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Gold Rush to play 2 from NCAA D1 and 17 home games
September 21, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Repeat road matchups with NCAA Division I opponents Western Kentucky and Southern are included on the 2010-11 Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball schedule.
     Dannton Jackson, returning for his eighth season as head coach of the Gold Rush, announced Tuesday the schedule, which includes one exhibition and 30 regular-season games.
     Xavier — picked first in the preseason coaches poll to win the NAIA's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference — will visit Western Kentucky in a Nov. 4 exhibition and travel to Southern on Dec. 20 for the first regular-season meeting between Xavier and Southern since the 2000-01 season. The Gold Rush and Jaguars met in exhibitions each of the past two seasons.
     For the second consecutive season Xavier will play 17 home games. Xavier will open its 73rd season Oct. 30 with a 4 p.m. game at The Barn against Webber International. XU's first six regular-season games will be at home.
     The Gold Rush will play Philander Smith for homecoming at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20 and face Talladega — the 2010 USCAA national champion — on Dec. 3 at The Barn. The Gold Rush will play Talladega for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
     The lone first-time opponent will be Dakota Wesleyan, an NAIA Division II member which was 28-6 a year ago. The Gold Rush will play the Tigers on Dec. 30 in the Miami Gardens (Fla.) Classic. It'll be the second straight year that Xavier plays in that event.
     Xavier will play its GCAC opener Jan. 22 at The Barn against Tougaloo. The GCAC Tournament will be March 3-5 at Jacksonville, Fla., with Edward Waters as host. The tournament champion will receive the GCAC's automatic bid to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship, which will start March 16 at Kansas City, Mo. Xavier reached the NAIA national tourney four consecutive seasons from 2004-2008.
     The Gold Rush will play SUNO on senior night at The Barn on Feb. 19 and Dillard in the Crosstown Classic at The Barn on Feb. 26. XU's home matchup with Dillard will be part of Rush/Nuggets Alumni Weekend.
     Xavier will play twice against 10 opponents, including St. Thomas (Texas), which appears on the schedule for the first time since 1984-85. The Gold Rush will play three road games in New Orleans: Dec. 6 at Loyola, Jan. 29 at SUNO and Feb. 5 at Dillard.
     The Gold Rush's Feb. 22 game against St. Thomas (Texas) at The Barn will be an NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers game. Jackson and his staff will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire that night to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Fans also are invited to wear sneakers to that game.
     Xavier returns seven lettermen from last season's 18-13 team, including All-GCAC and third-team All-Louisiana guard Michael Harvey. The Gold Rush in 2009-10 ranked second in NAIA Division I in field-goal percentage defense, sixth in scoring defense and defeated three ranked opponents. Xavier's 25 seasons of 20 or more victories are the most in the history of Louisiana men's college basketball.


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Nov. 4:  at Western Kentucky (exhibition), 7 p.m.
Nov. 6:  CARVER, 6 p.m.
Nov. 12:  ST. THOMAS (FLA.), 7 p.m.
Nov. 18:  JARVIS CHRISTIAN, 7 p.m.
Nov. 20:  PHILANDER SMITH (DH) (Homecoming), 2 p.m.
Nov. 22:  WILEY (DH), 6 p.m.
Nov. 27:  Wiley (at Houston, Texas / U. of St. Thomas), 1 p.m.
Nov. 29:  at St. Thomas (Texas), 7 p.m.
Dec. 3:  TALLADEGA, 6 p.m.
Dec. 6:  at Loyola, 7 p.m.
Dec. 18:  at William Carey, 4 p.m.
Dec. 20:  at Southern, 7 p.m.
Dec. 29:  Webber International (1), 3 p.m. (4 p.m. EST)
Dec. 30:  Dakota Wesleyan (1), 3 p.m. (4 p.m. EST)
Jan. 6:  CONCORDIA (ALA.) (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8:  at Belhaven (DH), 6 p.m.
Jan. 10:  WILLIAM CAREY (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15:  LOYOLA (DH), 7 p.m.
Jan. 17:  SPRING HILL, 7 p.m.
Jan. 22:  • TOUGALOO (DH), 7 p.m.
Jan. 24:  MOBILE (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29:  at SUNO (DH), 7 p.m.
Feb. 2:  BELHAVEN (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5:  at Dillard (DH) (Bleu Devil Classic), 7 p.m.
Feb. 7:  at Spring Hill, 7 p.m.
Feb. 12:  at Tougaloo (DH), 7 p.m.
Feb. 17:  at Mobile (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19:  • SUNO (DH) (Senior Night), 7 p.m.
Feb. 22:  ST. THOMAS (TEXAS) (NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Game), 7 p.m.
Feb. 26:  • DILLARD (DH) (Crosstown Classic and Rush/Nuggets Alumni Weekend), 7 p.m.
March 3-5:  GCAC Tournament, Jacksonville, Fla.
March 16-22:  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) Miami Gardens Classic, Miami Gardens, Fla.

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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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