Strong and Steady
The men’s basketball program once again found itself ranked among the nation’s elite, with Basketball Times magazine ranking Xavier among the top 10 programs in the United States for the quality of the program both on and off the court. Xavier officially ranked ninth, joining Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Stanford, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Creighton, Kansas and Illinois in the top 10. The rankings take into effect six categories over a 10-year period: winning percentage, program cleanliness, head coach ranking, current NBA players, graduation rate and U.S. News rankings. The magazine does the study every five years, and Xavier is one of only four men’s programs ranked in the top 10 since 1997 along with Duke, North Carolina and Kansas.