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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)
Rush to play 15 at home, exhibition at Vandy, 2 with UNO
September 2, 2011
NEW ORLEANS — Fifteen home games, back-to-back road exhibitions
against NCAA Division I opponents and eight matchups against city schools are among the highlights
of the 2011-12 Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball schedule.
Ninth-year head coach Dannton Jackson announced
the schedule Friday.
Xavier, 27-6 last season and No. 17 in the final
NAIA Division I coaches poll, will begin its 74th season Nov. 2 against
Carver College at The Barn. It will be the 18th consecutive season that
the Gold Rush open at home, and the XU men will attempt to win their opener
for the 16th straight season.
XU's men will play six of their first eight
regular-season games at home and another stretch Jan. 10-Feb. 1 with
eight of nine at The Barn. But during that early period — immediately
after the Carver game — the Gold Rush
will travel to play NCAA D-I opponents Western Kentucky on Nov. 5 and Vanderbilt
on Nov. 7. It will be the third straight season that Xavier visits the Hilltoppers
and the first time that the Rush meet an SEC team in an exhibition.
The schedule contains the annual Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference home-and-away matchups with city rivals SUNO and Dillard — Dillard will visit
Xavier on Jan. 28 for the Crosstown Classic, part of Rush/Nuggets Alumni Weekend —
and there will be two games apiece against Loyola and the University of New Orleans.
UNO, still classified as Division I but transitioning
to NCAA Division II, will play host to the Gold Rush on Jan. 4 and visit The Barn
on Feb. 1. It will be the first time that XU and UNO meet in the regular season
since Feb. 11, 1976, and it will be the Privateers' second visit to The Barn —
the first was on Feb. 15, 1974.
Loyola will visit Xavier on Nov. 29 and play host to the
Gold Rush on Dec. 17.
For the second straight season there will be consecutive games against longtime rival Wiley,
starting with a Nov. 19 matchup during Xavier's homecoming. The Rush also will play home-and-away
non-conference series with Mobile, St. Thomas (Fla.) and William Carey. Xavier will
play twice in south Florida between Christmas and New Year's Day for the third straight season.
The GCAC schedule will include Xavier's first-ever league
matchups with Edward Waters and Fisk, which joined the league in 2010, and with Philander
Smith, which joined in July. Talladega, the other GCAC school to join in July, returns
after a three-year stint from 1999-2002. The conference will employ
its traditional double round-robin scheduling after an unbalanced league
schedule last season. Edward Waters and Jacksonville, Fla., will play host to the GCAC Tournament for the second
The GCAC will crown a regular-season and tournament champion,
and the latter will receive an automatic bid to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National
Championship at Kansas City, Mo. Xavier qualified for nationals last season as an at-large
selection and reached the tournament for the fifth time in seven seasons.
2011-12 Xavier University
Men's Basketball Schedule
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Nov. 2 (Wed.): CARVER, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 (Sat.): at Western Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. (exhibition)
Nov. 7 (Mon.): at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (exhibition)
Nov. 11 (Fri.): ST. THOMAS (FLA.), 6 p.m.
Nov. 14 (Mon.): at Mobile, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 (Sat.): WILEY (DH), 2 p.m. (Homecoming)
Nov. 26 (Sat.): at Wiley, 2 p.m.
Nov. 29 (Tue.): LOYOLA (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 (Sat.): CONCORDIA (ALA.) (DH), 4 p.m.
Dec. 6 (Tue.): MOBILE, 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 (Tue.): at William Carey, 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 (Sat.): at Loyola (DH), 4 p.m.
Dec. 28 (Wed.): Florida Memorial, 5 p.m. EST (St. Thomas Classic)
Dec. 29 (Thu.): at St. Thomas (Fla.), 7 p.m. EST (St. Thomas Classic)
Jan. 4 (Wed.): at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 (Sat.): • at Philander Smith (DH), noon
Jan. 10 (Tue.): • SUNO (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 (Fri.): • EDWARD WATERS (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 (Sat.): • FISK (DH), 7 p.m.
Jan. 16 (Mon.): • PHILANDER SMITH (DH), 7 p.m.
Jan. 21 (Sat.): • TALLADEGA (DH), 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 (Mon.): • at Tougaloo (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 (Sat.): • DILLARD (DH), 7 p.m. (Crosstown Classic and Rush/Nuggets Alumni Weekend)
Jan. 30 (Mon.): WILLIAM CAREY, 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 (Wed.): NEW ORLEANS, 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 (Mon.): • at SUNO (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 (Sat.): • at Talladega (DH), 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 (Mon.): • TOUGALOO (DH), 7:30 p.m. (Senior Night)
Feb. 18 (Sat.): • at Edward Waters (DH), 4 p.m. EST
Feb. 20 (Mon.): • at Fisk (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25 (Sat.): • at Dillard (DH), 7 p.m. (Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic)
March 1-3 (Thu.-Sat): GCAC Tournament, Jacksonville, Fla.
March 14-20 (Wed.-Tue.): Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship, Kansas City, Mo.
Home games in (in bold and CAPITAL LETTERS) are played at The Barn (capacity 1,300), Xavier University campus, New Orleans
• Gulf Coast Athletic Conference game
DH — doubleheader with Xavier's women
TBA — To be announced
All times are Central except where noted
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