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Gold Rush, with highest seeding since '82, take on Hope
March 12, 2014

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     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana will play Hope International at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 in the opening round of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship at Kansas City, Mo.
     For the second consecutive year and the third time in their last five tournament appearances, the XU men will play the last of 16 first-round games.
     Xavier (23-8) is seeded 12th, its highest since 1982. It's the first time that the Gold Rush are seeded in consecutive seasons. Xavier was No. 15 a year ago. This is Xavier's 15th appearance at nationals.
     The Gold Rush won a third consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship. Xavier ranks among the top 10 in its division in field-goal percentage defense, scoring defense and rebound margin. Sophomore guard Morris Wright (13.3) leads the Gold Rush in scoring. Wright and junior forward Sydney Coleman (13.2) were All-GCAC selections.
     Hope International, located in Fullerton, Calif., is 22-10 and finished third in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Royals lead NAIA Division I in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense. Sophomore guard Garrett Neiland (13.2) leads his team in scoring and is one of four averaging in double figures.
     It will be the first-ever meeting between Xavier and Hope International. The XU-Hope winner will play No. 5 Southwestern Assemblies of God or St. Catharine (Ky.) in the second round at 9:45 p.m. on Friday, March 21.


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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