Saturday afternoon's 62-47 Muskie loss to the UC Bearcats in Clifton was ugly and painful, but far from fatal or even a near death experience. All props and credits to UC. They took full advantage of the home court and did it their way and coupled that with the revenge factor from their 89-76 destruction at Cintas last year.The game was a half court rock fight for the full 40 minutes. Cincy controlled tempo with their sticky nasty defense and their low turnover grind you down offense. UC owned the scoreboard winning by 15(62-47) and leading by as many as 22 points. It was no fluke. Look at the numbers. The Bearcats won the rebounding war 36-30. X managed just 7 offensive boards. UC turned it over just 5 times. Xavier coughed it up 12. UC won way over 50% of the so called 50-50 balls. The Muskies got few (it seemed like none) easy baskets (lay-ups-dunks). XU settled for jumpers (5-25 from three with just 26 two point FG tries) while UC played inside-out and got the shots they wanted especially when the closing the game out when Cumberland controlled almost every possession and waited patiently until he got the match-up and angle he wanted.   Continue reading...

Sputtering Offense Holds Xavier Back in Loss to Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats welcomed Xavier to Fifth Third Arena yesterday. The welcome was far from warm as they were eager to avenge their sizable loss in the Crosstown Shootout in Cintas last season. While offense was the headline last season, this Shootout was highlighted by the Bearcats defense and Xavier's poor offensive effort. After the full 40 minutes had passed, Xavier was handed an ugly 62-47 loss with few positives to be taken from the rubble.   Continue reading...

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.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Eastern Kentucky
  Date: Saturday, 12/15/2018
  Time: 8:00:00 PM
  TV: FS1
  Opponent: Cincinnati
  Date: Sunday, 12/16/2018
  Time: 2:00:00 PM

Friday, December 14, 2018

Good news from Cintas Friday afternoon!! PG Quentin Gooden and BIGS Tyrique Jones and Zach Hankins all were dressed and on the floor for practice. It appears all three will be available for Saturday afternoon's Crosstown Shootout in Clifton(2PM_ESPN2). Q returned to the floor Thursday after missing some practice time and Wednesday's Cintas win over Ohio(illness). Hankins played just 11 minutes against the Bobcats then missed yesterday's practice(illness). Jones took a shot to the head late in the 82-61 win over Ohio-watched practice in civies Thursday, but was in full practice gear today. UC's Tre Scott seemingly tweaked an ankle late in the Bearcat's 78-65 Tuesday pounding of NKU at 5th-3rd Arena.

Xavier won its fourth straight game improving to 6-3 besting Ohio U(MAC) 82-61 at Cintas Wednesday night, but it was not routine. PG Quentin Goodin tried to play in the midday shoot around, but was sent home with illness. "Q" started coming down with something last Saturday thus his struggling performance vs Oakland. His status for this Saturday's Crosstown Shootout at UC(2PM-ESPN2) is unknown?? BIG Zach Hankins felt ill also and played just 11 minutes behind Tyrique Jones. Jones was mowed over late vs OU drawing a charge in the lane. He hit his head and is in concussion protocol with his status for the Shootout in question. Not an ideal scenario for Xavier-playing their arch rival in a hostile building potentially without the starting PG and the best inside player.

Kickin it Old School with Andy Mac: BeDFRNT Crosstown Shootout Special w/ Terry Nelson & Andy Mac
The Crosstown Shootout, which is played between Xavier and Cincinnati, has become one of the best rivalries in all of college basketball. Regardless of overall records or perceived talent, this game never disappoints. The energy and passion brought by the players, coaches, and fans is unmatched across any other rivalry in the country. Get up to date with this years key players and game strategy with UC legend Terry Nelson and Xavier historian Andy Mac!

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XU Slips by North Alabama in OT
A'riana Gray and Na'Teshia Owens led the Xavier women's basketball team to a 94-81 overtime win versus North Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Cintas Center. Xavier moved to 6-1 on the year, while North Alabama dropped to 7-1. The two players combined for 44 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals, while going 18-for-30 from the floor.

Lady Musketeers Knock Off Wake Forest on the Road
Freshman Lauren Wasylson was one of three Musketeers in double figures on Wednesday night, scoring 16 points to lead the Xavier women's basketball team to a 62-50 win at Wake Forest. The Musketeers move to 4-1 on the year, while the Demon Deacons fall to 3-2. Sophomore A'riana Gray led the Musketeers in scoring (17) and rebounding (6) on Wednesday night. She was 6-for-17 from the floor and 3-for-8 from behind the arc. She added three steals.

Gray Leads Muskies to Victory over Fairfield
Sophomore forward A'riana Gray scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds - her second double-double of the year - on Saturday afternoon, leading the Xavier women's basketball team to a 48-35 win over Fairfield. The Musketeers moved to 3-1 on the year, while the Stags dropped to 2-1. Xavier returns to action at Wake Forest on Wednesday, Nov. 21. TIp-off is slated for 7 p.m. from Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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