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MEN'S BASKETBALL
  Opponent: Seton Hall University
  Date: Wednesday, 2/20/2019
  Time: 7:00:00 PM
  TV: CBSSN
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
  Opponent: DePaul
  Date: Friday, 2/22/2019
  Time: 8:00:00 PM

Monday, February 18, 2019


MUSKIES FIND DEFENSE AND CLOSER VS CREIGHTON!! SCOUTING PC!!
Xavier checked some important boxes in Wednesday's late night 64-61 overtime win over Creighton at Cintas. The Muskies ended the 6 game losing streak. X delivered hustling consistent defense and Naji Marshall stepped up as the "GO TO" closer late in regulation and in the overtime. The record looks better(12-13 overall-10-4 at Cintas-4-8 in the BIG EAST-tied for 8th with Creighton and Providence-just 2 games out of 3rd(St Johns and Seton Hall tied at 6-6). XU is in position to get back over .500 and maybe do some BIG EAST damage now if they can string together some wins and solve their road problems(1-6 away overall-1-4 in the league). We know about the Muskies' short comings(turnovers, lack of depth and inconsistent 3 point shooting). TEAM 97 is what it is in those areas although they've taken care of the ball well at times and go through good streaks from outside the arc. Depth can only be solved by an influx of talent which means waiting for TEAM 98 to assemble in late July prior to their European tour. Sticky defense is the ticket for TEAM 97. It travels well and does not depend on shooting luck or momentum.

SCOUTING CREIGHTON!! WHO ARE THE BLUE JAYS??
76-54 by Creighton. No excuses!! But the travel was horrific. The Muskies spent 12 hours in transit due to Nebraska fog for a junket that usually takes 2 and a half hours from wheels up in Cincy to the lobby of downtown Omaha Hilton right across from the Arena. The game tipped at noon Central time. That meant a 7AM wake-up to wedge in a Shoot Around and digest breakfast.

THOUGHTS ON THE MUSKIES STATUS!!
Certainly-not good by Xavier standards in the short term working on a 6 game losing streak after Saturday night's late game meltdown 74-62 loss to DePaul at Cintas. 3-8 in the BIG EAST places XU 10th in a 10 team league. 8 of the 10 BE teams have below .500 records. Everybody has now played 11 games. Over the final 7 left maybe solid 3rd and 4th place teams will emerge behind front runners Villanova(10-1) and Marquette(9-2). Both those teams barring total collapse appear NCAA locks. Marquette ranked #12 on the NCAA's preliminary Top 16 Tournament seed list released Saturday. Most experts were shocked that Villanova was not included in that Sweet 16. IMHO 4 NCAA bids will go to BIG EAST teams.

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Lady Muskies Dropped by Friars in the Ocean State
Xavier women's basketball dropped a 71-58 BIG EAST matchup at Providence on Sunday afternoon. The Musketeers moved to 10-8 (1-6 BIG EAST), while the Friars improved to 12-8 (4-4 BIG EAST). A'riana Gray led the Musketeers in scoring with nine points on 3-for-6 shooting, while Princess Stewart added six points. Aaliyah Dunham and Tierra Floyd both chipped in five points.

Lady Muskies Close Out Non-Conference Victorious Over New Orleans
Deja Ross and Lauren Wasylson combined for 26 points on Saturday afternoon, leading the Musketeers to a 61-45 win over New Orleans at Cintas Center. Xavier closed non-conference play with a 9-2 record, while the Privateers dropped to 4-5 overall. Xavier opens BIG EAST action at Georgetown on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m. The Musketeers conclude the road swing at Villanova on Monday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.

X Knocks Off Deleware St
Freshman Carrie Gross scored a season-high 12 points on Sunday afternoon as Xavier topped Delaware State, 80-59, on Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. The Musketeers moved to 7-1 on the year, while the Hornets moved to 2-5. Xavier returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Cincinnati in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Fifth Third Arena.

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