Scouting Creighton: Omaha on Senior Day is No Picnic!!

Xavier closes out the Big East regular season schedule Saturday afternoon on the road against the Creighton Blue Jays at Century Link Center in Omaha,Nebraska (2PM-Fox Sports Ohio). The Muskies kinda need to win this one to calm my NCAA Tournament angst. I'd like to believe Ken Pom's lofty 26 rank for XU. ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has X safely in the Field of 68. Most "experts???" are bullish on the Muskies' NCAA prospects. The 45 RPI is a bit soft, but I like the 15 Strength of Schedule, the BE's #2 Conference status, 4-4 record vs the RPI Top 25, 4-2 record vs Georgetown, Providence and Butler and 10-3 non-conference record vs the 21st toughest non-conf slate. I was feeling positive after the Crosstown Shootout and the Butler victory. The one point loss to streaking St Johns at MSG and the late meltdown loss to Big East and now 4th rated Villanova at Cintas have made me queasy again.   Continue reading...

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.   Continue reading...

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MEN'S BASKETBALL
  Opponent: Creighton
  Date: Saturday, 3/7/2015
  Time: 2:00:00 PM
  TV: FOX Sports Network (Fox Sports Ohio)
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
  Opponent: BIG EAST Tournament: Georgetown
  Date: Saturday, 3/7/2015
  Time: 5:30:00 PM
  TV: BIG EAST Digital Network

Friday, March 06, 2015

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Muskies Can't Match Villanova for Full Forty!! Creighton's a Life Preserver!!
All the ingredients were assembled for a massive Xavier upset of Big East leader and 6th rated Villanova Saturday afternoon at Cintas. The sell-out crowd was revved!! Many students postponed exotic Spring Break trips to populate the Student Section. Two impact Seniors Dee Davis and Matt Stainbrook were honored. XU needed the win mightily to preserve their NCAA at large sanity. And the first half unfolded nicely for the Muskies!! Xavier came out focused and firing on all cylinders. The shots were falling (59%FG). The offense was flowing (12 assists on 16 made FGs). The packline defense limited VU's top three scoers (Darrun Hilliard, Ryan Arcidiacono and JayVaughn Pinkston) to 7 points total. XU led almost wire-to-wire and closed the first half impressively (led 32-30 with 2:47 left-made it to the half ahead 40-33). The Muskies won the rebound numbers 19-14 and out did Villanova in their core category-three pointers-7 makes to 6.

Muskies Go Cold, Fall on Senior Day to Villanova
Xavier roared to a 40-33 halftime lead over No. 6 Villanova, thanks in part to hitting seven of 13 threes in the first half. But in the second half, it was the Wildcats who posted that number, rallying past the Musketeers for a 78-66 victory at the Cintas Center, and Villanova's second consecutive regular Big East title. Jalen Reynolds led the Musketeers (18-12, 8-9) with 16 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes, going a perfect 6-6 from the floor. He and Matt Stainbrook (eight points, seven rebounds and two assists) were perfect from the floor, but the Muskies couldn't match the athleticism and shooting of the Wildcats (27-2, 14-2). Villanova came in with the same gameplan as they used in the first game, where they boatraced past Xavier early and held on to an 88-75 victory. The Wildcats spread the floor, made shots, and attacked with consistency. They shot 13-29 (44.8%) from three for the game.

Scouting Villanova!! Wildcats Pursue #1 NCAA Seed!!
It's Xavier against Villanova this Saturday afternoon at Cintas (2PM-Fox-Channel 19 locally in Cincinnati). The Muskies are coming off a super concentrated scheduling stretch (3 games in 6 days-4 games in 9). The coaches have opted for rest coming off Monday nite's 58-57 loss to St Johns at Madison Square Garden. Fatigue showed through against the Johnnies (20 turnovers-critical missed FTs-struggling performances from the Davis's-Myles and Dee). XU took Tuesday off. Wednesday it was weight lifting, rehab and some individual shooting. Villanova prep begins in earnest Thursday.

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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.

X Women Win BIG EAST Opener on the Road
Sophomore guard Raeshaun Gaffney scored a game-high 23 points as Xavier women’s basketball defeated Marquette, 74-71, on Tuesday night at the Al McGuire Center. XU posted a .549 field-goal percentage in the win, the third time this season the Musketeers have hit over 50 percent from the floor.

Lady Hoopsters Fall to Kennesaw State
Deandrea Sawyers hit a three pointer from the left wing with 1.7 seconds remaining in regulation to spoil the Musketeers second-half comeback and give Kennesaw State a 61-60 win on Monday afternoon.

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