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Gold Rush to play 8 straight regular-season home games
September 23, 2009

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's 2009-10 men's basketball schedule will feature 17 home games, including eight in a row to start the regular season, and two road exhibitions against NCAA Division I opponents.
     Seventh-year head coach Dannton Jackson — whose Gold Rush won 134 games and reached the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship four consecutive times — announced on Wednesday the schedule. There will be four first-time opponents, a trip to Florida for the first time since 1996 and a Feb. 20 matchup in New Orleans Arena — the Crosstown Classic — against longtime city, HBCU and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference rival Dillard.
     The exhibitions — Nov. 5 at Southern University and Nov. 10 at Western Kentucky — will occur during that early stretch of home games. Xavier's 72nd season will tip off at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 when Xavier plays Carver Bible at The Barn. It will be the second straight year the Xavier men play on Halloween, and it matches the earliest regular-season start in Rush history.
     There will be three Saturday home games in November, including Nov. 21 against Wiley during XU's homecoming. Wiley is on Xavier's schedule for the 11th straight season, and it's the seventh time in eight seasons they'll meet at least twice.
     Xavier will play an exhibition at Southern for the second straight season. Western Kentucky, winner of first-round games in the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, is a first-time opponent.
     It will be the third consecutive year and the seventh time in 10 seasons that Xavier and Dillard play in New Orleans Arena. An added feature of this season's Crosstown Classic will be Rush/Nugget Alumni Weekend, a gathering of former XU men's and women's basketball players.
     The other Xavier-Dillard matchup will be Jan. 30 at the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena.
     The other first-time opponents will be Brewton-Parker at home Nov. 13, Concordia (Ala.) at home Nov. 23 and at St. Thomas (Fla.) in the Miami Gardens Classic on Dec. 30. Xavier's other Miami Gardens Classic opponent will be Florida Memorial, an HBCU the Rush hasn't played since the 1975-76 season.
     Xavier will play Delta State, an NCAA Division II Tournament qualifier this past season, Nov. 18 at The Barn. The Rush and Statesmen will meet for the first time since 1986-87, and Delta State will be the second NCAA D-II opponent in three seasons to visit The Barn.
     The Rush will play Texas College for the seventh straight season but twice for the first time since 1993-94.
     Xavier will begin its GCAC schedule with a pair of road games for the third straight season. The opener will be Jan. 7 at LSU-Shreveport, the four-time defending GCAC Tournament champion. Two days later the Rush will visit defending GCAC regular-season champion Tougaloo.
     The first conference home game will be Jan. 14 against Spring Hill.
     Xavier's Feb. 6 game at The Barn against LSUS will be an NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Game, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. More than 500 collegiate and 100 high school programs have raised more than $50 million since 1993 for that program, a collaboration between the cancer society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
     The GCAC Tournament will begin March 2 and be played at campus sites for the fifth straight year. Hosts in each round will be the highest surviving seeds.
     With the exception of the Crosstown Classic, home games will be played at The Barn on Xavier's campus. This will be the 65th season of Gold Rush basketball at The Barn, which opened in 1937.
     Xavier was 19-12 in 2008-09 and tied for fourth place in the GCAC. Xavier's 25 seasons of 20 or more victories are the most in the history of Louisiana men's college basketball.

    
2009-10 XAVIER UNIVERSITY
MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Oct. 31:  CARVER BIBLE, 1 p.m.
Nov. 5:  at Southern (exhibition), 7 p.m.
Nov. 7:  WESLEY (MISS.) (DH), 3 p.m.
Nov. 10:  at Western Kentucky (exhibition), 7 p.m.
Nov. 13:  BREWTON-PARKER, 7 p.m.
Nov. 14:  TEXAS COLLEGE, 7 p.m.
Nov. 18:  DELTA STATE, 6 p.m.
Nov. 21:  WILEY (DH) (Homecoming), 2 p.m.
Nov. 23:  CONCORDIA (ALA.) (DH), 7 p.m.
Dec. 4:  PHILANDER SMITH, 7 p.m.
Dec. 12:  Texas College (1), 2 p.m.
Dec. 13:  at Wiley (1), 4 p.m.
Dec. 29:  Florida Memorial (2), 6 p.m. (7 p.m. EST)
Dec. 30:  at St. Thomas (Fla.) (2), 6 p.m. (7 p.m. EST)
Jan. 7:  at LSU-Shreveport (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9:  at Tougaloo (DH), 7 p.m.
Jan. 14:  • SPRING HILL (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16:  at SUNO (DH), 7 p.m.
Jan. 21:  at Mobile (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23:  • WILLIAM CAREY (DH), 7 p.m.
Jan. 25:  • LOYOLA (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28:  • BELHAVEN (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30:  at Dillard (DH) (Bleu Devil Classic at UNO Lakefront Arena), 7 p.m.
Feb. 4:  at Spring Hill (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6:  • LSU-SHREVEPORT (DH) (NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Game), 7 p.m.
Feb. 8:  • TOUGALOO (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11:  at Belhaven (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13:  at William Carey (DH), 7 p.m.
Feb. 18:  at Loyola (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20:  • DILLARD (DH) (Crosstown Classic and Rush/Nugget Alumni Weekend at New Orleans Arena), 7 p.m.
Feb. 22:  • MOBILE (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25:  • SUNO (DH) (Senior Night), 7:30 p.m.
March 2-9:  GCAC Tournament
March 17-23:  Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship, Kansas City, Mo.

Home games in BOLD
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference game
(DH) — Doubleheader with Xavier's women
TBA — To be announced
All times are Central except where noted
(1) Wiley Classic, Marshall, Texas
(2) Miami Gardens Classic, Miami Gardens, Fla.

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