The Xavier Musketeers Basketball team has one of the most passionate followings of any in the country. Xavier first contested a basketball game in 1920, and has been on a rapid rise through the college basketball ranks since 1980. Although only making the NCAA tournament once before 1980, the Musketeers have made over 20 appearances in the big dance since 1983, including trips to the Elite Eight in 2004 and 2008. Xavier, which had dominated the Atlantic 10 Conference, winning or sharing 8 conference championships from 1997-2011, joined the Big East Conference following the 2012-2013 season. The move to the Big East has ignited an already basketball addicted fan base, and placed the Musketeers in one of the premier basketball leagues in the country. Some of college basketball’s most memorable players have helped build this tradition at Xavier with names like David West, Jordan Crawford, Derrick Brown, James Posey, Byron Larkin, Tyrone Hill, and Brian Grant all wearing the Musketeers navy and white. Since 2000, there have been few teams that have been as exciting or successful as Xavier. With over 5 trips to the Sweet Sixteen, and countless conference regular season and tournament championships in the last 2 decades, Xavier just keeps winning. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Xavier Musketeers Basketball tickets.
Xavier Musketeers Basketball at Cintas Center Address: 1624 Herald Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio, 45207
The Xavier University Musketeers Basketball team plays their home games at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cintas Center has been home to the Musketeers since 2000, and can seat over 10,000 fans. The arena is one of the newest and most exciting basketball venues in college basketball. Since its opening less than two decades ago, the Cintas Center has made a name for itself as one of the loudest and toughest places to play for opponents. The Musketeers have been exceptionally hard to beat at the Cintas Center and basketball game days at the arena have an atmosphere that rivals any in the country.
Xavier vs. Cincinnati
Known as the Crosstown Shootout, this is one of the special rivalries in college basketball. Separated by only about 3 miles, this is among the closest rivalries in college sports. The Musketeers and Bearcats have met over 80 times since 1927. Although Cincinnati leads in overall wins, the rivalry has been constantly back and forth, with Xavier having the upper hand over the last 2 decades. Game days at the Crosstown Shootout are heated and competitive. This is without a doubt one of the best sporting events in the country.
Xavier vs. Butler
One of the growing rivalry games on Xavier’s schedule, Musketeers-Bulldogs has quickly becomes one of the most intense rivalries in the Big East. The two basketball crazed universities are separated by only about two hours, and have played each other over 45 times dating back to the 1930’s. The already passionate rivalry was taken to the next level when the schools became conference opponents in 2012. Look for this game to only continue to grow in excitement and tradition in the Big East over the coming years.
Xavier vs. Dayton
Dating back to 1920, this is one of the fiercest rivalries for both schools. The rivalry has been played over 150 times, with the Flyers currently leading the overall series. But the Musketeers have dominated the last 3 decades, especially when playing in Cincinnati, where Dayton has found it almost impossible to win. The winner of the game is awarded the Blackburn/McCaferty Trophy, which is named for head coaches from both universities. With Xavier leaving the A10 for the Big East, this rivalry is no longer a conference game.
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How can I buy cheap Xavier Musketeers tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Xavier Musketeers basketball tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Xavier tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Big East opponents like Georgetown, Butler, and Villanova can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for unranked, non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer best opportunity to purchase Xavier tickets near face value.
Where can I find the 2015-2016 Xavier Musketeers basketball schedule?
The Musketeers 2015-2016 basketball schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the Big East. Xavier plays in the Big East Conference, which means games against Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Villanova. Game times are announced by the Big East as soon as the TV schedule is set. Xavier’s home opener is typically one of the most popular games. They also compete with Cincinnati in the Crosstown Shootout. If you are looking for Musketeers news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Xavier Musketeers team roster.
Can I buy Xavier Musketeers basketball season tickets?
Xavier Musketeers season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Xavier basketball season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at the Cintas Center.
What is the best Xavier rivalry game during the season?
The Crosstown Shootout is one of the best rivalry games in any sport in the country. The closeness of the two schools creates an atmosphere that is truly unique, with fans constantly intermingling and allegiances splitting friend groups, families, co-workers, as well as the rest of the city on game day. But the geographic closeness has only amplified what has been stellar basketball, with both programs consistently producing teams that are among the top in the country. The passion and division of this matchup rivals any in the country and experiencing this game in person is almost beyond description.
What is the best game day tradition at a Musketeers home game?
During key moments, and after great plays, the fans at the Cintas Center will rise to their feet and cross their arms to make an X. This sign of Xavier passion and pride is accompanied by deafening noise and tons of emotion. Standing, arms raised in the X with thousands of other Musketeers fans after a big dunk, a huge 3 pointer, or a diving steal, is an unforgettable experience and among the most passionate displays of pride in college basketball.