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Men's, women's basketball in action

Men host rival Richmond, women travel to Dayton as Atlantic 10 Conference play begins


The men's and women's basketball teams both begin their Atlantic 10 Conference schedule tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 7. The No. 19-rated men's team hosts the University of Richmond at 7:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center in a rematch of last year's A-10 Tournament championship game. The women, meanwhile, travel to the University of Dayton for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Flyers. The men's team is coming off a last-second loss to the University of Alabama, the top-ranked team in the country. The loss put the Musketeers at 9-3 so far on the season, while Richmond has a record of 6-5. The Musketeers have won their last four A-10 openers and all three games against Richmond, which joined the A-10 last year. The women's team also opens conference play at the University of Dayton. The Musketeers are 8-3 on the season. Dayton is 7-4 and coming off two straight losses. Dayton has won the last two times the teams have faced each other, but Xavier has won four of the last six games.