Xavier Musketeers men’s basketball

Xavier Musketeers men’s basketball

The Xavier Musketeers men’s basketball team represents Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The school’s team now competes in the Big East Conference. Of all Division I programs yet to make a Final 4, Xavier has the most all-time tournament wins with 27. Xavier has appeared in the NCAA Championship 27 times, 15 times in the previous 17 years. On March 11, 2018, Xavier made its first ever No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
Xavier won four Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships (1998, 2002, 2004 and 2006). Xavier has won or shared 17 regular season conference championships, while winning 9 conference tournament championships. Additionally, they have won one Big East Conference regular season title in 2018.
Xavier has been listed one of the top-20 most precious college basketball programs in america.
The very first Xavier Basketball game on record was February 20, 1920 at the Fenwick Club in Cincinnati. Coached by Joe Meyer, the Musketeers compiled a 94–52 record during Meyer’s’s 13-year run as head coach from 1920 to 1933. The Musketeer’s success lasted under second head coach Clem Crowe. During Crowe’s 10 years as Xavier head coach, Xavier compiled a record of 96–78. Crowe’s 96 wins as a head coach rank fourth all time among Xavier head coaches. [5] After the 1942–43 season, play has been suspended for the following two seasons because of World War II. In 1945, the program resumed under the leadership of head coach Ed Burns. In his one season as head coach, Burns compiled a record of 3–16.
Back in 1946, Burns was replaced by Lew Hirt. Underneath Hirt, the Musketeers first postseason appearance was at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) throughout the 1948 NAIA National Basketball Tournament, the national tournament for small schools. Xavier finished in 4th place, losing to Hamline University at the national third-place match, 58–59. 1948 was the only season Xavier appeared at the NAIA Tournament.
In 1951, Hirt has been replaced as head trainer from Ned Wulk. Wulk directed the Musketeers to National Invitational Tournament appearances in 1956 and 1957. The 1956 look marked Xavier’s first NIT triumph, an 84–80 success over Saint Louis.
Following a loss to Bradley in the 1957 NIT, Wulk was replaced as head trainer from Jim McCafferty. McCafferty headed the Musketeers back to some third consecutive NIT in 1958. With wins over Niagara, Bradley, St. Bonaventure and Dayton, Xavier captured the NIT. That was the very first postseason championship won by almost any Ohio Division I college.
Back in 1961, McCafferty led Xavier to their original appearance in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. On March 14, 1961, Xavier fell to Morehead State in the Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville, Kentucky.
McCafferty has been replaced as head coach in 1963. He would be followed by Don Ruberg (1963–67), George Krajack (1967–71), Dick Campbell (1971–73) and Tay Baker (1973–79).
In 1979, Xavier was one of the charter members of the Midwestern City Conference (nicknamed the MCC or Midwestern City , and currently known as the Horizon League), which also comprised Butler, Evansville, Loyola (Chicago), Oklahoma City, and Oral Roberts. That season also marked the hiring of head coach Bob Staak, that gathered an 88–86 record during his six seasons as head coach, including a return to both the NCAA Tournament and NIT.

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