Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Muskies Suck the Marrow out of Season 93!!
Coach Chris Mack made it a theme all year. This was the 93rd season of Xavier basketball and the one and only season for Team 93. This specific group of players and coaches would be together only once from July (the trip to Brazil) until sometime in March. The schedule was their canvas. Their time together was finite. The results were dependent on their efforts and growth and their mutual trust. Team 93 worked hard-learned-adapted-prospered and ultimately went down swinging to Arizona in the NCAA Sweet 16. I remember Chris talking with the team after practice following a subpar road loss at DePaul in early January prior to a Cintas Center showdown with Top 25 rated Seton Hall. The Pirates had just beaten #15 St Johns and #8 Villanova. Georgetown,Providence and Butler from the Big East were all ranked at the time and Xavier wasn't even garnering any votes in AP or USA Today/CNN. Mack challenged his guys. "Look around! I know we are a Top 25 team. Let's prove it." And they did-when it really counted-down the stretch-in February and March in the Big East Tournament and in the NCAA's.

Random Thoughts Prior to Xavier-Arizona!!
The Muskies are a consensus 11 point underdog vs Arizona Thursday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Ken Pomeroy gives XU a 16% chance of winning. ESPN's BPI pegs the upset chance at 15%. Of the eight Sweet 16 NCAA games, only West Virginia is a larger "dog" with Kentucky picked by 13 and a half. Sean Miller's Wildcats haven't exactly been lights out in LA over the years. Between regular season PAC games against UCLA and USC and PAC Tournament games at Staples Cente (before the move to Las Vegas) and NCAA games in Anaheim, Zona under Sean is 12-10 in SoCal.

Muskies Solve Georgia State!! Arizona Next in Sweet 16 at LA!!!
The National Media is upset!! Xavier took out Cinderella dujour Georgia State Saturday evening 75-67 in the NCAA's at Jacksonville. Seth Davis (CBS) picked the Sun Belt Panthers over the Muskies while cradling their logo in the studio. We all appreciated the Hunter's father-son story and respected their upset of Baylor in the Round of 64. The Baylor Bears had been to three straight Sweet 16's under Scott Drew. They'd ended XU's season in 2012. GSU gave X a game for about 25 minutes forcing the Muskies into a bunch of turnovers and playing that basket trading game. It was tied at 38 when Xavier embarked on a separating 7-0 run. Senior PG Dee Davis was the catalyst. He banked in a circus scoop lay-up-then dished to Myles Davis for a wide open corner three-then found Jalen Reynolds on the low block with a nifty bounce pass for an emphatic slam duck. 45-38 XU with 12:48 to play!! Ga. State hung around though. Trevon Bluiett buried a wing three from Remy Abell with 9:18 left to give X a 9 point advantage at 51-42. It was Tre's only basket of the day, but it was huge coming near the end of a patient possession. Bluiett tip toed through foull trouble the entire day and was limited to 14 minutes, but much like the Crosstown Shootout when he canned the winning FTs against the Borecats, Trevon stepped up when it was winning time.

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X Knocke Off William & Mary in WBi
Jenna Crittendon capped a 17-5 Xavier run in the closing minutes of Thursday night's Women's Basketball Invitational game with a layup with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Musketeers a 57-56 win over William & Mary. XU moved to 18-14 on the year and 12-5 when playing at Cintas Center.

Lady Muskies Finish BIG EAST Slate with "W"
Raeshaun Gaffney and Aliyah Zantt combined for 55 points to lead the Xavier women's basketball team over St. John's, 74-61, on Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. The game served as Senior Day for the Musketeers lone senior, Maleeka Kynard.

XU Women Win in Dramatic Fashion at Buzzer
A layup by senior guard Maleeka Kynard with 1.7 seconds left in regulation gave the Xavier women's basketball team a 66-65 win over Creighton on Friday night at Cintas Center.

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