Musketeers Go Ice Cold in Omaha

In late December, Xavier fell behind by 18 at Wake Forest before a furious second half rally paved the way to a big road win. On Tuesday night, the No. 5 Musketeers found themselves in the same hole. They trailed by 18 in the second half after falling behind 21-4 in the first.

Creightonís offense would stall in the second half, but they still had more than enough to knock off Xavier on a cold shooting night, 70-56. The Bluejaysí Maurice Watson, Jr. set a career-high with 32 points. He added in seven rebounds and five assists.   Continue reading...

Quick Take: Creighton 70, No. 5 Xavier 56

The No. 5 Musketeers quickly fell behind 21-4 on the road and never quite recovered. A change in defensive scheme to the 1-3-1 zone in the second half paid dividends, but the gap was too much for Xavier to overcome, as they fell on the road in Omaha 70-56.

Maurice Watson, Jr. carried the Bluejays throughout the game, but particularly when they needed it the most. Xavier cut the lead to five late in the game on the strength of their dominant big men, but Watson had the answers to end the run. He scored a career-high 32 points in a huge win for Creighton, who currently sits squarely on the bubbleómaybe even the outer edge of the bubble.   Continue reading...

More on Creighton!! Muskie Tidbits!!

Creighton(15-9,6-5 Big East) rolled into Georgetown two weeks ago at 5-2 in the Big East and sitting just behind Villanova and Xavier. The Blue Jays had beaten the Hoyas earlier in Omaha and fashioned an 11 point lead with just 2:30 to play in DC. Then G-town pressed-DSR played like an elite Senior and CU melted down. Georgetown rallied to win 74-73. CU then lost 75-65 to solid Seton Hall in Omaha and they were blown-out by Villanova(83-58) at the Pavilion(What else is new??).   Continue reading...

Trio of Muskies Score 20 in Victory over Marquette

No. 6 Xavierís confidence, particularly on the offensive end, continues to shine as this season progresses. It was never more evident than on Saturday afternoon, as the Musketeers rallied from down nine for a 90-82 victory over Marquette.

Xavier came back on the strength of 65% shooting from three, and career performances from a trio of the Muskiesí underclassmen. Trevon Bluiett, Edmond Sumner and JP Macura all topped the 20-point mark, the first time thatís happened since 2010.   Continue reading...

Muskies Surge Late vs Marquette!! Creighton Next In Omaha!!

The target on Xavier's back keeps getting larger as the wins pile up and the games dwindle down and the Muskies' national ratings climb. X posted two home court wins last week over St Johns and Saturday at Cintas against Marquette(90-82). Their 21-2 record should push XU well into the Top 5 when the new Polls come out Monday. Oklahoma and North Carolina lost over the weekend. They were rated 1-2 or 2-1 depending on the Ranking you consulted. Expect Xavier to be #3 in the Coaches' Poll and #4 in AP-program records in both Top 25s. Marquette came into Cintas Saturday semi-desperate with bubbliscious power ratings,a 15-8 overall record and a 4-6 Big East resume(tied for 7th with Butler). The Golden Eagles gave XU their best bolt.It took a gutsy final 4 minutes for Xavier to pull off the victory.   Continue reading...

Lady Muskies Win at Buzzer

Senior Jenna Crittendon hit the game-winning shot as time expired on Sunday afternoon, giving the Musketeers a 57-55 win over Creighton. Raeshaun Gaffney missed a contested layup with five seconds remaining in regulation before Crittendon's put back on the rebound with 0.3 seconds on the clock sealed the win. Xavier defeated the Bluejays in the same fashion at home last season with a layup by Maleeka Kynard.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Butler University
  Date: Saturday, 2/13/2016
  Time: 2:30:00 PM
  TV: Fox National
  Opponent: DePaul University
  Date: Friday, 2/12/2016
  Time: 8:00:00 PM

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Quick Take: No. 6 Xavier 90, Marquette 82
For a second straight game, Xavierís defense struggled to slow their opponent down. Luckily, their offense was dominant in the second half, as they shot a blistering 65% from three for the game in a 90-82 victory over Marquette. The win was No. 6 Xavierís fifth in a row, as they improved to 9-2 in conference play. The bench didnít play as big of a role in the game today, but the Muskies didnít need their depth to shine with three starters all cracking the 20-point mark.

Muskies Plow Past St Johns!! Let's Savor 20 Wins on February 3rd!!!
Infallible Las Vegas installed Xavier as a 24 point favorite over St Johns Wednesday night at Cintas. Seemed plausible!! The Johnnies had lost 12 in a row and languished in the Big East basement at 0-9. New coaches-new players-playing a Top 10 team on the road looked like a recipe for a blow-out. There were warning signs for Xavier though like the closer than the score indicated 74-66 Muskie win over the Red Storm Jan 6th in NYC and SJU's competitive loss to league leader Villanova Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Musketeers Grind Out Sweep of St. Johnís
Featuring more of that balance and depth that has taken No. 6 Xavier to new and unforeseen heights this season, the Musketeers fought for a surprisingly difficult 90-83 victory over St. Johnís on Wednesday night. Five Muskies scored in double-figures as Xavier became the first team in Division I to get to 20 wins on the season. Myles Davis led the way with 16 points and five assistsówith all 16 of his points coming in the second half. Trevon Bluiett recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Uncharacteristically, as of late, Bluiett scored 11 of those points in the first half.

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X Picks Up W Over Friars
Maddison Blackwell and Raeshaun Gaffney combined for 32 points on Friday night, leading the Musketeers to a 72-47 win over Providence at Cintas Center. Xavier moved to 16-6 (7-4 BIG EAST) with the win, while the Friars dropped to 4-18 (0-12 BIG EAST). The Musketeers improved to 5-1 in the all-time series against Providence.

Lady Musketeers Edge Butler
Aliyah Zantt matched her career high in scoring with 24 points and the Musketeers held Butler without a field goal in the final quarter as Xavier picked up a BIG EAST win on Friday night. The Musketeers defeated the Bulldogs, 55-47, to snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 15-6 (6-4 BIG EAST). Xavier captured the season series with Butler as the Bulldogs dropped to 7-14 (2-8 BIG EAST) on the year. Butler has now lost six games in a row.

X Falls at St. John's
Senior forward Briana Glover became the 24th member of the Xavier 1,000-point club on Sunday afternoon as the Musketeers dropped a 57-41 contest at St. John's. The Mason, Ohio, native finished with a team-high eight points on 3-for-6 shooting. Jada Byrd, Imani Partlow and Martha Thompson each added five points.

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