Scouting No. 17 Providence at No. 21 Xavier - Wednesday (6:30 PM, CBSSN)

Scouting Providence( 16-2, 6-1 BIG EAST, #17 AP) at Xavier( 14-4, 4-3 BE, #21 AP)-Wednesday(6:30 PM-TV CBSSN). KenPom picks XU 74-67. I'll take that right now. PC's off to best start ever in BIG EAST(1st place-6-1) ahead of 7-2 Villanova. VU hosts DePaul Tuesday. 16-2 is Friar's best start since 1977-78 before BIG EAST was born w/ Dave Gavitt coaching. Ed Cooley preaches toughness(current PC coach-just passed 300 career wins). Provi is hard to play against-stubborn-grinding-nasty. They'll gladly play half court hammer ball and win on the road ugly.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Providence
  Date: Wednesday, 1/26/2022
  Time: 6:30:00 PM
  TV: CBS Sports Network
  Opponent: Georgetown
  Date: Friday, 1/28/2022
  Time: 7:00:00 PM

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

XU Thwarted by Marquette in Milwaukee
Frustrating 75-64 Xavier loss at Marquette Sunday! Muskies continue to miss a ton of lay-ups and close in post looks at the hoop. 3 pointers were a liablity(just 6 for 23-26%) while MU sniped 10-26 from outside-38.5%). X did not attempt a FT in 1st half. Maybe they didn't drive into the paint enough? but come on!! No free throws?? for a team that's Top 25 in NCAA in FT attempts. Overall, XU played hard, but failed to leverage their seeming height advantage.

Scouting Xavier at Marquette - Sunday-2PM EST
Xavier is at Marquette-Sunday-2PM EST-TV FS1. It's NCAA NET Quad 1 win opportunity for both teams( XU #16 NET)(MU #33). KenPom picks X, 75-74, so it's a toss-up basically. Muskies won Game #1 over Golden Eagles in BE opener at Cintas on 12-18 80-71. X started slowly(down 9 w/ 10 mins left-1st half)-M bombed in 6 "3s" before the break. Dwon Odom flipped the script-coming off the bench-attacking the rim-scoring 19 and ball hawking the MU guards. X steadied and won the rebound battle 45-39 w/ 13 offensive boards. "D" forced 12 MU turnovers and XU took good care of the rock(just 8 TOs) vs Marquette's Havoc press. Xavier vets like Scruggs and Freemantle struggled to score, but Odom and Nate Johnson(17 points-4 assists-0 TOs) and Jack Nunge (13 points-12 rebounds) and Colby Jones(11 points-8 rebounds) shined!!

Xavier Survives on the Road!! Beats DePaul 68-67!!
The Muskies played from behind almost all night long in Chicago. X led 2-0 in the first minute vs DePaul then did not go ahead again until 2 minutes left on a close in bucket by Jack Nunge taking a 67-65 lead. The final 1:15 was crazy!! X edged ahead 68-67 as Nunge (23 points-6 rebounds) made 1 of 2 FTs. The refs needed a long break to adjust the clock down to 50 seconds after XU got a defensive stop and forced a held ball. Muskies cleared out for Paul Scruggs posting up young DU PG Jalen Terry. DePaul rotated to Scruggs in the lane and forced a turn over (apparently no contact and no foul).

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Xavier Women Knock Off Butler in First BIG EAST Win
Xavier women's basketball picked up its first BIG EAST win of the season, defeating Butler, 77-55, on Wednesday afternoon at Cintas Center. Xavier only had seven players dressed for the contest due to health and safety protocols. Sophomore Megan Harkey notched her first career double-double with career highs of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Lady Musketeers Down Southeast Missouri
Kae Satterfield and Ayanna Townsend posted double-doubles on Sunday afternoon, leading Xavier to a 65-58 win over Southeast Missouri. The Musketeers moved to 5-6 on the year, while the Redhawks dropped to 4-7. Satterfield finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, her fifth career double-double. The 17 points matched her career in scoring.Townsend recorded a career-high 18 points and 15 rebounds, her third career double-double and first of the season.

Lady Muskies Fall in Shootout to UC
Shaila Beeler scored a game-high 23 points in Sunday's 82-73 loss at Cincinnati in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout at Fifth Third Arena. Xavier dropped to 4-6 on the year, while the Bearcats improved to 5-4. Xavier closes non-conference action on Sunday, Dec. 19 vs Southeast Missouri. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. ET from Cintas Center.

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