No. 9 Seed Florida State Ends the Musketeers' Magical Season

The hopes and dreams of a Final Four and potential NCAA championship run were abruptly shattered for the No. 1 seed Xavier Musketeers on Sunday night against Florida St. After controlling the majority of the game, XU relinquished a 12-point second half lead to fall to No. 9 seed Florida St., 75-70. After being knocked out by X in the Round of 32 in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles exacted revenge against the X-Men in this year's tournament to advance to the Sweet 16 to take on No. 4 Gonzaga. Xavier senior J.P. Macura laid it all on the line in the final game of his fine career for the Muskies, scoring a game-high 17 points before fouling out with just minutes remaining. Karem Kanter, whose career also comes to a close as a Muskie, finished with 15 and Paul Scruggs recorded 11. Xavier closes out the season with a 29-6 record, which is one win short of the most in a season by a XU team.   Continue reading...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Muskies survived a weird choppy way too lengthy NCAA First Round game against feisty maverick Texas Southern winning in a walk 102-83. The game was poorly officiated with 59 FTs shot. The stat crew kept giving Xavierís #3 Quentin Gooden fouls committed by TSUís #2 Tre Jefferson. XU SID Tom Eiser runs his own scorerís book each game. After long discussions,the error was corrected. TSUís Jefferson was a total loose cannon(F1 foul plus a technical). He should have been ejected. TSU with their band of transfers played a nasty style of basketball. Xavier won and moved on with minimal damage except for Frosh Naji Marshall aggrevating back spasms which forced him to miss the Marshall game in late December. Hopefully,Naji can contribute Sunday evening against FSU.

No. 1 Seed Xavier Crushes Texas Southern in NCAA Tournament
Xavier seniors led the charge as the No. 1 seed Musketeers knocked off No. 16 seed Texas Southern, 102-83, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. J.P. Macura exploded for a career-high and game high 29 points including 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc. Trevon Bluiett added 26 and Karem Kanter went for 24 points to round out the scoring leaders for Xavier. XU's game total of 102 marks the most points scored by the Musketeers in the history of their NCAA Tournament appearances; additionally, no other team has broken the 100 point threshold in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. With the win, Xavier improves its record to 29-5 overall and moves on to face No. 9 seed Florida State in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 18 at 8:40 p.m. The game will be broadcast on TNT.

The National media keeps harping on Texas Southern's 0-13 start to the season. The Tigers are now the first sub .500 team(16-19) to win an NCAA D-1 Tournament game. They clobbered North Carolina Central 64-46 in a First Four play-in game at UD Arena Wednesday evening. TSU(#16 Seed) plays #1 Seed Xavier Friday night in Nashville(7:15PM-EDT on TBS). KenPom picks XU 93-73 and gives Texas Southern a 3% chance of winning. Las Vegas favors the Muskies by 21 points.

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Xavier Women Knock Off Butler on Senior Day
Xavier women's basketball picked up a 57-54 win over Butler on Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. The contest served as 'Senior Day' for Anniina ńijšnen and Jada Byrd. The Musketeers ended regular-season play with a 10-19 (3-15 BIG EAST) record, while the Bulldogs moved to 14-16 (6-12 BIG EAST). Xavier swept the season series with Butler. Xavier opens BIG EAST Tournament action on Saturday, March 3 against No. 7 seed Seton Hall. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET from Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill.

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.

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