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Xavier displays winning touch in all-time NAIA rankings
October 23, 2009

     NEW ORLEANS — The NAIA released the lists of its all-time winningest basketball programs Tuesday, and Xavier University of Louisiana is prominent on both.
     The Gold Rush is 16th on the men's list with 1,101 victories. The Gold Nuggets are 16th among the women with 634 victories.
     Eric Smith, sports information director of NAIA member Taylor University (Upland, Ind.), compiled the list and ranked the 25 winningest men's and women's programs, regardless of classification. Xavier is one of eight schools on both lists, joining Doane, Georgetown (Ky.), Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma City, Saint Ambrose (Iowa), Taylor and William Jewell (Mo.).
     Xavier and Saint Ambrose are the only schools with both programs in the top 16. Saint Ambrose is third in women's victories and 11th in men's.
     Xavier has the fifth highest winning percentage (.630) among the 25 winningest men's teams and the seventh highest percentage (.685) among the women.
     In 71 seasons of men's basketball, Xavier has won 1,101 games and lost 648. Xavier's women are 634-292 in 31 seasons. The Gold Rush has 25 seasons of 20 or more victories — the most in the history of Louisiana men's collegiate basketball — and the Gold Nuggets have reached 20 victories 19 times, including 16 times in the past 17 seasons.
     Georgetown is the leader in men's victories with 1,613. Union (Tenn.), the defending Division I national champion and winner of three of the past five titles, is the women's leader with 1,035.
     Xavier fielded its first men's team in 1928-29 and its first women's team of the Title IX era in 1977-78. Xavier occasionally competed in women's basketball prior to 1961, but records for that era are sketchy and have not been compiled. Neither team competed in 2005-06 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the Gold Rush did not compete for seven seasons (1960-67) after the university dropped intercollegiate athletics.
     Both teams will begin their 2009-10 seasons next week. The Nuggets will play Talladega at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Port City Tip-Off Classic at Mobile, Ala., and the Rush will play Carver Bible at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at The Barn.

   
Winningest NAIA
Basketball Programs
MEN

No. School W L
1. Georgetown (Ky.) 1,613 814
2. McKendree (Ill.) 1,574 795
3. William Jewell (Mo.) 1,510 1,064
4. Nebraska Wesleyan 1,333 936
  Oklahoma City 1,333 829
6. Oklahoma Baptist 1,331 952
7. Southwestern (Kan.) 1,294 1,059
8. Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 1,255 831
9. Central Methodist (Mo.) 1,227 1,050
10. Taylor (Ind.) 1,200 766
11. Saint Ambrose (Iowa) 1,198 994
12. Oregon Tech 1,149 629
13. College of Idaho 1,132 888
14. Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 1,108 1,068
  Langston (Okla.) 1,108 958
16. Xavier University of Louisiana 1,101 648
17. Bethany (Kan.) 1,096 1,109
18. Northwestern Oklahoma State 1,077 962
19. Doane (Neb.) 1,066 1,042
20. Westmont (Calif.) 1,059 730
21. Ottawa (Kan.) 1,058 1,010
22. Texas Wesleyan 1,050 940
23. Huntington (Ind.) 1,049 1,018
24. Bethel (Ind.) 1,041 525
25. Minot State (N.D.) 1,037 778

WOMEN

No. School W L
1. Union (Tenn.) 1,035 190
2. Wayland Baptist (Texas) 920 363
3. Saint Ambrose (Iowa) 787 271
4. Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 770 370
5. Mount Mercy (Iowa) 758 388
6. Midland Lutheran (Neb.) 716 362
7. Campbellsville (Ky.) 705 300
8. Tennessee Wesleyan 678 334
9. Biola (Calif.) 656 516
10. Ozarks (Mo.) 650 299
11. Oklahoma Christian 649 365
12. Sterling (Kan.) 646 287
13. Cedarville (Ohio) 642 493
14. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 639 418
15. Lee (Tenn.) 635 391
16. Xavier University of Louisiana 634 292
17. Oklahoma Baptist 629 386
18. Doane (Neb.) 627 382
19. Taylor (Ind.) 622 484
20. Oklahoma City 619 267
21. Northwestern (Iowa) 617 421
22. Aquinas (Mich.) 604 318
23. Georgetown (Ky.) 602 403
24. William Jewell (Mo.) 601 429
25. William Penn (Iowa) 592 465

 

 
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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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