Scouting Seton Hall!! Will We See Isiah Whitehead??

Xavier hopes to build on the momentum generated by Tuesday's 66-53 Big East Road win at #21 Georgetown when they play at Seton Hall Saturday (noon-Fox Sports 1-at the "Rock" in Newark, NJ). SHU deep sixed a three game losing streak with a semi-blowout 80-70 victory Wednesday at Marquette. The Pirates dissected MU's base zone defense making 13 three pointers. They tore open a close game with a 23-3 run out of halftime. SHU got great guard play from Junior star Sterling Gibbs(24 points-10 assists), lefty Frosh Khadeen Carrington (20 points) and Sophomore PG Jaren Sina (3 made first half three pointers).

Always tinkering, coach Kevin Willard boiled his rotation down to 6 players. Senior forward Brandon Mobley got 13 and 9. Frosh post Angel Delgado logged another double-double (12 and 11). Frosh forward Desi Rodriquez played 17 minutes and did not score.   Continue reading...

Xavier Earns Critical Road Win in D.C.

After losing five consecutive road games and all four of their Big East road games, Xavier had a big chance to snap their bad luck with a trip to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown. The Musketeers (14-7, 5-4) used a dominant defensive display in the first half to pull off the 66-53 upset of the No. 21 Hoyas (14-6, 6-3).

Myles Davis scored 19 points to lead the Musketeers, shooting six of nine from the field and drilling three consecutive three pointers in the first half. Those threes extended the Xavier lead to 29-12, threatening to run the Hoyas out of the Verizon Center. Davis also dished five assists, grabbed three boards, forced two steals and did not turn the ball over in 35 minutes of action.   Continue reading...

Muskies Slay Big East Road Dragon!! Watershed Win at Georgetown!!

The "New" Big East is a strange wacky unpredictable beast of a conference. Georgetown was getting all the love prior to their home date in DC Tuesday nite against Xavier. The Hoyas sat first in the standings at 6-2. They had blitzed favorite Villanova by 20 at Verizon Center and scored 95 in a road win at Marquette.

Their "W" over Villanova and their four game win streak had propelled them back into the APTop 25 (#21) and pushed their RPI into rarified air (13th). Frosh Issac Copelend won BE Rookie of the Week and the bloggers immediately christened him the next Jeff Green or Otto Porter. CBSSN studio guy Wally Sczerbiak noted that XU was an awful road team (0-4 away in the BE) and picked G-town in a slaughter. Fox Sports 1 expert Ben Howland (former UCLA coach) experienced a brain cramp and called the Muskies X-avier. At least,he left the "of Ohio" out.   Continue reading...

Quick Take: Xavier 66, No. 21 Georgetown 53

For the first time in a long time, Xavier had a productive road trip and played a nearly complete game. Doing it in the nation's capital against No. 21 Georgetown makes it just that much sweeter. With the 66-53 win, the Musketeers (14-7, 5-4) claim a season sweep over the Hoyas (14-6, 6-3).

The Muskies controlled this game almost from the opening tip, with both offenses struggling. Xavier found enough offense in the first half, and over the course of the game, to pull out a victory. Most of their scoring came at the free throw line, but it was enough, as the Musketeer defense locked down the Hoyas for a second time this year.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Creighton
  Date: Wednesday, 2/4/2015
  Time: 9:00:00 PM
  Opponent: Providence
  Date: Sunday, 2/1/2015
  Time: 1:00:00 PM

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Looking Back on DePaul!! #21 Georgetown Next (Tuesday in DC)
"I would not be betting against Xavier Saturday (vs DePaul) matter what the spread." That's how I concluded my XU-DU Scouting Report here in this space. Apparently, XU was favored by at least 12.5? I could care less about that stuff although Vegas is pretty accurate!! That's what someone told me prior to the presentation Brad Redford and I do at Duff's in Cintas before every home game. The fan thought I should recant my written prediction in light of DePaul's 5-2 Big East record and their 71-68 win over Xavier three weeks previously in Chicago. I stuck to my guns and repeated my theory with conviction live to the crowd. And I did not waver at halftime when the Muskies trailed 50-42 to the Blue Demons. I'm a believer!! I drink that blueberry Muskie cool aid.

Xavier Races Past DePaul in the Second Half
After two consecutive frustrating games, including the overtime loss at Providence, Xavier needed a strong game. Instead, DePaul came out on fire, showing why they came into the game in a three-way tie for first place in the Big East. After a rocky first half, the Musketeers (13-7, 4-4) steadied themselves and played better defense in the second half, topping the Blue Demons (11-10, 5-3) 89-76 at the Cintas Center. That first half, though, did little to relax Xavier fans or head coach Chris Mack. DePaul shot 63.3% for the half and drilled 11 of 19 threes en route to a 50-42 halftime lead. The Blue Demons accumulated 15 assists on 19 made field goals, compared to just five turnovers. When the defense plays that poorly in a half, it matters very little how the offense does. And Xavier's offense was far out-shadowed, even though they shot 50% from the field.

Quick Take: Xavier 89, DePaul 76
Coming off a difficult loss at Providence, Xavier could not afford a home loss. And they couldn't afford to suffer it at the hands of DePaul. Even if the Blue Demons (11-10, 5-3) are much improved, it would mean a season sweep. Trailing the entire first half, the Musketeers (13-7, 4-4) played better defense and started attacking the basket in the second period, pulling away for an 89-76 victory. DePaul was content to shoot threes for the majority of the game, while Xavier pounded the low post. It would pay dividends as the game progressed and DePaul wore down. The Demons had no answer for Matt Stainbrook and the Musketeers' attacking guards and wings.

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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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