XU Suffers First Loss of Season, Falling to Wisconsin in Gavitt Tipoff Games
The Xavier Musketeers dropped their first game of the season on Tuesday evening, falling to the visiting Wisconsin Badgers, 77-68, in the Gavitt Tipoff Games before a crowd of 10,312 at Cintas Center. X had no answers for 6-11 Ethan Happ, a preseason AP All-American, as he led the charge for the Badgers, scoring a game-high 30 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. The Muskies never led in the game, digging out of holes in both the first and second halves. In the end, Wisconsin proved to be too much for XU on this night as the visiting Big Ten foe broke Xavier's non-conference home winning streak of 41 straight games that dated back to 2012. Xavier was led by sophomore Naji Marshall who notched career highs of 24 points and 13 boards.
Musketeer Club: Crosstown Shootout Viewing Party
The Musketeer Club is pleased to announce an exciting event featuring the biggest game in town. On December 8, we will be hosting a viewing party of the 2018-19 Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout featuring the Xavier Musketeers against the Cincinnati Bearcats. If you missed this 2 years ago, you missed a truly a once-in-lifetime event - a Musketeer Club viewing party in one of the best theaters in town, Envision Cinemas Bar & Grille, where you will have the opportunity to view the game on a 43-foot screen! Each fan sits in a recliner, with surround sound and extensive food menu and full bar with 56 craft beers, served to you at your recliner. Limited to the first 66 reservations.
SCOUTING WISCONSIN!! GAVITT GAMES 2018 The Muskies and Badgers know each other exceedingly well. This is their third game in four years. Wisconsin pulled the NCAA Tournament upset in St.Louis in March 2016 knocking out second seed Xavier 66-63 coming back from 8 points down in the final 6 minutes. Bronson Koenig torpedoed XU with two long threes-the final one at the buzzer. Last November the Muskies got revenge with an 80-70 Gavitt Games victory over the Badgers in Madison. X rallied from 2 points down in the final 2:30. Trevon Bluiett went on a scoring run. Tyrique Jones made a dynamic hustle steal play against WU star Ethan Happ and then canned two vital FTs. J.P. Macura enraged the Red Scare student section with an emphatic dunk followed by the Gator Chomp. PGA golf pro Steve Stricker questioned Xavier's sportsmanship in a series of angry tweets. So Tuesday evening's' tilt at Cintas (6:30 Tip-FS1) is the rubber match. Wisconsin is favored in Vegas and by Ken Pomeroy (74-72 Badgers-X with just a 42% chance of winning) on a Cintas floor where the Muskies have posted 41 straight home court non-conference "Ws" over almost 6 full seasons.
MUSKIES ACE THE OFFENSE!! FUMBLE THE DEFENSE!! BUT STLL BEAT EVANSVILLE!! Xavier 91 EVANSVILLE 85 Saturday afternoon at Cintas. I gotta admit. I underestimated the Missouri Valley Purple Aces considering their ugly 99-60 loss at Illinois Thursday-the seemingly depleted state of their roster under new coach Walter Mc Carty and the quick less than 48 hour turn-around from the Illinois debacle until XU at Cintas. Give E-ville credit! They kept punching after trailing Xavier by 15 with 7:20 left in the first half. The Aces played the new age drive and kick game almost to perfection making 17 of 33 three pointers(52%). Villanova burned Xavier for 16 made threes last February in a 95-79 Nova win at Cintas. Evansville broke that negative Muskie team record with the 17 makes. Mc Carty did an excellent job of helping his team put Illinois in the rearview mirror.
Kickin it Old School with Andy Mac:Game 1 recap/Evansville and Wisconsin preview/injury update College basketball has officially started. Everyone across the country is crowning Duke as the national champion but for Xavier, it was the beginning of a new era. No more J.P. Macura, no more Trevon Bluiett, no more Chris Mack who left for Louisville and on Tuesday night a new era started. Travis Steele and the new look Musketeers won their first game of the season against IUPUI at the Cintas Center, 82-69.
Andy Mac joins the BeDFRNT podcast to discuss Travis Steele's first win as head coach and breaks down the play of each player in game 1. Be sure to follow the BeDFRNT podcast for more college hoops and talk, and of course, more Andy Mac.
Lady Muskies Open Season Victorious Sophomore Deja Ross scored a career-high 22 points on Wednesday night, leading the Xavier women's basketball team to a 91-57 season-opener win over Chicago State. The Musketeers moved to 19-0 in season openers at Cintas Center following the win. Sophomore Deja Ross was one of four Musketeers in double-figures with a career-high 22 points. The forward was 8-for-11 from the floor and 4-for-7 from behind the arc.
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.