Scouting San Diego!! The Toreros Have Great Guards!!

Ok!! So far so good for the Muskies!! Xavier ripped through the season opening four game Cintas home stand at 4-0-averaging 90PPG(currently 11th among 351 NCAA D-1 teams)-winning by an average of 25PPG-shooting a gaudy .556 from the floor(6th nationally) while integrating 7 new players into the rotation.

The opposition was not blockbuster,but it wasn't the Little Sisters of the Poor like the Bore-cats(St Francis-PA,Eastern Illinois??) And the Muskies are fun to watch not akin to a trip to the orthodontis!! Pushing the ball on the fastbreak!! Pumping in three pointers!! Sharing the rock and spreading around the scoring and the glory!! I like their style and substance!!   Continue reading...

Musketeers Surge to 4-0 Start, Head to Anaheim

After getting out-rebounded a game ago against undersized Stephen F. Austin, Xavier bounced back by dominating Murray State down low. The Musketeers (4-0) got off to a quick start and never let up, burying the Racers (2-2) 89-62.

The Muskies ripped down 56 rebounds, with 27 of them coming on the offensive end. They held the Racers to just 23 boards, and only seven in the first half. The dominance by the big men also came across on the offensive end, with Xavier outscoring Murray State 56-32 in the paint.   Continue reading...

Muskies Mash Murray!! Head West to Orange County!!

Coach Chris Mack was not too pleased with his Muskies' rebounding and hustle in last Friday's 81-63 Cintas win over Stephen F. Austin. The message was received loud and clear by the players! They listened, recalibrated and executed, blasting a very good OVC team, Murray State, 89-62 Monday evening at home.

XU annihilated Murray on the glass (56-23 overall, 27 to 9 in offensive rebounds). Big Men James Farr (10-14) and Jalen Reynolds (12-11) both recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds. Matt Stainbrook just failed to make it a hat trick with 19 points and 8 boards. Farr and Reynolds played like they were shot out of a cannon (high energy, ripping the ball off the rim). Stain did his crafty lefthanded thing down low converting 8 of 10 field goal tries.   Continue reading...

  NEXT UP FOR XAVIER...
MEN'S BASKETBALL
  Opponent: Wooden Legacy - San Diego
  Date: Thursday, 11/27/2014
  Time: 4:30:00 PM
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
  Opponent: Presbyterian
  Date: Wednesday, 11/26/2014
  Time: 7:00:00 PM

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Quick Take: Xavier 89, Murray State 62
Xavier came roaring out of the gates on Monday night and never looked back as they romped Murray State 89-62. The Musketeers (4-0) dominated the Racers (2-2) in almost every facet of the game. I honestly thought this game would be close, or the Racers would at least challenge and hang with the Muskies for awhile. They run a more traditional offense and have more traditional big men than Xavier has faced so far this season. That did not make a difference.

Preview: Xavier Looks for Perfect Home Stand
Fresh off an 81-63 victory over Stephen F. Austin, the Musketeers look to close out their opening four game home stand undefeated. In a quick turnaround, Xavier (3-0) will take on Murray State (2-1) on Monday night at the Cintas Center. This is Xavier's last home game before hitting the road to Anaheim for their annual tournament trip over Thanksgiving. The Racers should provide another interesting challenge for the young Muskies, competing with them as the Lumberjacks did.

Scouting Murray State!! Better Players-Better Pedigree!!
There's been a logical order to Xavier's early scheduling. (Nice work - Mario Mercurio!!!) Each team - from Northern Arizona to Long Beach to Stephen F. Austin - has played a different style and the caliber of competition has ratcheted upward with each game. Wait a minute!! Long Beach is pretty darn good! LBSU played a rare non-conference home game Friday night and beat a better than middle of the road Kansas State team (Big 12), 69-60. XU may not be done with Long Beach. The 49ers are in the field this week for the Wooden Legacy Tourney in Anaheim. They are on the other side of the bracket from Xavier, but stranger things have happened. X vs LBSU in Sunday's Championship game at the Honda Center? Don't rule that out? We're getting ahead of ourselves here!!

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Lady Muskies Open Season on Winning Side
The Xavier women's basketball team opened its season with a convincing 75-51 win over the Wofford Terriers on Saturday at Cintas Center. Four Musketeers scored in double figures and the Musketeers grabbed 18 steals to maintain a sizable lead throughout the game.

X Women Dropped by Georgetown in BIG EAST Tournament
The ninth-seeded Xavier women's basketball team had a rough shooting night (13-of-48; 27.1 percent) and fell to No. 8 Georgetown, 56-37, in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Saturday night.

X Women Lose Regular Season Finale
Senior Ashley Wanninger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) finished with 12 points and six rebounds as the Xavier women’s basketball team fought hard to climb back into the contest but fell to Seton Hall, 62-50, in the BIG EAST Conference regular season finale at Walsh Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

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