X Reigns Victorious in Crosstown Shootout

Naji Marshall led all scorers with a career-high 31 points as the Xavier Musketeers secured the crown as king of the Queen City for another year as X knocked off the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats, 73-66, on Saturday evening before a standing room only crowd of 10,811 fans at Cintas Center. The win marks Xavier's fifth in the last seven games over the Bearcats in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout including eight straight Musketeer wins at Cintas. Marshall was clearly the best player on the court, taking over the game at times. Marshall's 31 points was the most by an XU players since Trevon Bluiett lit up UC for 40 three seasons ago.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Cincinnati (Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout)
  Date: Saturday, 12/7/2019
  Time: 5:00:00 PM
  TV: FS1
  Score: Win, 73-66
  Opponent: Eastern Kentucky
  Date: Sunday, 12/8/2019
  Time: 2:00:00 PM

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The last four Xavier-UC games have been dominated by the home team. 2016 at Cintas XU 65-55. 2017 in Clifton UC 86-78 despite Trevon Bluiett's amazing 40 point effort. 2018 on Victory Parkway 89-76 Muskies w/ J.P. outfoxing Mick. 2019 at Fifth Third the Bearcats skunking XU, 62-47. The most recent Shootout road team upset 2015 when Dee Davis shocked the Bearcats w/ 5 made "3s" 16 points and 8 assists and X rallied twice in the last minute to win 59-57. Are we due for a close Shootout and maybe a Cincy road upset? Maybe especially if Xavier plays as inconsistently as we've seen over the last 3 games (Florida-Lipscomb and Wednesday vs Wisconsin Green Bay.

The new Top 25s are out and Chris Mack's Louisville Cardinals are the 4th #1 ranked team in 4 weeks following Michigan State-UK and Duke. It's that kind of wide open year in College Basketball. U of L gets an immediate acid test Tuesday at Yum Center hosting streaking 7-0 #4 Michigan in ACC-Big Ten Challenge(7:30PM-ESPN). Also Tuesday-UC Bearcats have a final tune-up before Saturday's Crosstown Shootout at Xavier(5PM-FS1). Cincy hosts Vermont(American East). Catamounts(6-3) are a veteran low turnover 3 point sniping group w/ a road win at St Johns and a 6 point road loss at NCAA Champ Virginia. You can watch UC-Vermont on CBS Sports Network at 7PM Tuesday. Other AP Top 25 slots-Seton Hall is #16-Villanova #23-7-0 Butler breaks in at #24. Xavier drops to #27 from #25 after a win over Lipscomb (87-62).

X-Men Blow Past Lipscomb
The No. 25 Xavier Musketeers knocked off visiting Lipscomb, 87-62, at Cintas Center on Saturday afternoon. Four Musketeers finished in double figures scoring, led by Paul Scruggs and Zach Freemantle who notched 15 points in the winning effort. With the win, XU advances its record to 7-1 while Lipscomb falls to 3-5. Other key contributors for the Musketeers included Tyrique Jones who recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds, marking the senior forward's fourth double-double of the season. Naji Marshall rounded out the double-digit scorers for X with 13 points. Also notable on Saturday was the debut of Xavier freshmen Daniel Ramsey and KyKy Tandy. The duo played in their first game as Musketeers after having sat out for the first 7 games due to injuries. Tandy excited the home crowd when he nailed his first shot attempted, a long 3-pointer at the top of the arc.

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Lady Musketeers Drop Fourth Straight, Losing to Wright State
Xavier women's basketball hit a season-high 12 three pointers in Saturday's 86-74 loss to Wright State at Cintas Center. The Musketeers dropped to 1-4 on the year, while the Raiders improved to 2-1. Xavier hit a season-high 12 three pointers with four Musketeers connecting on at least one three pointer. The Musketeers also scored a season-high 74 points and dished out a season-high 16 assists. Sophomore Carrie Gross scored a career-high 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting while Freshman Morgan Sharps scored a season-high 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Finally, Sophomore Lauren Wasylson scored a season-high 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting.

XU Women Fall to Ball State
Xavier women's basketball ended its three-game road swing with a 70-49 loss at Ball State on Wednesday afternoon. The Musketeers moved to 1-3 on the year, while Ball State improved to 2-2. Junior Aaliyah Dunham led the Musketeers in scoring with 10 points. Ashley Gomez and Lauren Wasylson both added seven points. Deja Ross led the team on the glass with nine rebounds.

XU Women Lose First Game of Season at Temple
Carrie Gross and A'riana Gray combined for 34 points and 16 rebounds on Thursday night as Xavier women's basketball dropped a 78-65 road game at Temple. Xavier moved to 1-1 on the year, while the Owls improved to 3-1.

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