This is the earliest I've ever written re a new Xavier basketball season. That might indicate my excitement about the potential of the Travis Steele Era. Joe Sunderman, Byron Larkin, Mike Sussli (former Xavier assistant-longtime Moeller assistant) watched TEAM 97 practice for an hour on the Cintas floor a week ago Monday. Ferris State transfer Zach Hankins is the real deal. He runs well-blocks shots-finishes around the rim and reminds me of Kevin Carr-a Skip Prosser recruit from the mid-1990's who outplayed Marcus Camby(UMass-Final 4-John Calipari) in an epic Cincinnati Gardens OT loss(78-74) Feb 4,1996.
Kickin it Old School with Andy Mac: Mid-Summer Update - Team 97
Andy Mac is back in studio with BeDFRNT. This offseason has been one of many changes for the Xavier Musketeers basketball program. Andy breaks down the roster and coaching changes in this weeks interview.
BeDFRNT Podcast: Unplugged Interview: Jeff Goodman, ESPN
Jeff Goodman of ESPN joins the BeDFRNT podcast to discuss the NBA Playoffs with a focus on the rise of Brad Stevens and the Celtics. In addition to NBA, Jeff offers insight on the upcoming NBA Draft and debates with Brad about Mothers Day gift ideas.
Kickin it Old School with Andy Mac: Episode 21
Travis Steele is wasting no time since being named the 18th head coach in Xavier basketball history. Andy Mac analyzes Coach Steele's first week and breaks down the newly acquired grad transfers and assistant coaches that will be on the sidelines at Cintas next year.
TRAVIS STEELE ERA OFF TO FAST START!!! Xavier leadership (Greg Christopher, Father Graham, John Kucia) acted quickly and diligently and correctly IMHO promoting Travis Steele to Head Coach. Continuity is a good thing when you're looking to perpetuate and advance a highly productive entity like the Xavier basketball program and brand. Travis learned well, contributed and grew on the Muskie bench. It's his time to call the shots and he's ready to assume the role of CEO. He seemed at ease and composed and excited at his opening press conference. Steele appreciates XU basketball history and understands his role is to improve performance. That's what all his predecessors have done since Bob Staak ushered in the Modern Era of Xavier basketball back in 1979.
Xavier Women Knock Off Butler on Senior Day Xavier women's basketball picked up a 57-54 win over Butler on Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. The contest served as 'Senior Day' for Anniina Äijänen and Jada Byrd. The Musketeers ended regular-season play with a 10-19 (3-15 BIG EAST) record, while the Bulldogs moved to 14-16 (6-12 BIG EAST). Xavier swept the season series with Butler. Xavier opens BIG EAST Tournament action on Saturday, March 3 against No. 7 seed Seton Hall. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET from Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill.
Lady Muskies Win Big East Opener at Butler Xavier women's basketball opened BIG EAST action with a 69-62 win over Butler on Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Musketeers moved to 8-4 (1-0 BIG EAST), while the Bulldogs dropped to 8-5 (0-1 BIG EAST). Kindell Fincher scored a season-high 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting. The junior guard added seven rebounds and a team-high three 3-pointers. The Musketeers hit 11 three pointers, their fifth game of the season with 10 or more three pointers. Xavier continues BIG EAST action at Georgetown on Jan. 2. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.
Lady Muskies Move to 3-0 The Lady Musketeers pick up their third straight win over Grambling State and move to 3-0 on the young season. With three scorers in double digits, the offense scored a season-high 72 points. Guards Jada Byrd and Aaliyah Dunham scored a career-high 18 and 11 points respectively, while forward Imani Partlow picked up a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. This is Partlow's third career double-double.