Muskies Plow Past St Johns!! Let's Savor 20 Wins on February 3rd!!!

Infallible Las Vegas installed Xavier as a 24 point favorite over St Johns Wednesday night at Cintas. Seemed plausible!! The Johnnies had lost 12 in a row and languished in the Big East basement at 0-9. New coaches-new players-playing a Top 10 team on the road looked like a recipe for a blow-out. There were warning signs for Xavier though like the closer than the score indicated 74-66 Muskie win over the Red Storm Jan 6th in NYC and SJU's competitive loss to league leader Villanova Sunday at Madison Square Garden.   Continue reading...

Musketeers Grind Out Sweep of St. Johnís

Featuring more of that balance and depth that has taken No. 6 Xavier to new and unforeseen heights this season, the Musketeers fought for a surprisingly difficult 90-83 victory over St. Johnís on Wednesday night. Five Muskies scored in double-figures as Xavier became the first team in Division I to get to 20 wins on the season.

Myles Davis led the way with 16 points and five assistsówith all 16 of his points coming in the second half. Trevon Bluiett recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Uncharacteristically, as of late, Bluiett scored 11 of those points in the first half.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Marquette University
  Date: Saturday, 2/6/2016
  Time: 12:00:00 PM
  TV: FS1
  Opponent: Creighton University
  Date: Sunday, 2/7/2016
  Time: 2:00:00 PM

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Quick Take: No. 6 Xavier 90, St. John's 83
After playing an uneven first half, No. 6 Xavier found their offensive rhythm in a second half that saw them score 52 points and shots 57.1%, fending off the upset-minded Red Storm. Give St. Johnís credit, they hung around the whole game and threatened to have a shot late in the game. Again, though, as has been the storyline all season, Xavierís depth proved to be far too much for their opponent. Thirty-two bench points and a positive rebounding margin of 15 were more than enough for the Musketeers on a somewhat sluggish Wednesday night performance.

Scouting St. Johns-Big East Mid-Year Observations!!
The Muskies roll into the second half of their 18 game Big East schedule with plenty of momentum seemingly. They're won three in a row since that Cintas Center loss to Georgetown(81-72 Jan. 19th) with victories at home vs Seton Hall and away last week vs Providence and DePaul. XU is 19-2 overall-moving up in the National Polls(#6 AP #5 Coaches)-listed in the Top 5 in most iterations of the RPI and they sit 7-2 in the BE Standings-one game back of Villanova(8-1) and one game ahead of Georgetown and Providence(both 6-3). This week is all about defending the home court with Cintas games Wednesday against St Johns(6:30PM-FS1) and Saturday against Marquette(12 noon-FS1).

Muskies Dispose of DePaul!! Two Cintas Games This Week!!
It was a pretty good week for Xavier Basketball!! Two road wins in the Big East(at Providence and at DePaul) to push the Muskies' into solo second place at 7-2 one game behind perennial conference leader Villanova(8-1) is something to celebrate and appreciate. XU posted 3-6 BE road records their first two seasons in the league. This year they're way ahead of the curve at 4-1 away with 4 more chances(at Creighton,at Butler,at Georgetown and at Seton Hall). 7-2 at the halfway mark of the Big East schedule is a major upgrade.Xavier sat 5-4 after 9 league games in seasons one and two on the way to 10-8 and 9-9 regular season BE records. Certainly,expectations are much higher for season three at 19-2 overall,7-2 in the Big East-rated 7th by AP and 8th in the Coaches Poll with an upward bullet and in the Top 5 of most RPI iterations. The proof,of course,is in the consistent winning

Xavier Uses Long Run to Dominate DePaul
The game in Chicago didnít start well for No. 7 Xavier. In fact, it was a lot like the last matchup with DePaul at the Cintas Center. The Blue Demons jumped out to a 9-0 lead and the Musketeers needed nearly five minutes for their first score of the game. The offense remained uneven for quite a while, before a 17-1 run to end the half gave Xavier a lead they wouldnít relinquish. They continued to roll in the second half, leading by as many as 26 before settling for an 86-65 victory.

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X Falls at St. John's
Senior forward Briana Glover became the 24th member of the Xavier 1,000-point club on Sunday afternoon as the Musketeers dropped a 57-41 contest at St. John's. The Mason, Ohio, native finished with a team-high eight points on 3-for-6 shooting. Jada Byrd, Imani Partlow and Martha Thompson each added five points.

Pirates Knock Off Lady Muskies
Xavier women's basketball dropped an 82-66 road contest at Seton Hall on Friday night at Walsh Gymnasium. Turnovers proved costly as the Pirates converted 20 Xavier miscues into 30 points.

Lady Musketeers Knocked Off by No. 25 DePaul
Xavier women's basketball dropped a 70-53 contest to No. 25 DePaul on Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. Both teams entered the game tied for first place in the BIG EAST standings with 5-1 records. Xavier fell to 14-4 (5-2 BIG EAST), while the Blue Demons improved to 14-6 (6-1 BIG EAST).

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