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Undermanned teams tip off season - FDU vs Xavier

Posted by Josh on Friday, November 9, 2012 Under: Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc.
Well, we thought we'd be short-handed coming into the season. But in the final weeks before and the morning of the season-opener, that is an understatement. 
Isaiah Philmore must sit out the first 3 games for a NCAA infraction from a summer league form not signed 3 years ago.
Chris Cantino has still not been deemed eligible/ineligible by the NCAA and will not suit up tonight (or possibly all year).
- Brad Redford has been day-to-day with a hamstring injury. The good news is that it sounds like he will play tonight.
- The biggest loss is Semaj Christon. Last night news broke that he was injured in practice and will not play tonight.

Assuming Redford will play, we have 7 scholarship players able to play tonight:
Guards - Redford, Davis
Forwards - Robinson, Taylor, Martin, Farr, Stenger

We also have 4 walk-ons, some of which may get some minutes if there are any injuries or foul trouble. Expect Martin to play some minutes at guard as Redford and Davis will not play 40 minutes each. Let's see if former walk-on Erik Stenger (Stengray!) will start and get solid minutes after a great showing last week and being given a scholarship by Coach Mack.

Our opponent, Farleigh Dickinson, has a farleigh limited roster as well (sorry, couldn't resist). Their leading scorer from last season has been suspended and 4 other players did not make the trip for disciplinary issues. So FDU is bringing 7 scholarship players and 2 walk-ons.

I'm disappointed that the Muskies aren't at full strength to gear up for the big game Tuesday vs. Butler but the priority now is to just win this game. We are very thin at virtually all positions tonight so hopefully the guys we do have can step it up and deliver a victory to start the season. 

Go Muskies!

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