Andy Mac: Xavier TEAM 100 Update
By Andy Mac Williams, 10/21/2021

There are 19 days until the Opener-Tuesday November 9 at Cintas vs Niagara. Week 4 of Fall Practice. Practice Notes from Wednesday. Iowa transfer Jack Nunge is now a full practice participant including contact drills. The 7 footer manned the low post sharing Center reps w/ Dieonte Miles and Frosh Cesare Edwards. Jack pulled out to the corner in one full court drill and swished a "3". He can shoot it-rebound and rim protect. Tough ball pressure was the theme for the day w/ plenty of work on ball screen defense. Pack Line defensive rules were discussed. Goals include giving up contested "2s" off the bounce-not lay-ups and set-in "3s". Cutting off baseline drives is a top priority. Funneling the ball to the middle where there is help and bodies is important.

Overall shooting seems much improved w/ easy "3s" knocked down consistently by multiple shooters(Nate Johnson-Paul Scruggs-Colby Jones-Jerome Hunter) in full court 5X5. Adam Kunkel wears the Gold Jersey as Week 3 Best Practice Player. Colby Jones won in Week#1. Dieonte Miles in Week #2.

The annual Musketeer Madness event is Friday at Cintas. Activities on the plaza start at 5PM. Indoor stuff (scrimmages-3 point contest etc) begin in the arena around 7PM.

The new scoreboard is HUGE. Looks like an alien space craft has attached itself to the ceiling IMHO.

XU travels to Nashville next Saturday Oct. 30th to scrimmage Vanderbilt(SEC). Scotty Pipen Jr is their best player. He's one of the 20 Bob Cousy Award nominees for BEST PG along w/ Paul Scruggs.

Other BIG EAST secret scrimmage news

Villanova got and early start last Sunday playing Rutgers(Big Ten-NCAA last March) at Wells Fargo Arena. Jay Wright noted VU worked on zone defense and their press which he seemed to de-emphasize last season. Nova is looking to amp up their "D" after finishing 9th in BE in several "D" metrics. Seemingly, the more Villanova uses their 2-3rds court soft press the better their half court "D" efficiency like in 2016 and 2018 when they won NCAA Titles. Nova scrimmages Duke this Sunday in DC.

Nuggets from BIG EAST Media Day

Both Paul Scruggs and Zach Freemantle were picked 1st Team BE. They were 2nd Teamers at the end of last season. Muskies come in 3rd in the Coaches' Poll w/ Villanova #1, UConn #2. St Johns was slotted #4.

AP Preseason Top 25 has Gonzaga #1, UCLA#2, Kansas #3 and Villanova #4. UConn is #24. Xavier got votes(#32). Muskies game 3 opponent Ohio State starts at #17. Possible 2nd Round Preseason NIT opponent Memphis is 12th.

Around BIG EAST

EKU transfer BIG Trey King is no longer at Georgetown (a conduct issue??). Hoyas lost 6-10 Quadas Wahab as a transfer to Maryland. Patrick Ewing is scrambling for BIGs.

Congrats to new Xavier Hall of Famers Gary Lumpkin and Justin Cage (two of my favorites). Both were consummate "team" guys-unselfish-played all 94 feet-four year starters and leaders.




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