Thursday, April 22, 2021


Musketeers Knocked Out of BIG EAST Tournament in First Round by Butler
The No. 7 seed Xavier Musketeers built a lead as large as 19 points in the first half against No. 10 seed Butler in the First Round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Wednesday night, but could not hold on in the second half as the Bulldogs eclipsed X, 70-69, in overtime. Zach Freemantle and Dwon Odom led Xavier with 14 points apiece. Freemantle added seven rebounds and four assists as well. Odom's point total marks a career-high for the freshman. With the loss, Xavier (13-8) is knocked out of the BIG EAST Tournament and appears to have significantly impacted its NCAA Tournament chances. The Musketeers will officially find out its postseason fate on Sunday as post-season tournament brackets are drawn up by the selection committees.

Andy Mac: Butler Game Slips Away from Musketeers
Xavier TEAM 99 seemingly deep sixed its NCAA Tourney chances-losing 70-69 in OT to Butler in Round One of the BIG EAST Tournament Wednesday at MSG. Muskies slip to 13-8 overall w/ 3 straight losses. They are 1-4 since sniper Nate Johnson went down w/ a leg injury and 3-6 since returning after that 21 day January COVID pause. X started like a tornado leading by as many as 19 points-up 40-26 on Butler at the half. Freshmen Colby Jones(10), Dwon Odom(8) and C.J. Wilcher(7) totaled 25 1st half points. XU attacked off the dribble and that opened up the perimeter game(6 of 12 from "3"). Muskies shot 59%FG and killed BU on the glass 21-11. The defense was sticky also.

Musketeers Lose Regular Season Finale at Marquette
The Xavier Musketeers fell to Marquette in their final game of the BIG EAST regular season, 66-59, at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Saturday night. Paul Scruggs led all scorers with 18 points to go with six rebounds. With the loss, Xavier drops to 13-7 overall and 6-7 in the BIG EAST. Xavier will be the No. 7 seed in the BIG EAST tournament and is set to open against Butler in the first round on Wednesday, March 10 at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

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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.

Lady Musketeers Win Senior Day Finale Against Georgetown
Senior forward A'riana Gray posted her 28th career double-double on Sunday afternoon, leading the Xavier women's basketball team to a 58-48 win over Georgetown on Senior Day. Xavier improved to 5-9 (2-8 BIG EAST), while the Hoyas dropped to 2-14 (2-14 BIG EAST). Gray finished with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. She matched her career high in assists with seven. Xavier clinched the No. 9 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament they will play either St. John's (with a loss on Monday) or Providence (with a St. John's win on Monday). The Musketeers will play in the opening game on Friday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

X Beaten by No. 1 UConn
Xavier women's basketball dropped an 83-32 BIG EAST matchup vs No. 1 UConn on Saturday afternoon at Cintas Center. The Musketeers moved to 4-7 (1-6 BIG EAST), while the Huskies improved to 18-1 (15-0 BIG EAST). The Huskies led from start to finish being a .508 field-goal percentage. UConn also forced 18 Xavier turnovers, converting the miscues into 29 points. Xavier travels to Butler on Monday for its next game. Tip time is 6 p.m.

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