Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Xavier qualifies both basketball teams for national tournaments

NEW ORLEANS -- For the fifth time in six years, both basketball teams at Xavier University of Louisiana qualified for the NAIA Division I National Championships.

The Gold Nuggets, who earned an automatic bid by winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, will play Campbellsville at 8:30 a.m. March 16 in the first game of the women's tournament at Independence, Mo. The Gold Rush received an at-large bid to the men's tourney and will play Lewis-Clark State at 8 p.m. March 17 at Kansas City, Mo.
The NAIA announced both 32-team brackets Wednesday.

Xavier's women qualified for the 19th time in the last 22 seasons. The XU men qualified for the sixth consecutive year and the 10th time in the last 13 seasons.

The Gold Nuggets (22-11) climbed to 25th in this week's coaches poll, and the Gold Rush (21-12) were 29th in the men's rankings.

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