Andy Mac: 2021-22 Schedule Released and Other Notes
Andy Mac Williams,
Plenty of Xavier TEAM 100 News-The 11 game non-conference schedule is out. 8 Home Games at Cintas. 2 Neutral Court tilts at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn over Thanksgiving and 1 true road game at Oklahoma State. The Opener is Tuesday November 9th at Cintas vs Niagara Purple Eagles Game 2-Kent State(MAC) at Cintas Friday November 12th. Game 3-Ohio State at Cintas Thursday November 18th-Part of Gavitt Games(BIG EAST vs Big Ten). XU is 2-1 in the series w/ wins at Michigan and Wisconsin and a home loss to Wisconsin. OSU should come in as a Top 25 team. A Muskie win would be an NCAA NET Quad 1 "W".
Game 4-Sunday November 21 at Cintas vs MEAC Champ Norfolk State. Games 5 and 6-Preseason NIT in NYC-Wednesday and Friday Nov. 24 and 26. Bracket still pending. Virginia Tech(ACC) and Memphis(AAC) would be NET Quad 1 wins. Rebuilding Iowa State would be an NET Quad 2.
Game 7-Wednesday Dec. 1st at Cintas vs Central Michigan(MAC). Game 8-Sunday December 5th at Oklahoma State(Big 12) in Stillwater. Part of BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle Series-Muskies 2-0 w/ wins over TCU(road) and Oklahoma(home). Game 9-Wednesday December 8th-Ball State(MAC) at Cintas. Game 10-Saturday December 11th at Cintas vs UC Bearcats-Crosstown Shootout-Muskies seeking 3rd straight win vs UC. Game 11-Wednesday December 15th at Cintas vs Morehead State(OVC).
Expect a couple BIG EAST games to be slotted before New Years(20 total regular season). The BIG NET Games(Quad 1s) are Ohio State, Memphis, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State. UC is HUGE obviously even if the Bearcats arrive as a Quad 4(probably Quad 2).
All 13 TEAM 100 scholarship players are on campus. 3 weeks of workouts have been completed(8 hours per week). Travis Steele reports all 8 hours have been dedicated to individual basketball skill work(shooting-ball handling etc) plus weight lifting and conditioning). Full team stuff will be phased in soon. Everybody is 100% physically and full go except for Ben Stanley( on track w/ his rehab after January ACL surgery). Both Nate Johnson(Super Senior) and Jack Nunge(Iowa transfer) are recovered from leg injuries.
Conditioning and strength progress is excellent. Guard Adam Kunkel has added 20 pounds to 183. Deionte Miles is maintaining 230. Frosh Cesare Edwards is in the process of redistributing his 230. Frosh Elijah Tucker has measured at 6-9 not 6-7(growth spurt). Indiana Transfer Jerome Hunter is actually 6-8(not 6-6 plus). Summer School is about to start.
Players are playing pick-up games frequently at night using the Aux Gym and the Hub. Coaches fan out the next 3 weekends to scout AAU tournaments from Atlanta to Las Vegas. Adidas and UnderArmour host events all 3 weekends w/ Nike just the last 2.
Quick Hoops Notes
Myles McBride has signed w/ an agent and is entering the NBA Draft after 2 years w/ Huggs at West Virgina. Marquette has lost 6-11 stud Dawson Garcia to North Carolina via transfer. Garcia opted out of NBA draft. St Johns star forward Julian Champagnie(BE leading scorer-1st Team BIG EAST) has opted out of NBA Draft and returns to the Red Storm for his Junior year.
We'll have plenty of TBT coverage soon focusing on XU Alum TEAM Zip 'Em Up. Training camp in Cincy. Game 1 in Columbus July 24th vs Ohio U grads.