Losing Streak Snapped by Xavier Resurgence

Sentiment surrounding Xavier basketball was not overly positive over the past week. After dropping two in a row to Providence and Villanova on the road, the Musketeers were weary and needed to find solace at home. Cintas Center was welcoming and Xavier looked the part of a top ten team in the nation. The sell out home crowd was gifted with 24 slump-ending-points from Trevon Bluiett and a 92-70 win.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: St. John's University
  Date: Wednesday, 1/17/2018
  Time: 8:30:00 PM
  TV: CBS Sports Network
  Opponent: Providence College
  Date: Friday, 1/19/2018
  Time: 7:00:00 PM

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

We labeled Xavier's East Coast forays to Providence and Villanova the Road Trips from/to Hell and unfortunately we were right. X absorbed two troubling losses(81-72 at PC-then 89-65 at #1 Villanova). At least the Muskies conquered Winter Storm Grayson(as in Allen? Duke). We are now in Season Five of the New BIG EAST and trips to PC, Villanova and Seton Hall have hit XU like a bomb cyclone(whatever that is?) every year. We always called those snow storms either snow storms or nor'easters when I lived in Albany and Syracuse

Muskies Suffer Tough Loss in Philadelphia
The Xavier Men’s basketball team suffered their second straight loss on Wednesday night as the Number 1 ranked Wildcats of Villanova University defeated the 10th ranked Muskies 89-65 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kerem Kanter led in scoring for the Musketeers as he followed up an XU career best 24 points against Providence with a 16-point performance against the Wildcats. The Musketeers are now 15-3 (3-2 in Big East) while Villanova improves to 15-1 (3-1 in Big East).

Xavier started slowly Saturday at Providence and never recovered losing 81-72 to the Friars at the sold-out Dunkin' Doughnuts Center. It was an ugly road loss in the conference(kinda normal in a very good competitive league which features true home and home round robin scheduling). The game started uncomfortably early(12 noon). The building was chilly(Winter Storm Grayson had just passed through and the AHL Providence Bruins had played Friday night with just a thin layer of insulation covering the ice sheet below the basketball floor). Xavier players took the aptly named warm-up wearing hoodies. The conditions obviously were the same for both teams, but PC coming off back to back BIG EAST defeats played with more urgency and a fully intact line-up after missing top scorer-rebounder Rodney Bullock in their mid-week OT loss to Marquette. Bullock and fellow Senior Jalen Lindsey had recovered from the stomach flu just in time to greet Xavier.

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Lady Muskies Win Big East Opener at Butler
Xavier women's basketball opened BIG EAST action with a 69-62 win over Butler on Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Musketeers moved to 8-4 (1-0 BIG EAST), while the Bulldogs dropped to 8-5 (0-1 BIG EAST). Kindell Fincher scored a season-high 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting. The junior guard added seven rebounds and a team-high three 3-pointers. The Musketeers hit 11 three pointers, their fifth game of the season with 10 or more three pointers. Xavier continues BIG EAST action at Georgetown on Jan. 2. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.

Lady Muskies Move to 3-0
The Lady Musketeers pick up their third straight win over Grambling State and move to 3-0 on the young season. With three scorers in double digits, the offense scored a season-high 72 points. Guards Jada Byrd and Aaliyah Dunham scored a career-high 18 and 11 points respectively, while forward Imani Partlow picked up a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. This is Partlow's third career double-double.

Xavier Moves to 2-0 After Defeating Mt. St. Mary's
In their first-ever meeting, the Lady Musketeers defeated Mt. St. Mary's by a score of 66-45. Following a season-opening overtime victory, Xavier came out and took care of business. Xavier had two players scoring double digits, forward Imani Partlow followed 12 points with 7 boards and guard Aaliyah Dunham with a team-high 16 points. The Musketeers allowed 0 lead changes the entirety of the game.

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