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In the Mississippi Valley,
In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Gold Rush 19th in VSN preseason rankings
October 16, 2008
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is
starting the 2008-09 men's basketball season in a familiar spot —
among the best NAIA teams in the nation.
Coach Dannton Jackson's Gold Rush is No. 19 in the
Victory Sports Network preseason rankings announced Thursday. VSN
writer David Paul Estes determines the rankings.
Xavier returns nine lettermen, including starters
Shaun Dumas and Dannie Woods, from its 2007-08 team, which was 24-10
and earned a school-record fourth consecutive berth in the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Championship
at Kansas City, Mo. That team was No. 8 in VSN's preseason rankings and
climbed as high as No. 5 during the season.
Two opponents on the Rush's schedule are ranked.
No. 15 LSU-Shreveport will host Xavier on Jan. 8 in the Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference opener and visit Xavier on Feb. 7. No. 16 MidAmerica Nazarene —
moving to NAIA Division I this season after winning the Division II championship in 2007
and reaching the semifinals in 2008 — will play Xavier
Nov. 28 in the Concordia Thanksgiving Tournament at Irvine, Calif.
Robert Morris (Chicago), a quarterfinalist at
the 2008 national tournament, is the preseason No. 1 team. Two-time defending
champion Oklahoma City is No. 5. Also in the top 10 are No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.) —
a first-round loser to Xavier at the 2007 national tournament — and No. 8
Texas Wesleyan, which lost to Xavier at The Barn this past season.
Dumas, who averaged 10.5 points per game in 2007-08, is a two-time All-GCAC selection
and was the league's Freshman of the Year in 2004-05.
Woods averaged 6.3 points and led the team in blocked shots.
Also back is Kelechi Okoroha, who shot 60 percent from the floor the past two seasons.
Xavier will tip off its regular season at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31
against Southern Polytechnic at The Barn. The Rush will play its first six
regular-season games at home and visit Southern in a Nov. 11 exhibition
in the middle of that stretch. Xavier will play Dillard on Jan. 24 in the
Crosstown Classic at New Orleans Arena
in the first of two meetings with its longtime city, HBCU and GCAC rival.
VSN will release its first regular-season
ranking Nov. 10. The NAIA will announce its preseason basketball coaches polls in
all four divisions — Division I men and women, Division II men and
women — on Oct. 27 and its first regular-season polls Dec. 1.
Victory Sports Network
2008-09 Men's Basketball
(2007-08 records in parentheses)
1. Robert Morris (Chicago) (28-4)
2. Georgetown (Ky.) (34-1)
3. Lee (Tenn.) (33-2)
4. California Baptist (24-9)
5. Oklahoma City (31-7)
6. Azusa Pacific (24-11)
7. Oklahoma Baptist (24-10)
8. Texas Wesleyan (20-12)
9. Cumberlands (20-14)
10. McKendree (27-7)
11. Auburn Montgomery (19-9)
12. Union (Tenn.) (18-13)
13. Mountain State (34-3)
14. Campbellsville (25-10)
15. LSU-Shreveport (31-3)
16. MidAmerica Nazarene (31-5)
17. Westminster (Utah) (20-7)
18. Northwestern Oklahoma (18-11)
19. Xavier (24-10)
20. Freed Hardeman (20-11)
21. Concordia (Calif.) (28-5)
22. Olivet Nazarene (17-15)
23. Lambuth (29-5)
24. Martin Methodist (26-7)
25. Illinois Springfield (22-10)