XAVIER TEAM 97 UPDATE - 10-16-2018

Travis Steele ascended to the Muskie head coaching job just over six months ago. He set three priorities from Day1 - his current players and TEAM97, his staff, and recruiting. So far so good!! Travis grabbed three quality grad transfers quickly in the volatile fast moving 5th year player market. All three fit into the rotation and fill roster holes. He lost only one player with eligibility. Kaiser Gates decided to go PRO. He was just cut by the NBA Chicago Bulls. Steele kept key basketball staffers Mario Mercurio, Jeremy Growe, Dave Fulker, Matt Jennings and Chris Barbour. They do the detail work so he can concentrate on those three themes.
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Musketeer Club:Larkin/Andy Mac 2018-19 Season Preview Event

The Musketeer Club’s favorite Hall of Fame Analysts, Byron Larkin and Andy MacWilliams are back to deliver their preseason thoughts on the 2018-19 Men’s Basketball season.
The event is set for Monday, November 5 at Delicio Coal Fired Pizza on the edge of Xavier's campus. Delicio has agreed to open exclusively for this pre-season tradition. Be sure to get your reservation in soon as seats are extremely limited!   Continue reading...

Kickin it Old School with Andy Mac: Andy's thoughts of team 97 after visiting practice

In just under 30 days, the Xavier Musketeers will be playing a regular season game on their home court. Excitement is building, and the musky faithful are ready to get behind Coach Steele and his new look muskies. After visiting a closed practice last week, Andy Mac joins the BeDFRNT podcast to discuss all the new additions.
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2018-19 Musketeer Madness Presented by Wing Eyecare: Friday, October 19

Xavier Athletics' annual Musketeer Madness event, presented by Wing Eyecare, is set for Friday, October 19 at Cintas Center. The event is a chance for fans to get a first-look at the men's and women's basketball teams as the Musketeers gear up for the 2018-19 hoops season. The event is FREE to the public and features a Fan Fest on the plaza in front of Cintas Center, starting at 5:30 p.m.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Kentucky Wesleyan College (Exhibition)
  Date: Thursday, 11/1/2018
  Time: 7:00:00 PM
  Opponent: Chicago State
  Date: Wednesday, 11/7/2018
  Time: 7:00:00 PM

Friday, October 19, 2018

Quick Mid-Summer Muskie Update!!
This is the earliest I've ever written re a new Xavier basketball season. That might indicate my excitement about the potential of the Travis Steele Era. Joe Sunderman, Byron Larkin, Mike Sussli (former Xavier assistant-longtime Moeller assistant) watched TEAM 97 practice for an hour on the Cintas floor a week ago Monday. Ferris State transfer Zach Hankins is the real deal. He runs well-blocks shots-finishes around the rim and reminds me of Kevin Carr-a Skip Prosser recruit from the mid-1990's who outplayed Marcus Camby(UMass-Final 4-John Calipari) in an epic Cincinnati Gardens OT loss(78-74) Feb 4,1996.

Kickin it Old School with Andy Mac: Mid-Summer Update - Team 97
Andy Mac is back in studio with BeDFRNT. This offseason has been one of many changes for the Xavier Musketeers basketball program. Andy breaks down the roster and coaching changes in this weeks interview.

BeDFRNT Podcast: Unplugged Interview: Jeff Goodman, ESPN
Jeff Goodman of ESPN joins the BeDFRNT podcast to discuss the NBA Playoffs with a focus on the rise of Brad Stevens and the Celtics. In addition to NBA, Jeff offers insight on the upcoming NBA Draft and debates with Brad about Mothers Day gift ideas.

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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 Äijänen 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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