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Xavier releases non-conference basketball schedule

Xavier forward Naji Marshall shoots over Seton Hall forward Ismael Sanogo (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Xavier University Athletics announced on Thursday the 2018-19 men’s basketball team's non-conference schedule.

Opening Night this season is the earliest in school history as the Musketeers host IUPUI on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the inaugural game under first-year head coach Travis Steele.

Xavier’s eight-game home regular season non-conference schedule includes some familiar faces, headlined by the Nov. 13 clash with Wisconsin as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Xavier renews its local rivalry with Miami on Nov. 28 in addition to taking on Ohio University on Dec. 5. Two former conference rivals will visit Cintas Center, including Evansville on Nov. 10 and Detroit Mercy on Dec. 21. Oakland on Dec. 1 and Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 15 round out the list of non-conference home opponents.

The road portion of the non-conference slate includes two tests against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams, the annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout at Cincinnati on Dec. 8 and a Dec. 18 game at Missouri.

Times and television coverage for these regular season games will be announced at a later date.

The lone public exhibition game will be played on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Xavier travels to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational for games Nov. 19-21 against a field that includes Duke, Arizona, Gonzaga, San Diego State, Auburn, Illinois and Iowa State. The eight teams in the field averaged 24.0 wins last season and six of them made the NCAA Tournament: Xavier, Duke, Arizona, Gonzaga, San Diego State and Auburn. The Maui Invitational bracket will be announced this summer.

Information provided by Xavier Athletics.

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