Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Random Thoughts Prior to Xavier-Arizona!!
The Muskies are a consensus 11 point underdog vs Arizona Thursday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Ken Pomeroy gives XU a 16% chance of winning. ESPN's BPI pegs the upset chance at 15%. Of the eight Sweet 16 NCAA games, only West Virginia is a larger "dog" with Kentucky picked by 13 and a half. Sean Miller's Wildcats haven't exactly been lights out in LA over the years. Between regular season PAC games against UCLA and USC and PAC Tournament games at Staples Cente (before the move to Las Vegas) and NCAA games in Anaheim, Zona under Sean is 12-10 in SoCal.

Muskies Solve Georgia State!! Arizona Next in Sweet 16 at LA!!!
The National Media is upset!! Xavier took out Cinderella dujour Georgia State Saturday evening 75-67 in the NCAA's at Jacksonville. Seth Davis (CBS) picked the Sun Belt Panthers over the Muskies while cradling their logo in the studio. We all appreciated the Hunter's father-son story and respected their upset of Baylor in the Round of 64. The Baylor Bears had been to three straight Sweet 16's under Scott Drew. They'd ended XU's season in 2012. GSU gave X a game for about 25 minutes forcing the Muskies into a bunch of turnovers and playing that basket trading game. It was tied at 38 when Xavier embarked on a separating 7-0 run. Senior PG Dee Davis was the catalyst. He banked in a circus scoop lay-up-then dished to Myles Davis for a wide open corner three-then found Jalen Reynolds on the low block with a nifty bounce pass for an emphatic slam duck. 45-38 XU with 12:48 to play!! Ga. State hung around though. Trevon Bluiett buried a wing three from Remy Abell with 9:18 left to give X a 9 point advantage at 51-42. It was Tre's only basket of the day, but it was huge coming near the end of a patient possession. Bluiett tip toed through foull trouble the entire day and was limited to 14 minutes, but much like the Crosstown Shootout when he canned the winning FTs against the Borecats, Trevon stepped up when it was winning time.

Xavier Shoots Lights Out, Advances to Sweet 16
After poor performances in their game against Ole Miss, Jalen Reynolds and Myles Davis led the way for Xavier in a 75-67 victory over Georgia State. With the win over the Panthers, the Musketeers advance to their first Sweet 16 since 2012, and the fifth in the past eight seasons. Reynolds led all scorers with a career-high 21 points on 8-9 shooting from the floor, and Davis added 17 more on the strength of 5-8 from beyond the arc. The two proved to be a deadly combination, as Xavier pounded he ball inside, scoring at will, then knocked down big outside shots.

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X Knocke Off William & Mary in WBi
Jenna Crittendon capped a 17-5 Xavier run in the closing minutes of Thursday night's Women's Basketball Invitational game with a layup with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Musketeers a 57-56 win over William & Mary. XU moved to 18-14 on the year and 12-5 when playing at Cintas Center.

Lady Muskies Finish BIG EAST Slate with "W"
Raeshaun Gaffney and Aliyah Zantt combined for 55 points to lead the Xavier women's basketball team over St. John's, 74-61, on Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. The game served as Senior Day for the Musketeers lone senior, Maleeka Kynard.

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.

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