Technically inept Andy Mac managed to nuke another carefully crafted article so here are a few bullet points. EKU RETROSPECTIVE: XU needed 10 minutes to experience the manic Colonel press then adjusted superbly going plus 21 points over the 10 minutes before halftime to lead 47-33 at the break then winning 95-77. All this good stuff with post-up guard Paul Scruggs on the bench in foul trouble. Xavier shot 71.4% from the field(close to a school record) attacking the rim(28-33 from inside the arc) for 84% and limiting threes to shots in transition. The Muskies missed their first 5 from long range then drained 6 of 11 with the right guys shooting(Ryan Welage 3-4 and Scruggs 2-2) off the fast break with wide open looks. Six Muskies scored in double figures. PG Quentin Goodin thrived in the open floor(16 points-10 assists-7 steals). Naji Marshall did his best work off the dribble(15 points-10 boards-6 assists).   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Missouri
  Date: Tuesday, 12/18/2018
  Time: 7:00:00 PM
  Opponent: Alabama State
  Date: Tuesday, 12/18/2018
  Time: 7:00:00 PM

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Xavier's results in games immediately following semester exams is less than stellar and way below the Muskies' normal 75 to 80% success rate. Test stress is real for XU players. They take actual courses-write their own papers and pull all nighters. The coaches back off practice time. Case in point-last December's wild Cintas game against East Tennessee state. The Muskies were rated 10th. They'd beaten Baylor and UC. They hadn't lost a home non-conference game in 4 years, but ETSU led by 12 at the half and by 22 with 14:30 left in regulation. Xavier rallied to win 68-66 for the largest comeback in Cintas history, but it was like a trip to the proctologist. ETSU played amazingly well bringing physical defense. Both J.P. Macura and Kaiser Gates sustained concussions-missed the Marshall game and the Muskies almost lost that at home (W81-77). There are many more examples of post exam anomalies. They are just too painful for Andy Mac to recount.

Saturday afternoon's 62-47 Muskie loss to the UC Bearcats in Clifton was ugly and painful, but far from fatal or even a near death experience. All props and credits to UC. They took full advantage of the home court and did it their way and coupled that with the revenge factor from their 89-76 destruction at Cintas last year.The game was a half court rock fight for the full 40 minutes. Cincy controlled tempo with their sticky nasty defense and their low turnover grind you down offense. UC owned the scoreboard winning by 15(62-47) and leading by as many as 22 points. It was no fluke. Look at the numbers. The Bearcats won the rebounding war 36-30. X managed just 7 offensive boards. UC turned it over just 5 times. Xavier coughed it up 12. UC won way over 50% of the so called 50-50 balls. The Muskies got few (it seemed like none) easy baskets (lay-ups-dunks). XU settled for jumpers (5-25 from three with just 26 two point FG tries) while UC played inside-out and got the shots they wanted especially when the closing the game out when Cumberland controlled almost every possession and waited patiently until he got the match-up and angle he wanted.

Sputtering Offense Holds Xavier Back in Loss to Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati Bearcats welcomed Xavier to Fifth Third Arena yesterday. The welcome was far from warm as they were eager to avenge their sizable loss in the Crosstown Shootout in Cintas last season. While offense was the headline last season, this Shootout was highlighted by the Bearcats defense and Xavier's poor offensive effort. After the full 40 minutes had passed, Xavier was handed an ugly 62-47 loss with few positives to be taken from the rubble.

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X Knocks Off Deleware St
Freshman Carrie Gross scored a season-high 12 points on Sunday afternoon as Xavier topped Delaware State, 80-59, on Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. The Musketeers moved to 7-1 on the year, while the Hornets moved to 2-5. Xavier returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Cincinnati in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Fifth Third Arena.

XU Slips by North Alabama in OT
A'riana Gray and Na'Teshia Owens led the Xavier women's basketball team to a 94-81 overtime win versus North Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. Xavier moved to 6-1 on the year, while North Alabama dropped to 7-1. The two players combined for 44 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals, while going 18-for-30 from the floor.

Lady Musketeers Knock Off Wake Forest on the Road
Freshman Lauren Wasylson was one of three Musketeers in double figures on Wednesday night, scoring 16 points to lead the Xavier women's basketball team to a 62-50 win at Wake Forest. The Musketeers move to 4-1 on the year, while the Demon Deacons fall to 3-2. Sophomore A'riana Gray led the Musketeers in scoring (17) and rebounding (6) on Wednesday night. She was 6-for-17 from the floor and 3-for-8 from behind the arc. She added three steals.

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