Andy Mac: Xavier TEAM 100 Update - Gavitt Games
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Xavier TEAM 100 Update-Tuesday Nov. 16th-2-0 Muskies continue prep for 3-0 #19 (AP) Ohio State coming up Thursday at Cintas (6:30 PM Tip-FS1). PG Paul Scruggs makes Week #1 BIG EAST Honor Roll(XU's leading scorer in both Niagara and Kent St wins-17 and 23 points(averaging 20PPG- 6 rebounds-4.5 assists-3 steals and 1.5 blocks). Basically stuffing the stat sheet!! BIG EAST Player of Week-DePaul Sr. G Javon Freeman-Liberty(23.5PPG in wins over Coppin St and Central Michigan(future XU opponent-Dec 1 at Cintas. BE Frosh of Week Creighton G Ryan Newbhard (13PPG 6 assists in wins over Arkansas Pine Bluff and Kennesaw St.
Week 2 AP Top 25 finds Villanova down 1 spot to 5th after OT loss at #2 UCLA. UConn is up 1 line to 23rd w/ 2-0 start. Xavier gets votes in AP. BIG EAST is a composite 22-2 with Monday(Gavitt Games) "Ws"-Marquette upset #10 Illinois 67-66 in Milwaukee and Providence smoked Wisconsin 63-58 in Madison. BIG EAST is rated #4 Conference by KenPom ahead of ACC and Pac12-behind Big 10, Big 12 and SEC.
Last night-Ohio State destroyed Bowling Green(MAC) 89-58 in Columbus. Buckeyes shredded BG zone(12 made 3 pointers) and scored at will inside-crushing Falcons on the glass and forcing 18 turnovers. OSU played 10 guys more then 10 minutes each(deep). They all hit the score sheet.
6-7 Sr. Forward Justice Sueing DNP(nagging groin strain). Expect to see him at Cintas. We will post a full Ohio Sate Scout after Travis Steele's presser Wednesday. Buckeyes #19 AP-#15 KenPom. SR Forward E.J. Liddell is rated Nation's #1 player by KenPom w/ GREAT numbers across the stat sheet(69%FG from "2"-39%FG from "3"-draws fouls a ton-Top 100 nationally in offensive rebound assist and blocked shot %).
Excellent Opening Night for BIG EAST vs Big Ten(8 games total thru Thursday).
Marquette used modified Shaka Smart(new coach) Havoc style-forcing 26 turnovers-upsetting #10 Illinois 67-66 at Fiserv Forum. MU trailed by 12 w/ 10 to play. Maryland transfer Darryl Morsell(Sr G) led the way w/ career high 21 points George Mason transfer Tyler Kolek scored winning bucket after a steal at mid-court and a speed lay-up.
Providence led almost all the way winning 63-58 over Wisconsin at Kohl Center in Madison. PC BIG Nate Watson 1st Team BIG EAST-proved unstoppable(24 points on 11-15 FG). 5-10 Friar PG Jared Bynum controlled the pace(7 assists-8 rebounds). Indiana transfer Al Durham chipped in 13 points in 36 minutes. PC won the board battle handily and held Badgers to 33% shooting w/ constantly switching defenses.
BIG EAST 2-0 vs Big Ten w/ 6 to play. Tonight-Creighton at Nebraska in the renewal of their backyard rumble(7 PM EST-FS1). Former Muskie C. J. Wilcher is playing for Cornhuskers. Game#2 Seton Hall at AP #4 Michigan(9PM-FS1).