It opens the tournament against Fordham University on Friday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph University's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in Philadelphia. In the regular season meeting between Xavier and Fordham, the Musketeers beat the Rams 81-69 at the Cintas Center on Jan. 18. The winner of Fridays first round game will play Temple University at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. The Owls are 18-9 overall and 14-2 in the A-10 and have a bye into the quarterfinals as the No. 1 seed in the East Division.
The men's basketball team, meanwhile, saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end over the weekend after a 74-68 loss to Duquesne University. The team scored just two field goals in the final 10 1/2 minutes of the game. The loss dropped the team to 17-10 overall and 8-6 in the A-10. Xavier plays its final home game of the year on Wednesday, March 3, when against George Washington University. Prior to the game Xavier will honor seniors Romain Sato, Lionel Chalmers, Anthony Myles and Tom Compton.
The baseball team picked up its first two wins of the season this weekend, beating the University of Cincinnati in two of its three games. The team, which is now 2-6 overall this season, plays two road games this week, traveling to Butler University on Tuesday, March 2, and Miami University on Wednesday, March 3. It then returns home to Hayden Field to take on Bradley University in a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6.
Also over the weekend, the rifle team finished third in the Great America Rifle Conference Championship on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the United States Military Academy. The Xavier rifle team was 8-1 this year and 3-1 in GARC action. Last week the team earned its sixth straight entrance into the NCAA Rifle Championship.
For the second time in her career, junior Hannah Kerr was named GARC shooter of the year. As a freshman in 2001-2002, Kerr was named both the GARC rookie of the year and shooter of the year.
Sophomores Brandon Czekaj and Alice Reed were also honored. Czekaj was named all-conference second team in air rifle, smallbore and combined score. Reed was named an honorable mention for all three teams. Another sophomore, Richard Gauvin Jr., earned all-conference first team honors in combined score and smallbore. Freshman Brian Watson was named to the second team in air rifle.