Xavier Musketeers Release Their 2010-11 Men's Basketball Schedule
Sept. 7, 2010
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University released its complete 2010-11 men's basketball schedule Tuesday, including the slate of national and regional television games on the ESPN and CBS College networks. Xavier's 30-game regular season slate includes potentially 16 games against teams that played 2010 postseason action, including nine 2010 NCAA Tournament teams.
The impressive television schedule includes 10 regular season broadcasts on the ESPN family of networks, three CBS College Sports Network national broadcasts and five CBS College Sports regional broadcasts. The games that will be broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio and potential television for the three games of the Paradise Jam will be announced at a later date.
Xavier, which has reached at least the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 three years in a row, is coming off a 26-9 season in its first year under head coach Chris Mack. XU will be shooting for its fifth straight Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championship, which would match the A-10 record set by Massachusetts from 1992-96.
"It's amazing how much times have changed," said Mack "I keep going back to when I played and the teams on our schedule now versus then are drastically different. To get home-and-homes with some of the teams on our schedule is what we are aiming to do. I think if you want to be in the conversation at the end of the year for an at-large bid you've got to challenge yourself. Once again, we've done that. Teams haven't been afraid to play us and we're not going to be afraid to play them. I think for our players it's exciting. It's why you come to Xavier, to play against the best teams in the country. In addition, for the fans it's very exciting. Add to that the fact that the atmosphere at Cintas Center should be even more electric this year with the addition of the new scoreboard, ribbon boards and video system."
Xavier opens the 2010-11 regular season against Western Michigan on Friday, November 12. That's the first of 15 regular season home games at Cintas Center, a home slate that includes Wofford (2010 NCAA First Round) on November 27, 2010 NCAA Runner-up Butler on December 9 on ESPN or ESPN2, Wake Forest (2010 NCAA Second Round) in the annual Skip Prosser Classic on December 18 on CBS College Sports, Florida (2010 NCAA First Round) on December 31 on ESPN2 and A-10 foe Temple (2010 NCAA First Round) on January 22 on ESPN2. Other highlights of the 2010-11 home schedule include 2010 NIT Champion Dayton on January 15 on CBS College Sports and CBI Finalist Saint Louis on February 5 on ESPNU. Former Xavier assistant and first-year Charlotte head coach Alan Major brings the 49ers to Cintas Center for the final home game of the season on March 2 in a CBS College Sports regional broadcast.
Xavier's first road trip of the 2010-11 season is set for the 2010 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands the week before Thanksgiving. Xavier opens up with Iowa on November 19 and then plays either Alabama or Seton Hall on November 20 or 21. XU's final game will be against one of four possible opponents, including a pair of 2010 NCAA Tournament teams, Clemson and Old Dominion.
The impressive road slate includes a game at Gonzaga (2010 NCAA Second Round) on December 22 on ESPN2, at Richmond (2010 NCAA First Round) on January 29 on ESPN2, at 2010 NIT Semifinalist Rhode Island on January 9 on ESPNU and a stiff non-conference challenge in the middle of the A-10 schedule at Georgia on February 8 on ESPNU. The regular season road schedule also includes traditional rivals Miami (Ohio) on December 1 and Cincinnati on January 6 on ESPN2.
Season tickets are on sale now for the entire 17-game home schedule at Cintas Center, which also includes the exhibition games on November 2 and 6. Please contact the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office at 513-745-3411 x7 for more details. Good seats still remain in a wide range of seating areas.