Sure, Xavier’s official fight song asks faithfuls to, “Sing a song, sing it loud and long,” but the Musketeers’ unofficial fight song, the one that thunders through the Cintas Center, is the 2003 hit by rapper DMX, “X Gon’ Give It to Ya!” And after No. 5 seed Xavier knocked off No. 1 seed and Big East rival Villanova 90-83 in a tension-filled epic on February 24, 2016, more than 10,700 Musketeers shook the Cintas Center, bellowing that DMX hit once again. Pay homage.
No two things go together more than Xavier and basketball—not ketchup and mustard, not Batman and Robin, not even a ventriloquist and a dummy. And while your school now has more than 15 conference championships, that wasn’t always the case.
Flash back to Saturday, February 28, 1981—long before play in the Cintas Center, before the Cincinnati Gardens—and your Musketeers took the hardwood at the Schmidt Fieldhouse against Evansville. Behind the smooth shooting of three-time team MVP Anthony Hicks, Xavier edged Evansville 59-57 to score their first Midwestern City Conference championship and first basketball conference championship altogether. Pay homage to the season that started Xavier’s dominant run and get ready for the tallies to continue. Old Xavier for aye!
The premier address for success is Victory Parkway, Cincinnati. Your Musketeer men’s basketball team has been blowing out the Big East as 10-time conference tournament champs in addition to becoming a perennial entry in the NCAA Tournament—24 appearances in the last 32 years alone.
In the last fifteen years, Xavier has been taking things to a new level, making two Elite Eight appearances and another four Sweet Sixteens. Rep the X with our super-soft crewneck, and slide into the Cintas Center ready for another deep tournament run.
Vidit Mirabilia Magna—“he has seen great wonders”—is the official motto of Xavier University, and after years of watching your Musketeers play in the NCAA Tournament, you are well-versed in said wonders. Established in 1831, Xavier is one of the oldest Catholic schools in the nation and has distinguished itself in the Big East conference as a hoops powerhouse.
As for football, the school cut the program short in 1973—hence why you’ve been saying your football program’s been undefeated for more than 30 years. With one of the most academically successful athletic programs in the nation, there’s plenty to be proud of when you’re a Musketeer. Rep the X as your school continues to play above the rim.