Friday, August 20, 1999
Xavier, Princeton start series
BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Princeton University will fill the last spot on Xavier's non-conference schedule for the 1999-2000 men's basketball season. The announcement comes one week after Fresno State backed out of a national TV opportunity against the Musketeers.
XU will play host to the Tigers on Dec.27 on ESPN2 in a rematch of last year's National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal at the Cincinnati Gardens. The Musketeers will play at Princeton during the 2000-2001 season.
Xavier rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat Princeton 65-58 in March, earning the right to go to New York for the NIT semifinals.
Fresno State, coached by Jerry Tarkanian, had been the choice of ESPN2 officials to play Xavier, but the Bulldogs chose instead to play Northern Arizona at home, fulfilling a commitment to its booster club for a specified number of home games.
ESPN2 officials told XU they would help find another opponent. And they did.
This is very, very positive, Xavier Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said Thursday. We're happy with the outcome. We think it rounds out the schedule very nicely, and a rematch of last year's quarterfinal NIT game, which was a tremendously exciting basketball game, is appealing to everybody.
We're very pleased that it worked out. We feel fortunate to have landed a quality opponent like Princeton.
XU's conference schedule is expected to be released later this month by the Atlantic 10 office.
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