Thursday, October 22, 2020

Andy Mac Tweets on Coronavirus!!
I have posted a tweet thread @mm.andymac at the urging of my son Bryan who is an emergency doctor in Seattle on the front lines of the Coronavirus epidemic. We are at a critical point re community spread in the USA w/ the power collectively if we behave responsibly to drastically slow the spread and avoid our health system being overwhelmed. Read my post for more details. I'm no expert, but Bryan's seen a lot in 10 plus years of front line ER work and he's worried about the characteristics of this virus and its impact.

X Eliminated from BIG EAST Tournament by DePaul
The Xavier Musketeers were knocked off 71-67 by DePaul on Wednesday night in the First Round of the Big East Tournament. Xavier was led by Tyrique Jones and Zach Freemantle who scored career-highs of 22 and 18 points, respectively. Naji Marshall added 15 points for Xavier in the losing effort. With the loss, the Musketeers are eliminated from the BIG EAST Tournament and fall to 19-13 on the season.

Sorry about my absence from this site over the past few weeks. I'm recovering from hip replacement surgery(#2 for me) and post op has been more challenging than expected. I decided to focus my Muskie thoughts on twitter @mm_andymac to reduce computer time and manage the pain created by sitting at my computer desk. Things are improving so I'm trying a long form pre-BET info dump today. I've contended since BIG EAST season opened that 9 conference wins would earn any BE team an NCAA berth. The league posted its best ever non-conference number since New BIG EAST formation in 2014( #3 Power Conference behind Big 10-almost even w/ BIG 12). Once you post a league NET and start conference play you are locked in. It still looks like 7 BIG EAST NCAA Bids to me. Most national brackets agree(per Bracket Matrix). CBS(Jerry Palm) and FOX(Mike DeCourcy) have 7 in.

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XU Women Edged Out by Nova
Xavier women's basketball dropped a 55-54 contest vs Villanova on Friday night at Cintas Center. The Musketeers moved to 2-20 (1-10 BIG EAST), while the Wildcats improved to 13-10 (7-5 BIG EAST). Junior Aaliyah Dunham and sophomore Carrie Gross led the Musketeers in scoring with 11 points each. Dunham also dished out a team-high seven assists. Xavier continues its homestand on Sunday, Feb. 9 vs Georgetown. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Cintas Center.

Lady Musketeers Lose to Visiting Marquette
Junior A'riana Gray posted her third consecutive double-double on Sunday afternoon, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Musketeers dropped an 80-60 matchup vs Marquette. The Musketeers dropped to 2-16 (1-6 BIG EAST), while the Golden Eagles improved to 13-5 (4-3 BIG EAST). Xavier returns to action on Friday, Jan. 24 at Creighton. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. ET from D.J. Sokol Arena.

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).

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