Opponent: Georgetown
  Date: Wednesday, 1/22/2020
  Time: 6:30:00 PM
  TV: FS1
  Opponent: Marquette
  Date: Sunday, 1/19/2020
  Time: 2:00:00 PM

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Xavier Falls to Creighton for Second Straight Loss
The Xavier Musketeers lost its second straight on Saturday afternoon, falling 77-65 at home to Creighton. Naji Marshall scored a team-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds in the losing effort. Paul Scruggs added 19 points for XU and reeled in nine rebounds as well. With the loss, Xavier drops to 12-5 overall and 1-3 in the BIG EAST while Creighton improves to 13-4 (2-2 BE). Xavier must regroup quickly and recover from the loss as hits the road this week, travelling to Marquette on Wednesday, January 15. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m at Fiserv Forum.

Labeling a game "MUST WIN" sort of makes no sense. What happens if XU loses to Creighton Saturday afternoon at Cintas? Is the season over? Do we cancel the rest of the schedule? It's important though. Both XU and CU are 1-2 in BIG EAST in a 4 way tie for 5th w/ Marquette and Georgetown. Both Xavier and Creighton have sustained an early home defeat. X could really be behind the early BE eight ball by losing another at Cintas. Consider the Muskies have to play Marcus Howard (27PPG) and Marquette Wednesday in Milwaukee where MU is 10-1 w/ their lone loss by one(81-80) to Providence in OT. After that, X would have to stew at 1-3 until Wednesday January 22nd when they host Georgetown at Cintas (first of two bye weeks built into the schedule). Too long to wallow in the negative at 8th or worse in the BIG EAST table (for you soccer fans) standings for the rest of us red blooded North Americans. Hey, I'm an FC Cincinnati season ticket holder, but it's the field to me (not the pitch) and they were uniforms (not kits). Sorry to digress!! Nick Haglund (FC Cincy defender and Xu 2014 grad gets inducted into the Xavier Hall of Fame this weekend along w/ baseball player Scott Gordon (1989) and Katie Pheilan (tennis-2013). More on basketball HOF inductees Justin Doellman (2007) and Mike Hawkins(1995) later in this post. X is favored 72-68 by Ken Pom. Muskies have beaten Blue Jays in 4 of 6 BIG EAST encounters in Cincinnati.

X Falls Short at Home against The Hall
Xavier made a furious comeback attempt in the final minutes of the game but it was not enough as the Muskies fell to Seton Hall, 83-71, on Wednesday evening at Cintas Center. Tyrique Jones led the Musketeers with a team high 19 points and nine rebounds. Paul Scruggs (17), Naji Marshall (15) and Jason Carter (14) rounded out the double-digit scorers for X. With the loss, Xavier falls to 12-4 (1-2 BE) while Seton Hall advances to 11-4 and a perfect 3-0 in league play. Next up for Xavier is Creighton at 2:00 pm at Cintas Center on Saturday.

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XU Women Dismantle Georgetown for First BIG EAST Win
Juniors Aaliyah Dunham and A'riana Gray combined for 40 points on Friday night, leading the Xavier women's basketball team to an 85-64 win at Georgetown. The Musketeers improve to 2-13 (1-3 BIG EAST), while the Hoyas dropped to 4-12 (1-4 BIG EAST).

Lady Muskies Fall to Seton Hall on NYE
Junior A'riana Gray scored a team-high 22 points on Tuesday afternoon as the Xavier women's basketball team dropped an 83-61 contest to Seton Hall. Xavier dropped to 1-12 (0-2 BIG EAST), while the Pirates improved to 9-4 (2-0 BIG EAST).

XU Women Knocked Off by Northwestern
Junior A'riana Gray posted her second double-double (14 points, 17 rebounds) of the season on Saturday afternoon as Xavier closed non-conference action with a 79-59 loss to Northwestern at the West Palm Beach Invitational. The two-day tournament was hosted by Keiser University at the Student Life Center. The Musketeers dropped to 1-10 on the year, while Northwestern improved to 10-1.

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