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X vs Gonzaga for a Final Four spot!

Posted by Josh on Saturday, March 25, 2017, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
HERE WE GO!!!

LET'S GO MUSKIES!!!
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X vs Arizona Rematch for an Elite 8 spot!

Posted by Josh on Thursday, March 23, 2017, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
LET'S GO MUSKIES!!!
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XAVIER vs FSU - Saturday 6:10 Tip-off in Round of 32

Posted by Josh on Saturday, March 18, 2017, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
A Sweet 16 spot is on the line as X takes on the 3 seed Florida State!

LET'S GO MUSKIES!!!
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Xavier vs Maryland - NCAA Tourney 3/16/17 - 6:50PM Tip-Off

Posted by Josh on Thursday, March 16, 2017, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier's dance ticket is to Orlando.

Let's take down the Terrapins of Maryland!

LET'S GO MUSKIES!!!
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Xavier beats Butler, advancing to Big East Semis

Posted by Josh on Friday, March 10, 2017, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
NCAA Ticket punched! With a big load carried by Trevon Bleuitt last night, the Muskies pulled out the upset win over Butler! Butler has not won a Big East Tourney game since joining the league 4 years ago. Sorry Butler.

Next up - Creighton!  

LET'S GO MUSKIES!!!
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Xavier goes for 4 in a row vs DePaul!

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The highs and lows of college basketball, right???  No Sumner but we win at home vs Seton Hall and at ranked-Creighton!  Going for 4 in a row at Cintas Center tonight. Let's beat DePaul!

Let's Go Muskies!
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Xavier hosts Seton Hall in 1st game without Sumner

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, In : A10/Big East News 
Best of luck to Edmond Sumner as he rehabs his way back after the ACL injury this week.  Wishing him all the best in his future.

Down to one Point Guard now. Quentin Goodin has showed he can play ball even as a Freshmen this year and will be getting a BIG jump in minutes tonight. Let's see how they fare against Seton Hall! 9pm tipoff at Cintas Center and on FS1.


Go Muskies!!!
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Crosstown Shootout tonight at UC

Posted by Josh on Thursday, January 26, 2017, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier has won 3 Shootouts in a row and 7 of the last 9. Surely UC is due for a win this year....right?  UC is at home and favored by 4.5 points by Vegas.

Let's Go Muskies!!!
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#7 Xavier (7-0) at #9 Baylor (6-0)

Posted by Josh on Saturday, December 3, 2016, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
In our first true road game of the year, it doesn't get much tougher than this! Baylor is 3-0 vs ranked teams in the early season so far. X and Baylor are 2 of the 15 undefeated teams left in the NCAA.

Let's go Muskies!!!
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Xavier lands highest seed ever; Let's March!

Posted by Josh on Thursday, March 17, 2016, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies did not end the Big East tournament the way they would've liked but that's behind us now as the field is set and the Big Dance is starting Thursday afternoon!

Xavier landed a #2 seed, the highest seed in school history. They're in the tough, but winnable East region. #2 Xavier plays #15 Weber State in St. Louis. Wisconsin, who played in the National Championship game last year, could be who X faces should they win Friday. UNC, UK, Indiana, and West Virginia are all potential oppone...
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Senior Day and Revenge Day vs Creighton

Posted by Josh on Saturday, March 5, 2016, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Saturday is Senior Day. It's also time for REVENGE against the Creighton Bluejays!

Congrats to Remy Abel and James Farr on their upcoming graduation.  Remy transferred in from Indiana and has been a great defender and big part of the team the last 2 seasons. James has gone from a Freshman who sat on the bench 99% of the season to "BIG GAME JAMES" his Senior year this year. He's been ranked as the best statistical rebounder in ALL of college basketball when looking at rebounding efficiency stat...
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#7 Xavier hosts #20 Providence

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
(Couldn't stop myself from posting the pic above, an old favorite!)

Xavier looks to keep a stronghold on the 2nd spot in the Big East while Providence is trying to avoid another loss after a rough patch of late.

Can we slow down Bentil and Dunn?  Expect Xavier to run a lot of 1-3-1 zone defense as the Friars are not a great 3-point shooting team and this will eliminate having to guard Dunn 1 on 1.  I would also expect a fast pace of play by the Muskies as Xavier's bench is deeper and can handle...
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Xavier tries to rebound on road at Butler Saturday

Posted by Josh on Friday, February 12, 2016, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
After what could have been one of the worst shooting nights in Xavier basketball history, Xavier's chance to recover is Saturday afternoon at Butler.

1 for 21 from 3-pt land at Creighton tells the story of Tuesday night's defeat at a sold-out, loud road game at Creighton. But Xavier is still firmly in the 2nd place spot of the Big East and in the hunt for a very good seed in the Big Dance.

Nothing would make me feel better than a win on the road against Butler so let's do it. Trevon Blueitt and...
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Muskies head to tough venue to battle Creighton

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier is rolling off the "W"'s but they haven't been pretty of late. The defense has been average, or worse, over the last few games (home games against St. John's and Marquette). Give them credit for getting the job done when it has counted and pulling off these wins but it will take a much more complete effort to win at Creighton tonight.  

You know how good Creighton is at home when Vegas sets the #4 ranked Musketeers as just a 1 point favorite against the Blue Jays. Creighton is in the to...
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#5 Xavier (19-2) hosts last-place St. John's (7-15)

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
After Xavier's off-shooting night and loss to Georgetown, the Muskies have strung together a 3-game win streak and climbed back to #5 in the Coaches Poll and 2nd place in the Big East.  St. John's is still winless in the Big East but kept the game versus X very tight back in January at MSG. While they've been blown out by several Big East schools, they've kept it close in a handful of conference games. 

James Farr left the last game with a minor leg injury but did practice yesterday so expect ...
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#6 Xavier keeps rolling, heads to Nova

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
In what will surely be one of the toughest games of the year, undefeated Xavier heads to Philly to play Villanova at NOON on New Year's Eve. Nova is 10-2 with their 2 losses coming at the hands of Top 10 schools, away from home.

Expect a battle!  LET'S GO MUSKIES!!!
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Muskies Sweet 16 matchup vs Sean Miller & Arizona

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
In an effort to get more viewers from noctural creatures, the NCAA last game of the night Thursday will start sometime around 10:30PM, maybe later depending on how late the Wisconsin/UNC game goes.

But that's a great complaint to have as it means our Muskies are in the Sweet 16 once again! Only Michigan State (7) and Louisville (6) have made more Sweet 16's in the last 8 years than Xavier has (5).  Xavier heads to LA to play huge favorite (11 point spread) Arizona and former Xavier coach, Sean...
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Muskies vs Ole Miss - HERE WE GO!

Posted by Josh on Thursday, March 19, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

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Xavier vs Butler in Big East Quarterfinals - Thurs 9:30PM

Posted by Josh on Thursday, March 12, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The stage is set and the Muskies meet Butler late Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. 

Xavier played awful at Butler in January, losing by 12. Then X blew out Butler at Cintas in February. They were up by more than 30 for a while and after clearing the bench, ending up winning by 17. That game at XU did not involve Butler's Andrew Chrabascz, who scored at will in the first matchup. He's back from injury so the Muskies will have to slow him down this time around.

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Xavier heads to Creighton seeking revenge in season finale

Posted by Josh on Saturday, March 7, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier is more than likely in the NCAA tourney but a loss at Creighton and a loss in game 1 of the Big East tournament next week would make Xavier Nation VERY nervous on Selection Sunday.

Let's get revenge on the Creighton Bluejays, who beat X at Cintas in February. Creighton started out 0-8 in Big East play but is a much more respectable 4-5 in the last 9 and they are playing the top teams in the league very tough. They fell by 4 to #4 Villanova and by 2 to #19 Butler in their last two home g...
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Xavier hosts #6 Nova on Senior Day

Posted by Josh on Saturday, February 28, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Last year, Villanova was 6th in the country in the final week of the regular season and came to Cintas Center and spoiled Xavier's Senior Day.  Today, hopefully only some of history will repeat itself. Again 6th in the country, Nova comes to X to play the Muskies on Senior Day. The game is nationally televised on Fox.

Matt Stainbrook and Dee Davis will be suiting up for what will be their last game at Cintas Center (unless we really fall apart in the final week and BE Tourney and end up in the...
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Muskies head to MSG to play St. John's

Posted by Josh on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
After two big wins last week, over UC and Butler, the Muskies have a quick turn-around and play in NYC tonight. St. John's hosts at Madison Square Garden, in a game that will help determine the final Big East tournament seeds. XU is in 5th place and St. John's is in 6th with just 3 games to go for the Muskies.

Let's go Muskies!!!
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Xavier hosts #19 Butler in snowy Cincinnati

Posted by Josh on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Fresh off a win over the Bearcats in the Crosstown Shootout, the Muskies have an even bigger game Saturday! The 2nd place Butler Bulldogs will be here for a 2:00 tip-off. Let's hope we again see the same ice cold veins of our Senior point guard, Dee Davis,that he showed us in the Shootout. Dee stepped up BIG time, playing all 40 minutes, going 5 for 5 from 3-pt range, ending with 16 points, 8 assists and only 1 turnover! (That turnover was BS refs! They called a very questionable double-dribb...
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Crosstown Shootout back to UC's Campus - Wed Night

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
After 2 years of idiocy, i.e. playing a game re-named the "Crosstown Classic" at an old dumpster arena downtown, the SHOOTOUT is back to where it should be...the college campuses. This year, it's at UC, and right in the middle of a war of a Big East season for the Muskies.  Gotta focus on this non-conference road game and take care of business before we get back to our brutal final stretch of Big East games.

UC is listed as a 1 point favorite at home. Both teams are coming off of disappointing...
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Xavier vs St. John's on Valentine's Day

Posted by Josh on Saturday, February 14, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies are coming off of a 20 point win at Marquette and look to make it three in a row Saturday when St. John's comes to Cintas. Happy Valentine's Day folks! The game tips off at 12:30 and will be nationally televised on Fox.

The Muskies are sitting in 5th place in the Big East and right in the middle of the battle for a NCAA Tourney spot. Every game is HUGE now!

Let's go Muskies!!!
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Sell Out Crowd for Saturday...Let's Beat Providence!

Posted by Josh on Saturday, February 7, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
After a horribly discouraging loss to Creighton at home (Xavier's only home loss of the season!), the Muskies have to recover Saturday against the 2nd place Providence Friars.

Gotta get this one guys! Let's GO MUSKIES!!!
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Beat Creighton!

Posted by Josh on Thursday, February 5, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 


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Muskies win at #21 Gtown, head to Seton Hall

Posted by Josh on Thursday, January 29, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The monkey is finally off their backs. After an 0-4 start on the road in the Big East, Xavier beat up #21 Georgetown Tuesday night. At 5-4 in the conference, the Muskies are back in the hunt of the Big East standings as the top 7 teams all have between 2 and 4 losses. No easy games, that's for sure, and the Muskies head to Jersey for a noon game against Seton Hall on Saturday. Seton Hall is a talented team that has struggled of late. After cracking the Top 25, they lost 4 of their next 6 game...
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Xavier hosts 1st place DePaul on Saturday at Noon

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 24, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
DePaul has been on a tear since starting Big East play. After a lackluster non-conference record of 6-7, DePaul has started 5-2 in the conference, good enough to be tied for first place. The Muskies fell apart at DePaul earlier this year after having a double-digit lead. X needs this one bad!  

Side note - is that really DePaul's mascot???? Good lord. Hopefully he's been replaced but there's pictures of that thing all over the internet and it's truly horrifying. 

Tip-off is at Noon Saturday. Fi...
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Muskies road woes continue with OT heart breaker at Providence

Posted by Josh on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
SON OF A !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Xavier hosts Marq Sat at Noon - Mascot Salt & Pepper Shaker Giveaway!

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 17, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

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Xavier heads to #5 Villanova for toughest game of the year as road woes continue

Posted by Josh on Thursday, January 15, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

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Xavier heads to The Barn to face Butler Saturday

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 10, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies are flying high after another top-25 win. After sending #19 Seton Hall packing, Xavier goes to Indy to face Butler. Butler is 11-5 on the year and is always tough in The Barn due to malfunctioning clocks and loosely bolted water fountains. Butler is a 3 point favorite by Vegas odds so the Muskies will have to bring the same fight to the floor that they did on Wednesday night to shut down Seton Hall. Expect Remy Abell to be all over Butler's sharpshooter, Kellen Dunham. Abell has d...
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Xavier hosts #19 Seton Hall Wednesday Night

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Well after an exciting win of #25 Georgetown, the Muskies had a huge lead against DePaul in Chicago over the weekend and then blew it. Very disappointing!

But the beauty of college hoops is you can make up for it quickly. The Muskies host #19 Seton Hall tonight. The Pirates beat #15 St John's and then #6 Villanova to put them at 2-0 and tied for first place in the Big East.

LET'S GO MUSKIES!!!
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Xavier hosts #25 Georgetown as we hit New Year

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Georgetown is rolling and fresh off a win over Indiana over the weekend, the 25th ranked Hoyas come to Cintas to play Xavier in the final game of the Big East kick-off day of games.

Going to be very difficult to lock these guys down but let's do it and throw away the key!

Go Muskies!!!
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Xavier hosts Florida Gulf Coast Sunday at 4:00

Posted by Josh on Sunday, December 28, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
After a tough, tough 2OT loss at Auburn last weekend, the Muskies look for revenge against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles tonight! FGCU is 7-3 but they've played just one game against a top-100 RPI team (a 14 point loss to Green Bay). 

Let's shoot down the Eagles and get back in the Win column!!!

Go Muskies!!!
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Xavier hits the road for Missouri and Auburn

Posted by Josh on Saturday, December 13, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
After a solid win over a SEC Alabama team last week, the Muskies go on the road to 2 more SEC schools, Missouri and Auburn. X doesn't mind facing the conference; they're going into Saturday with a 13-5 record vs the SEC since 2007. Let's hope for 15-5 after these next 2.

Xavier hasn't had any great resume-building wins this year and wins at Mizzou and Auburn wouldn't qualify for such either. But road wins looks good and with Missouri and Auburn looking like they'll have a tough year in the SEC...
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Muskies host Bama Saturday night

Posted by Josh on Saturday, December 6, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies lost their last 2 in the tourney out in California, and predictably a small portion of Xavier Nation flipped out and overreacted.  We looked horrible in big stretches of those 2 games. But our team is made up of 9 freshmen+sophomores! They are young, inexperienced, and learning on the fly. They will learn from the sting of those losses and get better. The Muskies 3-pt defense has to get better, no doubt about it. And the wide open shots that weren't falling for X certainly were in...
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Xavier hoops in Wooden Legacy for Thanksgiving weekend

Posted by Josh on Thursday, November 27, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Gobble gobble kids. Take your turkey to the couch on Thursday! The Muskies play San Diego at 4:30 on ESPN2. Round 2 is Friday and the final game is Sunday. These early season tourneys have bitten the Muskies of late. Let's hope the Muskies come home 3-0 from this one!  

Let's go X!!!
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Muskies go for 4-0 vs Murray State tonight!

Posted by Josh on Monday, November 24, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Murray State Racers come to town tonight and the 3-0 Muskies will be waiting. Let's go X!
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Muskies go for 3 in a row versus Stephen F. Austin

Posted by Josh on Friday, November 21, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier and their high-flying Freshmen go for 3 in a row to start the season as another axe-wielding monster comes to town. After beating the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and the Long Beach State 49ers, X squares off against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. SFA went 32-3 last year and 18-0 in their conference; UCLA beat them in the Tourney in the Round of 32. Although they are expected to match that success this year, they are a solid team that will test the Muskies.

See you at Cintas! GO MUS...
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Xavier tips off season tonight vs Northern Arizona

Posted by Josh on Friday, November 14, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
WOOHOO! We are here! Xavier vs Northern Arizona tonight! Time to chop down the Lumberjacks!

HERE WE GO MUSKIES!

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Xavier vs NC State in Dayton - NCAA Round 1

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
March Madness is finally upon us! Many are saying Xavier got screwed over having to play in a Round 1 play-in game but hey, you gotta play with the cards you're dealt. So, let's go up to UDump Arena and take out some frustration on NC State.

NC State is led by TJ Warren, a super scorer who was just named the ACC player of the year. Warren played AAU ball with Semaj Christon and Jalen Reynolds so they know how talented he is. NC State is a young team that is not great defensively but they've be...
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XAVIER VS MARQUETTE - BIG EAST Quarterfinals!

Posted by Josh on Friday, March 14, 2014, In : A10/Big East News 
The Muskies face off with Marquette tonight without big man Matt Stainbrook. Vegas has set the Golden Eagles as a one point favorite.

Let's see how Xavier fares in their first Big East tournament game! Can Semaj and the boys rise to the occasion with Stainbrook off the court?

GO MUSKIES!!!
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HUGE SHOWDOWN with Creighton this weekend!

Posted by Josh on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Top 10 ranked Creighton takes on Xavier in Cincy on Saturday and it will be the biggest crowd in Cintas Center history! The game sold out and Xavier has sold standing room only tickets this week.

This will be a history-making day for Xavier fans as Doug McDermott comes to town. He is now in the top 10 of all time scorers in NCAA history. Within his sights are Danny Manning and Oscar Robertson.

It's going to take a near perfect gameplan and great game by our Muskies to defeat Creighton but guess...
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Huge game at St. John's tonight!

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
St. John's started the Big East at 0-5 but are not at 8-7. Xavier, on the other hand, started out 5-1 in the conference but now sits at 8-6. Both teams are on the bubble for sure and could use a win tonight.

The Muskies MUST play better defense tonight. Less turnovers and a more consistent offense would be nice too. And I'll also ask for a victory while I'm making requests.

Go Muskies!!!
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Xavier heads to Georgetown

Posted by Josh on Saturday, February 22, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
With a few weeks left in the season, every game is big! Xavier heads to DC as a 2 point underdog today against Georgetown.

Let's beat the Hoyas and hold onto 3rd place in the Big East!

Go Muskies!!!
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XU faces DePaul tonight

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

Xavier hopes to beat DePaul again tonight. Let's slay the Blue Demons!

Go Muskies!!!


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Xavier faces tough test at Marquette, 3rd place on line

Posted by Josh on Saturday, February 15, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier's road games continue as they take on Marquette today, with 3rd place in the Big East standings at stake.

The Muskies got the best of Marquette earlier this year at home. Vegas has Buzz Lightyear's, umm I mean Buzz Williams' Golden Eagles as a 4 point favorite over XU as the host in round 2. It's on FOX today...actual Fox, which is interesting. Hopefully XU will look good on the national stage.

Let's go Muskies!!!


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Another game at the barn...

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

We're playing Butler for what seems like the millionth time in the past few years.

Road game at 9pm Tuesday, never easy. Vegas has X as a 2 point favorite.

Will there be a draft in the barn? Likely. Will there be clock malfunctions? Probably. Let's hope we can escape with a victory.

Go Muskies!!!


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XU hosts Providence for 3rd place spot in Big East

Posted by Josh on Saturday, February 8, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier is trying to snap a 3 game skid and could REALLY use a win tonight against the team who started that streak.

Let's Go Muskies!

(My apologies for the lack of posts, pics, and general fun on the site the last couple weeks. My wife and I welcomed our daughter into the world. Xavier Nation has added yet another big fan!)
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Xavier hosts Seton Hall Saturday at Noon

Posted by Josh on Friday, January 31, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

After a frustrating road loss to Providence, the Muskies can redeem themselves this weekend against Seton Hall. The Pirates are coming in with a losing conference record but, like any Big East foe, can't be taken lightly.

Let's get back in the win column tomorrow!

GO MUSKIES!


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Xavier heads to Providence for Saturday noon game

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 25, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies have another tough road test at Providence. Providence beat up the explosive Creighton Bluejays last week and look to defend their home court again tomorrow at noon.

Two of the best scorers around will square off in this one, Semaj Christon for XU (17ppg) and Bryce Cotton (20ppg) for the Providence Friars. Should be fun to watch.

Let's go Muskies!!!
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MLK Day matchup - Xavier at DePaul

Posted by Josh on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

The Muskies win over Georgetown puts them at 4-1 in the Big East. Creighton lost at Providence over the weekend putting them at 5-1. Villanova remains on top at 5-0.

X tips off at DePaul at 4pm on MLK Day. DePaul is 2-4 in the Big East but are a top-100 RPI team and this is a road game for the young Muskies so it is by no means a gimme victory. Vegas has X as a 5 point favorite on the road.

Let's go Muskies!


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3-1 Xavier hosts 3-1 Georgetown

Posted by Josh Bobinger on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

After a tough loss at Creighton (I'd be shocked if they lose more than 1 game all year in that arena!), the Muskies look to get back on track tonight against Georgetown.

Both teams are 3-1 in the Big East, with only Villanova and Creighton ahead of them in the standings.

Another big matchup of high-scoring Sophomores: Semaj Christon vs D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. DSR once committed to Xavier and then decided to eventually go to Georgetown. But I think all XU fans out there would agree, we are VERY ...


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Huge Road Test as X travels to Creighton!

Posted by Josh on Sunday, January 12, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier plays in one of the toughest venues in college hoops today. Creighton packs more than 18,000 into their arena and will certainly doing that today as the 13-2 Bluejays (3-0 in Big East) host the 13-3 Musketeers (3-0 in Big East).

Two the most exciting players in basketball square off, Doug McDermott and Semaj Christon. This is XU's first look at McDermott this year. He's pouring in 24 pts/gm and shooting 48% from the field, 43% from 3, and 90% at the line!

This is what college basketball ...
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Muskies host Marquette, going for 3-0 Big East start

Posted by Josh on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier has won 7 in a row and, while projected to finish in the bottom half of the Big East by the "experts", the Muskies are tied for first in the league with an early 2-0 record. They go for Big East win #3 tonight as Marquette comes to town; game is on Fox Sports 1 so don't miss it.

X is 11-0 at Cintas this year while Marquette is a disapointing 1-3 on the road thus far. Don't let that make you think that the Golden Eagles are a push-over. They were one of the favorites to win the Big East ...
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XU hosts rival Butler Saturday afternoon

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 4, 2014, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Fresh off a New Year's Eve win against St. John's, Xavier hosts Butler for it's 2nd conference game.  Butler comes in at 10-3 and with some close losses to some very good teams (Villanova & Oklahoma State). Xavier, now 11-3, carries a 6 game win streak into the game.

This rivalry game promises to be a good one, as usual. Both teams are playing stout defense, giving up just over 63 points a game. Both teams are led in scoring by Sophomores with Semaj Christon averaging 14.4 pts/gm and Kellen Du...
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Xavier hosts first game to kick off Big East Marathon Day!

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
St. John's at Xavier - Noon on New Year's Eve - This is the FIRST game of the new Big East Conference. All 10 teams are playing on Fox Sports 1 tomorrow - 12 straight hours of Big East hoops on your TV.

Let's kick it off right with a Muskies victory! GO X!
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Crosstown SHOOTOUT tonight!

Posted by Josh on Saturday, December 14, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
For the 81st time, Xavier and UC play tonight. It's the Crosstown Shootout, don't call it anything else! And hopefully for the LAST time, it's at US Bank Arena downtown. BRING IT BACK TO CAMPUS!!!

UC (7-1) lost their first game of the year last week at The Pitt in New Mexico. The Muskies, after a bad tourney in the Bahamas, have won their last 2 to get to 7-3.

The Bearcats come in as a 5 point favorite, with Sean Kilpatrick leading the team with 19.6 ppg. Semaj Christon was out of most of the g...
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Muskies host Evansville tonight

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

After a near-disaster game against Bowling Green, the 6-3 Muskies play against Evansville tonight. Evansville is also 6-3, having lost to Murray State, Indiana, and Ohio. Over the weekend the Purple Aces beat Miami OH by 13 (X beat them by 26 in Nov). XU Coach Chris Mack hooped at Evansville for 2 years before transferring to Xavier.
Let's see if the Muskies can get it together and play solid for a full 40 minutes tonight.

AND....Quick Change is performing at Halftime!

Go Muskies!


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3-0 Muskies host Miami tonight

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

After a solid win over Morehead State Friday night, the 3-0 Muskies welcome Miami. The Redhawks are a long-time foe but this marks the last game scheduled between the two so it may be a while before we see another XU/Miami game.

While X is rolling, Miami is the polar opposite. After a 12 point loss to Notre Dame, Miami managed to lose to Arizona State by 36! Ouch.

Tip-off is 8pm on Fox Sports 1 if you can't make it to Cintas. Go Muskies!  


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Xavier battles injures as Tennessee comes to town

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Dee Davis, Myles Davis, and Justin Martin are all questionable to play Tuesday night (and Landen Amos is out 4-6 weeks). Will the Muskies be able to handle a talented Tennessee team at home? 

Let's hope so! Check out the action on Fox Sports 1 if you can't make it to Cintas Center


Let's go Muskies!
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Xavier tip-off regular at home vs Gardner Webb tonight!!!

Posted by Josh on Friday, November 8, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

A respectable Gardner Webb team comes to Cintas Center tonight to kick off the regular season for our Muskies. What's not respectable is they are one of seemingly dozens of teams with a Bulldog as a mascot. The call themselves the "Running Bulldogs" to be marginally creative so give them that, I guess.

GO MUSKIES!!!


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BEAT THE HAWKS!

Posted by Josh on Thursday, March 14, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
"I can guarantee you're going to have to cut our hearts out of our chest for us to go down." - Coach Chris Mack

GO MUSKIES! BEAT THE HAWKS!

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Rams of the A10 - The Good

Posted by Josh on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
After beating the Bad and Ugly Rams of the A10, the Good remain. VCU has a solid team and has put together quite a program over the years as well. The Rams have made the NCAA tourney 5 times in the last 10 years, and 3 times in the last 4 years, including that Final Four run in 2011. 

Shaka Smart, who's been the head coach since '09, has put together another fine team this year. The Rams have been in the top 25 much of the year, and even after losing at SLU on Wednesday, boast a 9-3 conference...
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The Rams of the A10: 1st up - The Ugly

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Over the next 10 days, the Muskies play the 3 Rams of the Atlantic 10, VCU, Rhode Island, and Fordham. These 3 programs have had very different paths to where they stand today. First up are the Rams with the biggest problems, the Fordham Rams.

X fans, consider this. The Muskies lost all 5 starters from last year and we certainly didn't have extremely high hopes for this year. However, X is a game out of first place although not good enough right now to be in the tourney picture. Not a bad seas...
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Xavier heads to Pittsburgh, needing a win vs last-place Duquesne

Posted by Josh on Saturday, February 9, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Xavier needs a road win to say the least. Losers of 3 straight A10 road games, X still sits just a game out of 1st place. I can't say I'm confident in the Muskies anywhere on the road but the most winnable place may be in Pittsburgh against Duquesne. The Dukes are currently on a brief 36 year hiatus from the NCAA tournament. This year they are 0-8 in the A10 and losers of 10 straight after starting the season at a respectable record of 7-5. They've played some tight games in conference, losin...
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Muskies play at Richmond tonight

Posted by Josh on Saturday, February 2, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Which Muskies team will show up tonight? The one that played solid for 40 minutes against Dayton on Wednesday, or the one that struggled on the road last week at Charlotte and St. Joe's?

The bad news is, unlike their hideous mascots (new or old), their team looks good. At least at home. The Spiders are 11-1 at home, including a win over VCU last week. The Spiders are not a great defensive team though and don't really rebound well either. Even still, Vegas has Richmond as a 3 point favorite wit...
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Xavier heads to St. Joe's Saturday

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 26, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies couldn't have looked any worse on Wednesday at Charlotte, bringing their 4 game win streak to an end. 

Can they turn it around against St. Joe's? The Hawks are always tough at home and their mascot is always annoying. St. Joe's has a shot-blocking machine in C.J. Aiken. Aiken is blocking 3.1 shots/gm in addition to 11.9 pts/gm and 6 reb/gm. If you watched Wednesday's titanic struggle, you saw the Muskies get swatted 10 times. We better start trying some pump-fakes and stop taking i...
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Muskies host LaSalle, try to keep momentum going

Posted by Josh on Saturday, January 19, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies are going for their 4th win in a row when LaSalle comes to Cintas on Saturday. LaSalle has not had a great basketball season in quite a while but this year they are legit. The Explorers are 12-4 but just 4-3 on the road. Ramon Galloway is a big-time scoring threat and a familiar faces in the A10. The Senior is averaging 17 pts/gm and shooting 43% from 3. Galloway might be the best player in the A10; he's definitely one of the most dangerous. Let's see if walk-on Landen Amos can sl...
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XU's first A10 road game, at SBU tonight

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Bonnies attempt twenty 3s a game and play a quick, guard-heavy offense. And while their road record is as hideous as their former mascot, Bona Fanatic, they are actually a good team at home. Their only 2 losses at home are to quality teams, Iona and VCU. Their weakness is their inside game and their lack of consistent defense. They have been out-rebounded by their opponents in 4 straight and while they are averaging 72 pts/game, they are also giving up a hefty 71 pts/game.

Dee Davis is exp...
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A Tale of Two Losers?

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Okay, I know that's too strong. But the Muskies are trying to avoid their 4th loss in a row tonight while Wake Forest is trying to avoid falling to a .500 record. Wake Forest is 4-2 at home but they have 0 decent wins. Here's how they've fared against "decent" teams...
 
@UConn - lost by 6
Iona (neutral) - lost by 26
Neb - lost by 16
@Richmond - lost by 2
Seton Hall - lost by 4

That's their 5 losses; their 6 wins were against some not-so-great teams to say the least....UNCG, Furman, High Pt, W&M, Me...
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Xavier plays at Tennessee, hoping to end losing skid

Posted by Josh on Saturday, December 29, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies have depressed us to new levels in the last couple games. I forgot what it's like to lose. I don't like it!

XU plays at Tennessee at 6:00 today on ESPNU. Tenn is a 6 point favorite as they probably should be. They are 6-0 at home this year. One of the largest concerns in this one has to be rebounding yet again. While the Muskies have struggled on the boards, Tenn is out-rebounding their opponents by 7.4 rebs/gm. Neither team is an offensive powerhouse and both are good defensively....
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Shootout Day!

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
We are just hours away from the Shootout. Here's some keys to the game:
Turnovers - UC thrives on playing tough defense and forcing turnovers. The Muskies have to take care of the ball and not give away free points.
Rebounding - UC is great on the glass. The Muskies, not so much. Gotta hold our own on the boards tonight.
Free Throws - The Muskies are making more FTs than their opponents are attempting. Tonight would be a great time to continue that trend.
Helping Semaj - We know that UC is going ...
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Crosstown SHOOTOUT is almost here!

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The apocalypse is now just 2 days from now. No, not the day when Mayans predicted the end of the world. I'm talking about the Crosstown Shootout. As we learned from the media after last year's UC/XU game and endless times since, "the fight" (where 1 total punch was landed) was the most important, horrible, un-called-for, amazing, horrible-again thing to ever happen to college basketball, Cincinnati, and the human race.

Given all that, I don't need to remind you that the game is Wednesday at 7:...
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Muskies take on Vandy at home tonight

Posted by Josh on Thursday, December 6, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
It's "White Out" night. Everyone gets a white Xavier shirt at the game tonight. If you can't make it, tune in to ESPNU for the 7:30 tip.

Vanderbilt, like Xavier, lost most of their top players after last season. The Commodores aren't handling their recovery quite as well as the Muskies have thus far. Their record is 2-4 without having played any great teams. Their bright spots are at guard, as Kedren Johnson (16.7 ppg) and Kyle Fuller (11.3 ppg) lead the team in scoring, although they also ave...
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Xavier takes on Purdue in first true road test Saturday

Posted by Josh on Thursday, November 29, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
How will this young Muskies team handle their first road game? 

We will find out Saturday at 2:15 on Big Ten Network.

I think there are 3 big factors that will determine what we see on Saturday:
1 - Hostile Environment - How does the team handle their first true road game of the season? They have yet to play in a hostile environment and Purdue and their fans will be out for revenge after their loss at Xavier last year. (If you don't recall, they were stomping X before a crazy comeback led by Tu ...
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Xavier takes on Pacific as 1st game in Anaheim Classic

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Forget football, the Muskies play at 2:00 on Thanksgiving Day! Pop on ESPNU and work up an appetite cheering for Xavier.

The Muskies take on the hapless Pacific Tigers, who are 1-2 this year and have yet to defeat a Division 1 team. Their win was against Holy Names. That's the actual name of team they played, according to ESPN.com (don't believe me? look http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/team/schedule/_/id/279/pacific-tigers)! 

Pacific has 3 guys with good size in the paint, one 6'10" ...
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Xavier goes for 3-0 homestand vs Robert Morris on Saturday

Posted by Josh on Saturday, November 17, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies face Robert Morris tomorrow, a team who was blown out by Rider and Lehigh before beating Fordham by 16 to start the season 1-2. RoMo is a team that last year more or less lived and died with their top scorer, senior guard Velton Jones. That's good news for Xavier, at least it would seem, as Dee Davis shut down Butler's big-time scorer on Tuesday. Expect the Muskies to be playing tight man-to-man defense again to go for 3-0 in the season-opening homestand. It will also be exciting ...
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Muskies defense crushes Butler!

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies shocked the Bulldogs today. Xavier, a 5 point underdog a home, looked like the experienced team and shut down Butler defensively.

It was a great effort all around by the whole team. Dee Davis did an amazing job slowing down Butler's star shooter, Rotnei Clark, and added 9 points. Semaj Christon hadn't been at practice for several days before yesterday and looked a little in his debut but still had an impressive 8 assists off the bench. Jeff Robinson 17 pts/8 reb and Travis Taylor h...
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Butler at Xavier breakdown

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The word is that Semaj Christon will play against Butler tomorrow at 4:00. Expect Dee Davis to mostly be running the point with Christon playing at SG and occasionally spelling Davis at PG. We can expect solid minutes out of Redford after his hot shooting night Friday IF he can stay with one of the Butler guards on the defensive side. As for the forwards, no doubt all five guys (Stenger, Martin, Taylor, Robinson, Farr) will earn time and be asked to hit the boards hard again.
 
Butler has a sol...

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A-10 Championship: Xavier v St. Bonaventure

Posted by Ron on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 

Several weeks ago I would have called you crazy if you said Xavier would be in the A-10 Championship game. Josh would have called you a vondrook. Last night's epic win against a good St. Louis team should punch the Musketeers ticket to the big dance. Tonight, we should solidify a decent seed and continue the run. First about last night. In nerve racking fashion the Musketeers were led by Tu and Dez who put up 21 and 18 points respectively on a night where Xavier shot 53% from the field and a ...


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Another must-win home game, XU vs. Richmond

Posted by Josh on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
The Muskies loss to UMass Tuesday night gives them no breathing room in the fight for a spot in the tourney.  Thankfully, the teams on the bubble this year are much weaker than most years so the Muskies are still in the hunt.

Richmond comes to Cintas Center for an 8pm game Saturday.  They are 4-9 on the road and only 6-8 in the A10, but they've had some solid wins this year.  They beat Temple by 11 (albeit without Temple's big man), they beat LaSalle a few weeks ago, and they won at St. Joe's ...
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XU goes to UMass as an underdog tonight

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
After that big win against Dayton, the tough games continue.  The Muskies play at UMass at 7pm tonight.  UMass was undefeated at home this season until last week.  They lost to LaSalle by 1 point after the referees changed their decision on what was a game-tying UMass buzzer-beater from a 3 point shot to a 2.

The Minutemen's great home record and Muskies recent road struggles equate to the Muskies being a 1 point underdog tonight.  UMass has a scary team.  They lead the A10 in scoring (76.3 pt...
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Muskies play at GW tonight

Posted by Josh on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, In : Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc. 
Another road game for our Muskies tonight.  GW is 3-4 in A-10 play, all 3 wins coming at home.  But they have 0 quality wins this year. 

Here's the reason XU has to win this one: GW is 0-9 against teams in the RPI top 100 and all 9 of those losses are by double-digits.  We are more talented and average 10 more points per game than they do.  Let's go get the win!

How about GW's mascot, Little George?  He looks like George Washington got injected with steroids and hatred.

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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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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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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