Xavier TEAM 99 Update - Game 5 Report - X Crushes Tennessee Tech; Shootout Up Next

Xavier TEAM 99 Update...Game 5 Report...Muskies became NCAA's first 5-0 team so far w/a sharp well executed 79-48 Cintas win over Tennessee Tech Wednesday. XU shot the ball well(52%FG-7-15 from "3"-70% FTs) and took good care of the ball(just 8 turnovers-well under team's goal of 11 or less). X shared the ball unselfishly(19 assists on 29 FGs). As Travis Steele put it. "We kept the ball hot and moving. We spaced the floor. We have elite shooters so if we keep making the extra pass we create open looks." Defensively, Xavier held TT to just 48 points on 32%FG. Muskies forced 16 turnovers-blocked 10 shots and managed 10 steals.   Continue reading...

X Beats Tennessee Tech and Cruises to Fifth Straight Win

The Xavier Musketeers extended their season opening winning streak to five straight games as they knocked off Tennessee Tech, 79-48, in convincing fashion on Wednesday night at Cintas Center. The Musketeers (5-0) were led by graduate transfer Nate Johns who scored a team-high 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Next up for the the X-Men is a trip to Cilfton to take on the University of Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday in the 2020-21 Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout: Cincinnati
  Date: Sunday, 12/6/2020
  Time: 3:00:00 PM
  Opponent: DePaul
  Date: Sunday, 12/6/2020
  Time: 4:00:00 PM

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Freemantle and Carter Post Double-Doubles in OT Win Against EKU
Zach Freemantle and Jason Carter notched double-doubles on Monday night as Xavier held on to win 99-96 in overtime against Eastern Kentucky at Cintas Center. Freemantle finished with team-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds while Carter recorded 20 points, a Xavier-career high for him, and 11 rebounds. Nate Jones and KyKy Tandy added 18 points apiece in the winning effort. With the win, Xavier improves to a perfect 4-0 on the season.

Xavier TEAM 99 Update - Game 4 Report - X Moves to 4-0
Xavier TEAM 99 Update-Game 4 Report- Muskies barely survived vs Eastern Kentucky's manic full court press winning 99-96 in OT Monday night at Cintas. X advances to 4-0 w/ another OVC team Tennessee Tech coming to Cincy Wed.(7PM-TV FS1). X flirted w/ disaster all evening building double digit leads(plus 13 w/ 2 min.left 1st half) then(plus 11 early in half #2). EKU forced XU into 25 turnovers and outworked Muskies in 50-50 balls digging out 18 offensive rebounds. Eastern launched 91 shots to Xavier's 60. Luckily Muskies made 29 of 41 2 point FGs(over 70%) and knocked down 23 of 30 FTs(77%). Travis Steele admitted XU was "very fortunate to win." He went on to say "There are no excuses. Nobody cares you've played 4 games in 6 days. There are no off days. Guards should want to be pressed. Look what happened when we beat their press."

Andy Mac: Team 99 - Game 3 Report - Xavier Knocks Off Toledo
Xavier TEAM 99 Update- Game 3 Report-Bottom line-Muskies are 3-0 after 3 games in 3 days- X was stressed BIG TIME by Toledo in Game 3 Friday afternoon at Cintas-trailing by as many as 10 points-leading for just 7 minutes-adjusting to Zach Freemantle's acute game long foul trouble XU won 76-73 vs a TU team that sniped 10 of 19 from "3" and outscored Muskies by 5 from FT line. Covid 19 impacted the game w/ Xavier shorthanded again-sans Colby Jones and C.J. Wilcher in virus protocol plus Adam Kunkel waiting for NCAA to rule on his red shirt waiver request. Friday Fox TV had a crew problem courtesy of Covid so no FS1 live telecast. Luckily, Steele Family covered me w/ a ticket. The game intensity was terrific! Sorry most of you couldn't see it.

Tandy Leads Xavier Past Toledo with Career High Performance
The Xavier Musketeers won their third game in three days to open the 2020-21 season, knocking off Toledo 76-73 in the Xavier Invitational on Friday at Cintas Center. Sophomore guard KyKy Tandy recorded a career-high 24 points in the win as the Musketeers moved to a perfect 3-0 this season. Next up for Xavier is Eastern Kentucky on Monday at Cintas Center. Game time is set for 7pm.

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Lady Musketeers Open 2020-21 Campaign with a Victory
Xavier women's basketball picked up an 81-73 win at Detroit Mercy in the team's 2020-21 season opener. Freshman Nia Clark posted a double-double, scoring 14 points with 10 steals in her Musketeer debut. Xavier returns to action on Friday, Dec. 4 in BIG EAST action versus Creighton. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. from Cintas Center with the game being aired on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

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.

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