Xavier University Unveils 2005-06 Men's Basketball Schedule
Sept. 6, 2005
CINCINNATI --- The Xavier University Musketeer men's basketball team will play 10 games during the 2005-06 season against teams that made postseason play last season, including a clash with NCAA Runner-up Illinois at the United Center in Chicago and home-and-away Atlantic 10 matchups against NIT Runner-up Saint Joseph's.
Xavier's 15-game regular season home schedule includes non-conference clashes against 2005 NCAA teams Eastern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The conference home games include postseason participants George Washington (2005 NCAA) and Saint Joseph's (2005 NIT), long-time traditional rival Dayton and new Atlantic 10 Conference member Saint Louis, a former rival of XU in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference from 1983-91.
In addition to Illinois, Xavier's non-conference road schedule includes Purdue in the Wooden Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and trips to Miami (Ohio) and Creighton, which made the NIT and NCAA fields respectively last season.
Xavier, ranked 46th in ESPN's Sizzling Summer 50, will face three A-10 teams that made ESPN's top 31 teams: George Washington (24), Charlotte (27) and Temple (31).
"Our 2005-06 schedule is both challenging and exciting," said second-year head coach Sean Miller. "The two A-10 additions, Charlotte and Saint Louis, make our league even deeper and stronger. We are also excited for our Indianapolis and Chicago fan bases to have two marquee matchups such as Illinois and Purdue. In particular, the road opportunities on our schedule might be as difficult as any in school history."
Xavier's rugged eight-game Atlantic 10 road schedule includes new Atlantic 10 member Charlotte (2005 NCAA), Saint Joseph's (2005 NIT), Temple (2005 NIT), Dayton, Richmond, Rhode Island and Saint Louis.
The Musketeers play three Atlantic 10 teams twice in each of the next two seasons, including Dayton, Saint Louis and Saint Joseph's. XU plays every other A-10 team only once during the regular season. The home team will switch for next year's games.
Cincinnati will once again be the site of the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Championship, which will be held March 8-11 at U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati.