

268

7

1

Robert Morris (Ill.)

 

0-29

260

8

10

Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

 

29-7

251

9

3

Southern Nazarene (Okla.)

 

28-7

239

10

31

Xavier (La.)

 

22-10

225

11

19

Campbellsville (Ky.)

 

27-7

220

12

18

Lambuth (Tenn.)

 

25-8

196

T13

17

Illinois-Springfield

 

24-9

168

T13

T15

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

 

26-7

168

15

T15

Oklahoma Baptist

 

22-10

166

16

7

Park (Mo.)

 

25-7

157

17

23

LSU-Shreveport (La.)

 

25-8

146

18

26

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

 

19-10

116

19

12

Union (Tenn.)

 

25-10

114

19

30

Wiley (Texas)

 

18-9

111

21

28

Lee (Tenn.)

 

22-10

109

22

NR

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)

 

19-13

108

23

27

McKendree (Ill.)

 

23-12

104

24

T19

Northwestern Oklahoma

 

22-12

71

25

NR

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

 

19-12

67


Others Receiving Votes:
 

Westminster (Utah) 63; Mobile (Ala.) 48; Texas Wesleyan 44; Biola (Calif.) 29; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 28; Cumberlands (Ky.) 20; Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) 17; St. Xavier (Ill.) 14; California Baptist 12; Carroll (Mont.) 12; Southern Polytechnic (Ga.) 11; Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 7; Voorhees (S.C.) 6; Jarvis Christian (Texas) 5; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 3; Tougaloo (Miss.) 3; Langston (Okla.) 1; Pikeville (Ky.) 1

 

* Final seeding heading into the Division I Championship

 

 
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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 and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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