Gold Rush schedule includes exhibition at Notre Dame, tournament in Connecticut

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Xavier Convocation Center

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana Athletics announced Thursday its 2022-23 men’s basketball schedule, which includes November games at Notre Dame and in Connecticut.

XULA will meet the Fighting Irish in a 7 p.m. EDT exhibition Nov. 2 at South Bend, Ind. It will be the first Gold Rush exhibition against an NCAA Power Five opponent since LSU in 2013.

The Gold Rush will travel to Uncasville, Conn., for the Boost Mobile Chris Paul HBCU Tip Off. XULA will play Johnson C. Smith at 6:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 15, then play Clark Atlanta or Virginia Union the next day.

XULA’s first competition will be an Oct. 29 exhibition against LeMoyne-Owen in Memphis, Tenn. One week later, the Gold Rush and LeMoyne-Owen will play in XULA’s Convocation Center for homecoming.

The regular-season opener will tip off at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at home against Crowley’s Ridge.

The annual two games against Dillard, now a non-conference opponent, are still on the schedule — but neither will be played on a Saturday. The Gold Rush will visit Dillard Nov. 21 and play host to the Bleu Devils Jan. 19 in the Crosstown Classic.

This will be XULA’s second season in the NAIA’s Red River Athletic Conference. The divisional format of 2021-22 no longer exists; the Gold Rush will play 20 times in the RRAC, beginning with a Nov. 28 home game against Louisiana Christian.

XULA last season was 23-7 and, for the first time since the 1970s, won a first-round game at NAIA nationals for the second consecutive year.

Xavier University of Louisiana 2022-23 Men’s Basketball Schedule
Oct. 29 (Sat.):  at LeMoyne-Owen (DH), 6 p.m.  (exhibition)
Oct. 31 (Mon.):  CROWLEY’S RIDGE, 7 p.m.
Nov. 2 (Wed.):  at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. EDT  (exhibition)
Nov. 5 (Sat.):  LeMOYNE-OWEN (DH), 2 p.m.  (Homecoming)
Nov. 9 (Wed.):  SUNO, 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 (Tue.):  Johnson C. Smith, 6:30 p.m. EST  (Boost Mobile Chris Paul HBCU Tip Off)
Nov. 16 (Wed.):  Clark Atlanta or Virginia Union, 1 or 3:30 p.m. EST  (Boost Mobile Chris Paul HBCU Tip Off)
Nov. 21 (Mon.):  at Dillard (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 (Mon.):  •  LOUISIANA CHRISTIAN (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 (Sat.):  •  at Southwest (N.M.) (DH), 4 p.m. MST
Dec. 15 (Thu.):  •  at Our Lady of the Lake (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 (Sat.):  •  at Huston-Tillotson (DH), 4 p.m.
Jan. 3 (Tue.):  •  at LSU-Alexandria (DH), 7 p.m.
Jan. 5 (Thu.):  •  TEXAS COLLEGE (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 (Sat.):  •  JARVIS CHRISTIAN (DH), 4 p.m.
Jan. 12 (Thu.):  •  at Texas A&M-Texarkana (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 (Sat.):  •  at Paul Quinn (DH), 4 p.m.
Jan. 16 (Mon.):  •  LSU-SHREVEPORT (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 (Thu.):  DILLARD (DH), 7:30 p.m.  (Crosstown Classic)
Jan. 21 (Sat.):  •  SOUTHWEST (N.M.) (DH), 4 p.m.
Jan. 24 (Tue.):  •  at Louisiana Christian (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 (Thu.):  •  LSU-ALEXANDRIA (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 (Sat.):  •  at LSU-Shreveport (DH), 4 p.m.
Feb. 2 (Thu.):  •  OUR LADY OF THE LAKE (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 (Sat.):  •  HUSTON-TILLOTSON (DH), 4 p.m.
Feb. 9 (Thu.):  •  at Texas College (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 (Sat.):  •  at Jarvis Christian (DH), 4 p.m.
Feb. 16 (Thu.):  •  TEXAS A&M-TEXARKANA (DH), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 (Sat.):  •  PAUL QUINN (DH), 4 p.m.  (Senior Day)
Feb. 24-26 (Fri.-Sun.):  Red River Athletic Conference Tournament at Alexandria, La., TBA
March 10-11 (Fri.-Sat.):  NAIA National Championship tournament opening two rounds, TBA
March 16-21 (Thu.-Tue.):  NAIA National Championship tournament final four rounds at Kansas City, Mo., TBA

•  Red River Athletic Conference game
(DH) Doubleheader with XULA’s women
All times are Central except where noted
Schedule is subject to change

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