Men's Basketball Team Had Plenty Of Season Highlights To Brag About
April 29, 2010
CINCINNATI --- -
A third straight trip to at least the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 was among the many highlights of the 2009-10 season under first-year head coach Chris Mack. The PDF link is for a complete wrapup and statistics package for the 2009-10 season.
Xavier, 26-9, made its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and its ninth in the last 10 years, including the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2009 and NCAA Elite Eight appearances in 2008 and 2004. Xavier is one of only 12 schools that have made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including 2010: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Villanova, Wisconsin and Xavier. XU and Michigan State are the only two that have made to at least the Sweet 16 each of the last three years.
Xavier was ranked 14th in the final post-tournament ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and 25th in the final Associated Press Poll. This marked the third straight year that the Musketeers have been ranked in both final polls.
Sophomore Jordan Crawford led the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring at 20.5 ppg., while being named Third Team All-American by Sporting News.
Mack became the first XU head coach to guide a team to the Sweet 16 in his first or second season. Mack tied the school record for the most wins ever by an XU rookie head coach (26). In addition, he was the winningest first-year head coach in Division I and the only rookie head coach to lead his team into the 2010 NCAA Tournament field. He was named Basketball Times Rookie Coach of the Year.