I've referred to Xavier's game scheduled immediately after Fall Semester Exams as "a box of chocolates" stealing that line from Forrest Gump. Right after test week you never know what you're going to get. Practice time is somewhat limited. Test stress is a reality. Things are just different. Since I've been around XU basketball(1983 to the present), the Muskies have won about 75% of their games. Seam Miller became Xavier head coach for thee 2004-2005 season. He was 0-5 in the post exam scheduling slot. Chris Mack righted the post exam ship somewhat at 5-4. Travis Steele is 1-0 w/ a win over Eastern Kentucky last December. Saturday afternoon X tries again to pick out a winning piece of candy playing at Wake Forest(4PM EST-ACC Network). Strange stuff has happened in the past. Hopefully, the Muskies' trip to Tobacco Road and Winston Salem will go smoothly.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Wake Forest
  Date: Saturday, 12/14/2019
  Time: 12:00:00 AM
  Opponent: Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout: Cincinnati
  Date: Saturday, 12/14/2019
  Time: 2:00:00 PM

Friday, December 13, 2019

Seemingly, XU-UC has evolved-devolved-morphed into a series dominated by the home team. X won handily at Cintas Saturday making it 5 straight Shootouts where the home team has taken the trophy. The last road team upset 2015 in Clifton. The Muskies rallied twice in the final minute of regulation to win 59-57 in the legendary Dee Davis Game. Xavier's Senior PG scored 16 w/ 5 made "3s"-8 assists and no turnovers. Xavier will try to reverse the back and forth trend next December at 5th-3rd Arena. ANDY MAC HITS on 2 of 3 SHOOTOUT PREDICTIONS: My score guess was almost dead on(73-67 Xavier) while reality was 73-66. Close only counts in horse shoes-hand grenades and college basketball predictions.

X Reigns Victorious in Crosstown Shootout
Naji Marshall led all scorers with a career-high 31 points as the Xavier Musketeers secured the crown as king of the Queen City for another year as X knocked off the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats, 73-66, on Saturday evening before a standing room only crowd of 10,811 fans at Cintas Center. The win marks Xavier's fifth in the last seven games over the Bearcats in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout including eight straight Musketeer wins at Cintas. Marshall was clearly the best player on the court, taking over the game at times. Marshall's 31 points was the most by an XU players since Trevon Bluiett lit up UC for 40 three seasons ago.

The last four Xavier-UC games have been dominated by the home team. 2016 at Cintas XU 65-55. 2017 in Clifton UC 86-78 despite Trevon Bluiett's amazing 40 point effort. 2018 on Victory Parkway 89-76 Muskies w/ J.P. outfoxing Mick. 2019 at Fifth Third the Bearcats skunking XU, 62-47. The most recent Shootout road team upset 2015 when Dee Davis shocked the Bearcats w/ 5 made "3s" 16 points and 8 assists and X rallied twice in the last minute to win 59-57. Are we due for a close Shootout and maybe a Cincy road upset? Maybe especially if Xavier plays as inconsistently as we've seen over the last 3 games (Florida-Lipscomb and Wednesday vs Wisconsin Green Bay.

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Lady Musketeers Drop Fourth Straight, Losing to Wright State
Xavier women's basketball hit a season-high 12 three pointers in Saturday's 86-74 loss to Wright State at Cintas Center. The Musketeers dropped to 1-4 on the year, while the Raiders improved to 2-1. Xavier hit a season-high 12 three pointers with four Musketeers connecting on at least one three pointer. The Musketeers also scored a season-high 74 points and dished out a season-high 16 assists. Sophomore Carrie Gross scored a career-high 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting while Freshman Morgan Sharps scored a season-high 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Finally, Sophomore Lauren Wasylson scored a season-high 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting.

XU Women Fall to Ball State
Xavier women's basketball ended its three-game road swing with a 70-49 loss at Ball State on Wednesday afternoon. The Musketeers moved to 1-3 on the year, while Ball State improved to 2-2. Junior Aaliyah Dunham led the Musketeers in scoring with 10 points. Ashley Gomez and Lauren Wasylson both added seven points. Deja Ross led the team on the glass with nine rebounds.

XU Women Lose First Game of Season at Temple
Carrie Gross and A'riana Gray combined for 34 points and 16 rebounds on Thursday night as Xavier women's basketball dropped a 78-65 road game at Temple. Xavier moved to 1-1 on the year, while the Owls improved to 3-1.

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