SCOUTING TOWSON & CHARLESTON TOURNAMENT FIELD!!

Xavier should be well rested for three games in four days at Charleston, South Carolina. Travis Steele gave the troops Saturday and Sunday off after surviving Missouri State Friday night at Cintas(59-56) and sweeping the season opening 4 game homestand(4-0 start). XU practiced Monday afternoon. They go again Tuesday late morning before leaving early afternoon for the low country. Wednesday is a practice, banquet and get-to-know you day in SC. Game #1 of the 8 team tourney is Thursday at 7PM-Xavier vs Towson-on ESPNU. Game #2 is Thursday. If the Muskies win, they play at 9PM on ESPNU. If they lose, It's a 7PM Tip-also on ESPNU. X plays either Buffalo(MAC) or UConn(AAC) w/ game #1 winners and losers matching up. Everybody is off Saturday. Sunday's Championship Gamed is on ESPN at 8:30PM.   Continue reading...

  NEXT UP FOR XAVIER...
MEN'S BASKETBALL
  Opponent: Towson (Charleston Classic)
  Date: Thursday, 11/21/2019
  Time: 7:00:00 PM
  TV: ESPN
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
  Opponent: Ball State
  Date: Wednesday, 11/20/2019
  Time: 11:30:00 AM

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


MUSKIES SURVIVE MIZZOU STATE! PREP FOR CHARLESTON TOURNEY!!
We warned Muskie fans to "Beware of the Bear!!" and we were correct to give ample respect to "Valley" favorite MSU. It was too easy too early for XU getting out to a 10-0 lead. X could have really buried them, but missed open"3s" and piled up some careless turnovers. Muskies let Bears right back into the game and let them play at their preferred slow tempo. The game became a half court rock fight ala Missouri Tigers Tuesday(63-58 OT XU win). MSU cut the XU lead to just 32-30 at the half and Travis Steele was not happy w/ 10 Muskie turnovers and just 1 Muskie offensive rebound. Game on! Mizzou State gained confidence and kept hanging around. X never gave up the lead though and rediscovered their grit and defensive mojo(forcing 22 total MSU turnovers-grabbing 10 2nd half offensive boards and committing only 5 2nd half turnovers).

SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE!! BEWARE THE BEARS!!
Superficially, Mizzou State might not knock your socks off. They're 168 in the KenPoms coming off a 16-16 season-tied for 3rd in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bears are 2-1 through 3 home games in Springfield, Mo. losing their opener to Little Rock by 1(67-66) when they frittered away a 9 point second half lead then posting wins over Alabama State and Cleveland State(316 and 318 in KP's power ratings). As I said in the headline though, BEWARE the BEAR! MSU is the consensus favorite to win the Missouri Valley ahead of Northern Iowa and Loyola, "Valley" teams are sneaky good even w/o Creighton and Wichita State in the MVC anymore. Tuesday Evansville strolled into Rupp Arena and upset #1 Kentucky. The idiot fringe is calling for Coach Cal's head in Lexington. In April 2018 the Loyola Ramblers made the Final 4 w/ Sister Jean and company. Successful "Valley" teams know how to control tempo and steal wins on the road.

REFLECTING ON MUSKIES' 63-58 OT ROCK FIGHT
Travis Steele came up w/ the "Rock Fight" label for Tuesday's Xavier come-from-behind victory over Missouri(SEC) and he was right on. November basketball can be less than artful-even heavy handed. The stats would corroborate that. Mizzou shot 33% FG, 6-25 from "3" and turned the ball over 20 times. XU hit 32.8% FG, 3-21 from 3 and coughed up 16 turnovers. Plenty of blemishes both ways, but certainly a ton of effort. X continued their manic high ball pressure defense. M made just 4 field goals in the first 15 plus minutes and trailed by 15(27-12). The Muskies missed several wide open looks from "3" and had the Tigers teetering on extinction. Mizzou stayed alive w/ a late 9-1 run and trailed by just 7 at the half (28-21).

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XU Women Lose First Game of Season at Temple
Carrie Gross and A'riana Gray combined for 34 points and 16 rebounds on Thursday night as Xavier women's basketball dropped a 78-65 road game at Temple. Xavier moved to 1-1 on the year, while the Owls improved to 3-1.

XU Women Win Season Opener over Utes
Junior A'riana Gray posted her 17th career double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) on Thursday night, leading the Xavier women's basketball team to a 70-63 win over Utah in the team's season opener. The win was first head coaching victory for new head coach Melanie Moore.

Lady Muskies Dropped by Friars in the Ocean State
Xavier women's basketball dropped a 71-58 BIG EAST matchup at Providence on Sunday afternoon. The Musketeers moved to 10-8 (1-6 BIG EAST), while the Friars improved to 12-8 (4-4 BIG EAST). A'riana Gray led the Musketeers in scoring with nine points on 3-for-6 shooting, while Princess Stewart added six points. Aaliyah Dunham and Tierra Floyd both chipped in five points.

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