Muskies Scrape by NKU!! Orlando Tournament Field is LOADED!!!

Xavier extended its record to 4-0 Monday Nite at Cintas disposing of the NKU Norse 78-66 and nobody was satisfied. Coach Mack ripped his team and himself labeling the performance "unacceptable" and lauding NKU for being better prepared, more energetic and giving greater effort.Chris was so upset he cut his press conference off abruptly and let assistant coach Mike Pegues do his radio show. Junior leader Myles Davis said the team was not "ready to play" and "won on shear talent" versus the Norse. Human nature is what it is. XU broke into the AP Top 25 Monday at #23 in the wake of Friday Night's dominating 86-70 stomping of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Maybe some of the Muskies stopped to smell the roses and rest on a few laurels??   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Advocare International Tournament: University of Alabama
  Date: Thursday, 11/26/2015
  Time: 12:00:00 PM
  Score: Win, 64-45
  Opponent: Binghamton University
  Date: Saturday, 11/28/2015
  Time: 2:00:00 PM

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Musketeers Survive Sloppy Play Against Norse
The Musketeers turned in a sloppy performance against the Northern Kentucky Norse on Monday night at the Cintas Center, but still managed to survive for the 78-66 victory. Trevon Bluiett recorded his second career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, the most by a Xavier player since Justin Martin recorded 16 against Creighton in 2014. Ranked (No. 23) for the first time in the Associated Press Poll for the first time since 2011, the Muskies struggled on defense in the first half, and then couldn’t sustain any offense in the second half.

Scouting NKU!! Norse Ascending!!
Chris Mack is doing his part to perpetuate the Mythical Miami Valley Conference. Xavier has already hosted and beaten the Miami Redhawks. The Muskies could play the Dayton Flyers Sunday in Orlando in the Advocare Tournament Third Round. Wright State is coming into Cintas on Tuesday December 8th. There's the Crosstown Shootout against ther UC Borecats at Cintas Saturday December 12th and tomorrow night it's Northern Kentucky University at Cintas!! Please note the 8:45 projected Tip Time for Fox Sports 1.

Muskies Pulverize Michigan!! Help Big East Split Gavitt Games with Big Ten(4-4)!!
First road games in high level College Basketball can be a crap shoot! Xavier (3-0) rolled a "seven" Friday night pounding #24 Michigan convincingly 86-70 in their home crib at Crisler Arena. XU started quickly with a 7-0 spurt, focusing on getting post Jalen Reynolds involved. First possession - X got it to Jalen at the high post. Michigan played behind him. Reynolds exploded to the bucket for an easy two. Xavier was the quicker - tougher - more competitive team all night long - leading for 33 minutes - winning the bulk of the 50-50 ball battles - outrebounding the Wolverines overall 47-29 and crushing them in the ultimate effort and hustle stat category (offensive rebounding) 18-7.

Musketeers Dominate Interior, Take Down Wolverines
For all the dynamic weapons that the Musketeers feature on the outside, it’s easy to forget that Xavier has two excellent post players in Jalen Reynolds and James Farr. The former is as explosive and dominant a big man as there is in the Big East, and perhaps the country. The latter is underappreciated—a workhorse on the block who controls the offensive and defensive glass and has turned himself into a serviceable offensive player. Through their first two games, Xavier saw each of them dominate on different nights. On Friday night in Ann Arbor, the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines got a look at what can happen when both of them are effective in the same game. The Musketeers rolled into the Crisler Center and whipped Michigan 86-70.

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XU Women Dropped by Michigan
Xavier women's basketball dropped its first game of the 2015-16 at Michigan on Thursday night as the Wolverines topped the Musketeers, 92-54, at the Crisler Center. The Musketeers moved to 1-1 on the year.

Muskie Women Win Season Opener and Lauren Hill Classic
Raeshaun Gaffney scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Xavier women's basketball team to a 65-57 win over Evansville on Saturday afternoon at Cintas Center. The contest was the first game of the first annual Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic.

X Knocke Off William & Mary in WBi
Jenna Crittendon capped a 17-5 Xavier run in the closing minutes of Thursday night's Women's Basketball Invitational game with a layup with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Musketeers a 57-56 win over William & Mary. XU moved to 18-14 on the year and 12-5 when playing at Cintas Center.

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