Men's Basketball Opens 2013-14 Regular Season On Friday Night At Cintas Center

All-America candidate Semaj Christon is excited about the opener.

All-America candidate Semaj Christon is excited about the opener.

Nov. 7, 2013


TV Channel Guide

Andy MacWilliams Blog, Edition 2

CINCINNATI --- The Xavier men's basketball team opens the 2013-14 season on Friday night against Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. at Cintas Center. We have attached a complete set of our game notes in a PDF, a TV channel guide for the broadcast and the latest post from Andy MacWilliams, Insider.

Xavier Athletics will offer discounted tickets for only $5 to all veterans and active military to attend the men's basketball home opener against Gardner-Webb. In appreciation to the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces, Xavier will provide discounted tickets to Opening Night at Cintas Center for all active duty, retirees and reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel can purchase tickets by presenting a government issued Military ID or evidence of military service at the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office. Tickets can be secured in advance or on game day, subject to availability. Guests attending the game with military personnel will also receive the discount offer.

Xavier University Musketeers (0-0) vs.
Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs (0-0)

Fri., Nov. 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ET • Cintas Center (10,250) on Xavier Campus


Television & Radio

Media Contact: Associate Athletic Director Tom Eiser (,
513-745-3124 (office), 513-382-5565 (cell) and @Eiser_XU_Sports on Twitter



Television: FOX Sports Net (FOX Sports Ohio locally) with play-by-play from Mike
and analysis from Kevin O'Neill.

Radio: 55KRC-AM and nationally via iHeartRadio with play-by-play from Xavier Hall of Famer and former Musketeer standout Joe Sunderman (`79). Analysis will be provided by Xavier Hall of Famer and XU all-time leading scorer Byron Larkin (`88).

The X factors...IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

• Xavier has won 23 straight regular season openers with its last loss in an opener coming in the 1989-90 season to Southern Utah State.

• Xavier has won all 13 of its season openers at Cintas Center, including a 117-75 win over Fairleigh Dickinson last season.

• Xavier plays five home games to open the 2013-14 regular season beginning with the Gardner-Webb game.

• Xavier returns six scholarship letterwinners from a 17-14 team and a talented group of five scholarship newcomers.

• Xavier returns three starters, including sophomore All-America candidate Semaj Christon and juniors Dee Davis and Justin Martin.

• Xavier enters a new era in the 2013-14 season as it begins play in the BIG EAST Conference after 18 seasons as a member of the Atlantic 10.

• Xavier opens the BIG EAST portion of the schedule on Dec. 31 at noon against St. John's in a game that will be on FOX Sports 1.

• Xavier has made two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances in addition to threeNCAA Sweet 16 appearances in the last 10 years.

• Xavier is one of only 14 schools to make at least seven NCAA Tournaments in the last eight years.

• Xavier is ranked tied for 12th in the nation and first in the BIG EAST Conference in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate at 97 percent.

• Xavier men's basketball was among 10 XU programs at 100 percent in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rates.

• Xavier has graduated each of the last 91 men's basketball players that have played as seniors, including Isaiah Philmore and Erik Stenger.