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Muskies pull out the win at Charlotte

Posted by Josh on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Well it wasn't pretty, but XU escaped Charlotte with a 4 point win.  They led by 4 to 8 points for most of the game but could never pull away.

Thankfully though, the 49ers defense receded more than Coach Alan Major's hairline.  The Muskies shot 49.2% in the win.  Holloway, Wells, and Frease scored in double-digits and Redford hit three 3s for XU.

Next up - road game at GW on Wednesday night.

Go Muskies!
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Xavier travels to Charlotte in need of win

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
This is as close to a must-win game as possible if Xavier wants to stay in the A10 title race.

Overall, XU has an edge over Charlotte in just about all statistical categories, but the numbers go out the window in road games.  The Muskies have to right the ship tonight.

By the way, is Norm the Niner look like a creepy old man eyeing his next victim or what?

Let's go Muskies!!!
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Muskies fall again...

Posted by Josh on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Well, we won 4 in a row and now we've lost back-to-back games.  Despite Lyons and Holloway almost getting 50 points between the two of them, we lost to St. Louis.  It was a very depressing game to watch.  We were down big after giving up several wide open 3s and then had to fight back the whole game.  We tied it at 50 but couldn't pull out the win.  Some discouraging notes about this loss...
- This marks the 3rd loss of the year at Cintas.  In the 4 previous seasons, we had a total of 3 losses...
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Xavier vs. St. Louis, What's a Billiken?

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

XU takes on a very solid St. Louis team at Cintas Wednesday night.  They are 15-4 overall and 3-2 in the A10.  They are a not-so-good 2-3 on the road this year.  SLU is a very good shooting team (47.3% FG - 46th in nation, 39.1% 3pt FG - 29th in nation) so it will take a solid defensive effort.  On top of that, they only allow 55 pts a game!  That's 7th best in the country.  Expect a battle.

So, what the heck is a Billiken?  Some teacher in St. Louis invented the Billiken as a charm doll in 19...


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Nothing good ever happens in Dayton...

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 21, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Welp, 3 things went horribly wrong today....
1 - Hedging on picks KILLED us!  Normally this defensive strategy works out pretty well, but we were allowing so many wide open shots off these, it completely killed our chances.
2 - We just plain sucked at Free Throws.  Horrendous!
3 - We got outrebounded, and by a lot.  Really dissapointing.

I've dwelled enough over this crappy game.  It's hard to win games in the Dumpster and we didn't bring out "A" game.  We just need to regroup and focus on the ne...
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HUGE Game Saturday - Xavier at Dayton for 1st place!

Posted by Josh on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
This is about as big as a regular season game as you'll find.  Xavier and Dayton are the only A10 teams with 1 loss.  Nine teams have 2 losses so the loser of this one falls right into the midst of a log jam of teams.  Oh and it's Dayton.  Enough said.

Very similar teams, statistically, in this matchup:
XU 13-5, 71.5 pts/gm, 64.6 pts allowed/gm
UD 13-5, 71.0 pts/gm, 65.8 pts allowed/gm

The Flyers are 9-2 at home.  Pretty solid, other than a 29 point beating at the hands of Buffalo (yes, that's a ...
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Muskies Win 4th in a Row! Dayton awaits....

Posted by Josh on Thursday, January 19, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
XU won 68-53, and only allowed 16 2nd half points!  4 Muskies scored in double digits - Lyons (17), Frease (13), Wells (12), and Robinson (12 off the bench).  Holloway was dishing out assists, and finished with 6 pts on only 5 shots, 12 ast, and 4 steals.

After the game, St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli said that Xavier is the best team in a very good conference and the championship will have to go through Xavier.  He's a smart man.

Only two teams are left in the Atlantic 10 with one loss.  They a...
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Scouting St. Joe's and the Annoying Hawk

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

Before we get into the numbers, let's talk about how annoying the Hawk is... For those of you who may not know, St. Joe's mascot is a hawk who flaps his wings non-stop during every basketball game. He also does annoying figure eights on the court during timeouts. The Hawk flaps about 3,500 times during a game and has been at every game since the idea came about in 1956. That's annoying consistent.

The fans chant "The Hawk Never Dies" at games. Check out how the Temple students treated the Haw...


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Check out a couple future Muskies on TV today!

Posted by Josh on Sunday, January 15, 2012, In : Recruiting/Roster Updates 
Hi all,

Two of next year's class of Muskies will be on TV today.   Jalen Reynolds & Semaj Christon for Brewster Academy play Tilton on ESPN today, 1/15, at 4:00PM.  These teams are loaded with future D1 players so check it out.
 
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
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Muskies win! That's 3 in a row!

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies had a heck of a game (especially considering multiple missed dunks and all the fouls called on X) and won 77-64 at Cintas today.

Lyons scored 21 and Holloway added 12.  Redford and Robinson scored double figures off the bench.

That's 3 in a row and now a 3-1 conference record for our Muskies.

Go Muskies!!!
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Muskies vs Bonnies, Noon Saturday at Cintas

Posted by Josh on Friday, January 13, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Let's see if XU can keep it going.  St Bonaventure just beat Dayton and their leading scorer, Andrew Nicholson, had 30 pts and 13 rebs.  He's gonna be tough to stop.  I expect to see a rotation of big guys coming in for X to take turns guarding (and fouling) him.

The good news is that the Bonnies game against Dayton was at home, with UD's Chris Johnson unable to play due to a concussion.  They are 3-4 on the road and their only A10 road game was at Duquesne, a 52-66 loss.

The game is on ESPNU a...
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Muskies stomp Duquesne, Wells wows the crowd

Posted by Josh on Friday, January 13, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Well, I said XU should hold DUQ below their average and that was an understatement.  The Muskies allowed just 16 points in the first half, and thanks to a big 1st half by XU's offense, we led 44-16 at halftime.  We led by as many as 34 and went on to win 78-50.

Jeff Robinson had a great game off the bench, with 12 pts and 6 reb.  Tu had 11 pts and 11 asts and  Frease had 11 pts and 6 rebs.  But the player everyone was talking about was Dez Wells...16 points on 7-7 shooting and 9 rebounds.  5 o...
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Are we turning the corner?

Posted by Josh on Friday, January 13, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

(re-posting from 1/10/12 due to website construction)

Could we be turning the corner?

Well, hopefully the slump is over. The Muskies didn’t play a great game Saturday, but played good enough to get the “W”. There were glimses of the exciting play we saw from X before the Shootout so maybe they’re turning it around.

Lyons scored 20 and played well overall to lead us. Walker had a nice stat line - 7 pts, 14 rebs, 5 ast, 0 TOs. Holloway did not score a point and the idiotic media has b...


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