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Rush picked to win GCAC regular-season championship
October 8, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — For the second time in three seasons, Xavier University of Louisiana is the top choice in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball preseason poll.
     The Gold Rush received seven first-place votes and 49 points in a poll of the GCAC's head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own team. Xavier was 23-9 this past year, shared the GCAC regular-season championship with Tougaloo and was No. 24 in the final NAIA Division I coaches poll. The Gold Rush qualfied for the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship for the sixth time in eight seasons.
     This is the fifth time in six seasons that the Gold Rush were picked to finish second or higher in the conference.
     Senior forwards Anthony Simmons and Denzell Erves, both All-GCAC this past season, are among seven returning XU lettermen. Also back is senior guard Wanto Joseph, who joined Simmons and Erves on the preseason All-GCAC team announced one week ago.
     SUNO, the 2012 GCAC Tournament champion, received the other first-place vote and finished second with 40 points. Tougaloo was third, and Philander Smith was fourth.
     The XU men will open their 75th season at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the new Convocation Academic Center against Morehouse. The facility, which will seat 3,817 for athletic contests, is expected to be completed by the end of October. Call (504) 520-7329 for ticket information.

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Men's Basketball
2012-13 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)

No. School Points
1. Xavier (7) 49
2. SUNO (1) 40
3. Tougaloo 37
4. Philander Smith 30
5. (tie) Fisk 21
5. (tie) Talladega 21
7. Edward Waters 17
8. Dillard 9

Xavier in previous GCAC polls
2011-12 — 2nd
2010-11 — 1st
2009-10 — 8th
2008-09 — 2nd
2007-08 — 1st
2006-07 — 6th
2004-05 — 3rd
2003-04 — 4th
2002-03 — 5th

       2001-02 — 1st
2000-01 — 2nd
1999-2000 — 3rd
1992-93 — 2nd
1991-92 — 1st
1989-90 — 6th
1988-89 — 4th
1987-88 — 2nd


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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