Chris Mack opens the full practice season with his 2010-11 squad on Friday.
Oct. 11, 2010
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University announced that its two men's basketball exhibition games to open up the 2010-11 season will be against a couple of familiar powers from the NCAA Division II ranks.
Xavier will play Northern Kentucky University in a men's basketball exhibition game on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at Cintas Center. Xavier's second exhibition game will be against Bellarmine University on Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Cintas Center.
Northern Kentucky University men's basketball head coach Dave Bezold has a number of former local prep standouts on his 2010-11 roster and has added St. Bonaventure transfer Malcolm Eleby to the squad as well.
Bellarmine University's men's basketball is highly ranked in a number of preseason publications, including sixth in D-II Bulletin's national preseason poll. Sporting News had previously released their rankings with the Knights checking in at No. 2. Sporting News had Bellarmine ranked No. 2 behind the University of Findlay. The publication also lists preseason All-Americans, and Bellarmine's Braydon Hobbs and Jeremy Kendle were listed among the players earning honorable mention accolades.
Xavier, which has won 25 or more games four years in a row, finished 26-9 last season and won a share of its fourth straight Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championship. XU reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament again in 2010. In fact, only XU and Michigan State have made it to at least the NCAA Sweet 16 in each of the last three years.
Second-year head coach Chris Mack has 11 returning letterwinners from last year's team, including three starters, to go with a highly-ranked incoming class. Junior Tu Holloway (previously known as Terrell Holloway), who led the team in assists at 3.9 apg. last season, is the team's top returning scorer at 12.1 ppg. Holloway, one of the nation's top point guards, will get plenty of leadership help from a pair of senior returning starters, 6-5 guard Danté Jackson and 6-8 forward Jamel McLean.