No. 25 Muskies Grit Out Win Over VTech

Late Night Friday in the wake of Muskies' gritty 59-58 win over ACC Virginia Tech in Brooklyn (NIT Tip-off Tournament). XU decimated by stomach flu. Three rotation players could not play (top rebounder Colby Jones, Starting Center Dieonte Miles and Forward Jerome Hunter). Zach Freemantle still shelved after foot surgery (although reportedly Zach did participate in Friday's midday shoot around). That left Travis Steele w/ just three healthy bench guys (Adam Kunkel, Cesare Edwards and Kyky Tandy). Kunkel DNP in Wednesday's loss to Iowa State (sick) and starter Paul Scruggs was fighting illness in both games. Muskies spent 3 days in NYC dealing w/ doctors and I.Vs and constant trips to the bathroom. Travis Steele on the situation: "We've fought through a lot of adversity in the last 48 hours. Tonight was an ugly game-not perfect. We'll take it though. VT will be in the NCAA Tournament. Our guys just fought."   Continue reading...

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Sunday, November 28, 2021


X Drops First Game of Season in Preason NIT
What a nightmare in Brooklyn! Muskies were outhustled and punked off the dribble consistently by Big 12 Iowa State-losing 82-70 in Round One of Preseason NIT at Barclay's Center. Defensive stops were almost non-existent for XU. Forget about KILLS (3 stops in a row). KILLS were an endangered species on this night. X started slowly-down 17-7 just over 8 minutes in. Adam Kunkel (36 points-last two games) stayed back at the hotel w/ illness. Zach Freemantle sat the bench-still beached w/ foot injury. Sr leader Paul Scruggs was elbowed in the chest early on and never was a factor(3 points on 1-14 shooting).

And Mac: Scouting Xavier vs. Iowa State
Xavier TEAM 100 Update and Other Random Notes! First off-Happy Thanksgiving to all those who tap into my twitter threads. Forgive my hunt and peck typing style and poor use of punctuation. To see a continued long form rendition of my stuff, you can access http://musketeermadness.com. Jay Skeldon puts up most threads w/ bullets and paragraphs so content may be easier to follow. Muskies are traveling Tuesday to NYC for Preseason NIT-playing Iowa State(Big 12) Wednesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn(7PM Tip-ESPNU). Virginia Tech meets Memphis Wed. at (9:30PM- ESPN2). Winners and Losers pair off Friday(Times and TV TBA). XU is 4-0-rated #25 in AP Top 25 in the wake of the win over Ohio State.

Muskies Blast Norfolk State
Muskies blitzed Norfolk State 88-48 Sunday afternoon at Cintas dispelling any fear of a "TRAP" game w/ an opening 10-0 run. X led 45-16 at the half and just kept adding on. Travis Steele played all 11 available scholarship guys w/ Ben Stanley, Cesare Edwards and KyKy Tandy seeing their first PT of the season. XU shot it well for the first time(54% FG overall-45% from "3 "on 14-31). Adam Kunkel swished eight "3s"(8-10, totaled 26 Points). Xavier single game record is 9-held jointly by Trevon Bluiett and Romain Sato. Kunkel's range seems unlimited-the deeper the better-Brad Redford-esque. Super Senior guard Nate Johnson found his game also(4-8 from "3" and 20 points).

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X Women Pickup up First Win of Year Against Valpo
Nia Clark scored a career-high 26 points on Sunday afternoon, leading the Musketeers to a 70-49 win over Valparaiso. Clark also dished out a career-high five assists while adding one block and one steal. Xavier improved to 1-3 on the year, while the Beacons dropped to 0-4.

Miami Outlasts Lady Musketeers
Xavier women's basketball dropped its home opener vs Miami (Ohio), 77-73, at Cintas Center on Wednesday night. Xavier moved to 0-3 on the year, while the RedHawks improved to 2-1. Nia Clark led four Musketeers in double figures with 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting. She added three steals and three assists. Ayanna Townsend scored 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting. She also pulled down four rebounds. Kae Satterfield had 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting. She added three steals and four rebounds.

XU Women Edged by St. John's in BIG EAST Tournament
Xavier women's basketball dropped a 65-57 contest to No. 8 seed St. John's on Friday in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena. Xavier falls to 5-10 on the year, while the Red Storm improved to 8-14. A'riana Gray finished with a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds. The senior forward added two assists and two steals while Kae Satterfield posted 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting. She added six rebounds.

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