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Research conducted by the Xavier University of Louisiana Athletics Department revealed that the institution’s men’s basketball program was the winningest HBCU men’s basketball program from the 2010-11 through 2019-20 seasons.

The list compiled from NCAA and NAIA statistical databases produced a total of 75 HBCU teams with XULA having won 221 games over that period.

During the ten-year period, the Gold Rush won five GCAC regular-season titles (2019-20, 2017-18, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12), one GCAC tournament title (2019-20), and made eight NAIA Division I Championship tournament appearances (2019-20, 2017-18, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11).

Finishing the 2019-20 basketball season with a record of 27-6, which includes winning GCAC regular season and tournament titles, the Gold Rush were unable to compete in the NAIA Division I National Championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other schools ranking in the top five for wins were Talladega College (217), Stillman College (210), Texas Southern (186), and Norfolk State and North Carolina Central tied for fifth with 184 wins each.

HBCU Men’s Basketball Teams Ranked by Victories
2010-11 Through 2019-20 (10 Seasons)

Rank School Victories
1 XULA 221
2 Talladega 217
3 Stillman 210
4 Texas Southern 186
5 Norfolk State 184
North Carolina Central 184
7 Wiley 182
8 Voorhees 178
9 Bowie State 177
Tougaloo 177
Virginia State 177
12 Benedict 172
Hampton 172
14 Livingstone 158
Morehouse 158
16 Shaw 157
Southern 157
Winston-Salem State 157
19 Langston 156
Philander Smith 156
21 Johnson C. Smith 152
22 Virginia Union 148
23 Claflin 145
24 Tuskegee 144
25 Bethune-Cookman 143
Clark Atlanta 143
27 Harris-Stowe 142
Prairie View A&M 142
29 Tennessee State 141
30 Savannah State 140
31 Central State 135
32 Fayetteville State 134
North Carolina A&T 134
34 Jackson State 131
35 Edward Waters 128
36 Alabama State 127
37 Morgan State 125
38 Saint Augustine’s 124
39 Elizabeth City State 123
LeMoyne-Owen 123
41 West Virginia State 120
42 Dillard 119
Lincoln (Pa.) 119
Texas College 119
45 Kentucky State 118
46 Lane 116
47 Miles 111
48 Paine 110
49 District Columbia 108
Allen 108
51 Albany State 106
52 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 105
Fort Valley State 105
54 Howard 100
South Carolina State 100
56 Coppin State 99
Delaware State 99
58 Grambling 97
59 Florida Memorial 96
60 Florida A&M 94
Lincoln (Mo.) 94
62 Jarvis Christian 91
63 SUNO 90
64 Alcorn State 89
65 Maryland-Eastern Shore 85
66 Alabama A&M 83
67 Mississippi Valley 82
68 Wilberforce 77
69 Rust 76
70 Huston-Tillotson 73
71 Fisk 71
72 Paul Quinn 70
73 Bluefield State 69
74 Morris 44
75 Cheyney 31


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