Muskies Can't Match Villanova for Full Forty!! Creighton's a Life Preserver!!

All the ingredients were assembled for a massive Xavier upset of Big East leader and 6th rated Villanova Saturday afternoon at Cintas. The sell-out crowd was revved!! Many students postponed exotic Spring Break trips to populate the Student Section. Two impact Seniors Dee Davis and Matt Stainbrook were honored. XU needed the win mightily to preserve their NCAA at large sanity.

And the first half unfolded nicely for the Muskies!! Xavier came out focused and firing on all cylinders. The shots were falling (59%FG). The offense was flowing (12 assists on 16 made FGs). The packline defense limited VU's top three scoers (Darrun Hilliard, Ryan Arcidiacono and JayVaughn Pinkston) to 7 points total. XU led almost wire-to-wire and closed the first half impressively (led 32-30 with 2:47 left-made it to the half ahead 40-33). The Muskies won the rebound numbers 19-14 and out did Villanova in their core category-three pointers-7 makes to 6.   Continue reading...

Muskies Go Cold, Fall on Senior Day to Villanova

Xavier roared to a 40-33 halftime lead over No. 6 Villanova, thanks in part to hitting seven of 13 threes in the first half. But in the second half, it was the Wildcats who posted that number, rallying past the Musketeers for a 78-66 victory at the Cintas Center, and Villanova's second consecutive regular Big East title.

Jalen Reynolds led the Musketeers (18-12, 8-9) with 16 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes, going a perfect 6-6 from the floor. He and Matt Stainbrook (eight points, seven rebounds and two assists) were perfect from the floor, but the Muskies couldn't match the athleticism and shooting of the Wildcats (27-2, 14-2).

Villanova came in with the same gameplan as they used in the first game, where they boatraced past Xavier early and held on to an 88-75 victory. The Wildcats spread the floor, made shots, and attacked with consistency. They shot 13-29 (44.8%) from three for the game.   Continue reading...

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  Opponent: Creighton
  Date: Saturday, 3/7/2015
  Time: 2:00:00 PM
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Scouting Villanova!! Wildcats Pursue #1 NCAA Seed!!
It's Xavier against Villanova this Saturday afternoon at Cintas (2PM-Fox-Channel 19 locally in Cincinnati). The Muskies are coming off a super concentrated scheduling stretch (3 games in 6 days-4 games in 9). The coaches have opted for rest coming off Monday nite's 58-57 loss to St Johns at Madison Square Garden. Fatigue showed through against the Johnnies (20 turnovers-critical missed FTs-struggling performances from the Davis's-Myles and Dee). XU took Tuesday off. Wednesday it was weight lifting, rehab and some individual shooting. Villanova prep begins in earnest Thursday.

Muskies Almost Climb the Hill at St Johns!!
It's easy to get greedy at times like this. Xavier had posted back-to-back impressive emotional pivotal victories over Crosstown rival UC and next door neighbor 19th rated Butler. Time to extrapolate for the fans!! The Muskies should just roll into Madison Square Garden with all sorts of mojo spewing and take out St Johns. We conveniently ignored the fact that it was three games in six days for XU with a dose of travel thrown in (an NBA-esque schedule). And we underrated SJU. Their Senior group is hungry for their first NCAA trip plus they almost beat Duke at the Garden plus Xavier did not learn enough from their 78-70 loss to the Red Storm 10 days earlier at Cintas. It added up to a razor close 58-57 Muskie loss in NYC.

Muskies Drop Back-And-Forth Affair at Madison Square Garden
In a back-and-forth game that was played at a frenetic pace, St. John's held on at the end for a 58-57 win over Xavier at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. D'Angelo Harrison (20 points) and Sir'Dominic Pointer (19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, six blocks and four steals) lead the way for the Red Storm (19-9, 8-7), who passed up the Musketeers (18-11, 8-8) in the Big East standings. Trevon Bluiett notched 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Xavier to lead the way. He did most of his damage in the second half, as Xavier's offense began to attack St. John's lengthy zone defense with a little more confidence. In the first half, the Muskies roared to an 11-0 start on the strength of a trio of three pointers from Remy Abell (11 points, seven rebounds and three assists), Bluiett and Myles Davis (five points on 2-11 shooting). St. John's didn't score until almost four-and-a-half minutes had passed.

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XU Women Win in Dramatic Fashion at Buzzer
A layup by senior guard Maleeka Kynard with 1.7 seconds left in regulation gave the Xavier women's basketball team a 66-65 win over Creighton on Friday night at Cintas Center.

X Women Win BIG EAST Opener on the Road
Sophomore guard Raeshaun Gaffney scored a game-high 23 points as Xavier women’s basketball defeated Marquette, 74-71, on Tuesday night at the Al McGuire Center. XU posted a .549 field-goal percentage in the win, the third time this season the Musketeers have hit over 50 percent from the floor.

Lady Hoopsters Fall to Kennesaw State
Deandrea Sawyers hit a three pointer from the left wing with 1.7 seconds remaining in regulation to spoil the Musketeers second-half comeback and give Kennesaw State a 61-60 win on Monday afternoon.

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