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Xavier announces three more non-conference games
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Xavier University and Auburn University have agreed to a mens basketball series that will begin in Auburn, Alabama, this season. Auburn, under the direction of new head coach Bruce Pearl, will return the game at Cintas Center in the 2015-16 season.
Xavier also announced the additions of Murray State and IUPUI to the 2014-15 home non-conference schedule. Murray State finished 23-11 this past season, including 13-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, and went on to win the championship of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Xavier previously announced a non-conference home game with Florida Gulf Coast and road games at Missouri and at Cincinnati. The remainder of the non-conference schedule should be announced later this month.
Xavier leads the series with Auburn 4-3, including a win at Auburn in the 2007-08 season and a win at Cintas Center in the 2008-09 season. Xavier last faced a Pearl-coached team in the 2007-08 season when then-No. 12 Tennessee defeated XU 82-75 at Cintas Center.
Xavier leads the series with Murray State 3-0, although the two teams have not met since the 1954-55 season. Murray State has enjoyed some postseason success in recent years. Three times the Racers have advanced in the tournament, most recently in 2012 with a win over Colorado State. In 2010, the Racers beat Vanderbilt and lost to eventual runner-up Butler in the second round.
XU leads the series with IUPUI 4-0, including a victory in the 1994-95 season at Cintas Center.
Information courtesy XU Athletics