The Muskies faired well at BIG EAST Media Day last week. Naji Marshall advanced to unanimous First Team All Conference( a logical progression from end of season Second Team last March). Paul Scruggs was tabbed Honorable Mention after making BIG EAST All Tournament(dropping 28 points on Villanova in that oh-so-close Semi-Final MSG loss to the Wildcats). TEAM 98 came in 3rd in the Coaches' Poll(not totally under the radar). Seton Hall is #1 uspurping Villanova's 5 year run at the top.   Continue reading...

Musketeer Club: Larkin/Andy Mac 2019-20 Season Preview Event

The Musketeer Clubís favorite Hall of Fame Analysts, Byron Larkin and Andy MacWilliams are back to deliver their preseason thoughts on the 2019-20 Menís Basketball season and the CORE FOUR (Gooden, Jones, Scruggs, Marshall) and more (2nd best recruiting class in the Big East + 2 transfers). The event is set for Thursday, October 24 at Hofbrauhaus in Newport, Kentucky. The event will be held in a private party room in the Hofbrauhaus for this pre-season tradition. Be sure to get your reservation in soon as seats are extremely limited! UPDATE: THE EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.   Continue reading...

  Opponent: Indianapolis (Exhibition)
  Date: Wednesday, 10/30/2019
  Time: 7:00:00 PM
  Opponent: Utah
  Date: Thursday, 11/7/2019
  Time: 7:00:00 PM

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Travis Steele has packed seven intense upbeat workouts into the first 9 days of training camp. The fellas capped off this first segment with a 6AM practice Wednesday. After classes, XU begins a four day Fall Break. The Spain trip and the 10 practices prior have jump started 2019-2020 season preparations. The 7 newbies(2 grad transfers and 5 frosh) knew the drills-the demands-each other and the coaches when things began a week ago Tuesday. Teaching is always happening, but drills have been very efficient. 400 to 500 Muskie fans showed up for last Saturday afternoon's bonus open practice at Cintas. They saw a typical day on court starting w/ full court conditioning (solo-2 on 0, 3 0n 0, 4 0n 0 and 5 on 0). Guards and wings then split from BIGS and do half court shooting work.

The Butler Bulldogs missed the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 2015 and that's not the Butler Way. Third year coach LaVall Jordan wants a tougher better rebounding and defending team after going just 2-10 away from Hinkle Fieldhouse last season-losing 7 of 10 games decided by 6 points or fewer and fizzling late dropping 6 of its last 7(only win was over Xavier at Hinkle 71-66 on 3-5 w/ Naji Marshall hobbling on a sprained ankle). Butler lost streaky sniper guard Paul Jorgenson and Moeller HS product BIG Nate Fowler to graduation and BIG Joey Brunk transferred to Indiana so lack of size became problem#1. Jordan has plugged the PF hole w/ RS Junior Bryce Nze who followed Jordan to BU from Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is 6-7, 235. Butler also signed 7 footer Derrik Smits (Grad transfer from Valpo) whose dad Rik (the Dunking Dutchman) is the NBA Indiana Pacers' #2 All Time scorer. XU recruited Derrik as did Brad Stevens before he left for Boston. Smits (12PPG-6 REBS) may be an instant starter. He played at Zionsville HS.

The Georgetown Hoyas are getting plenty of National love from the likes of Seth Davis and Dana O'Neil. It's more than their hoping Patrick Ewing does well. Year 3 of the Ewing regime could be break through time(like an NCAA bid and BIG EAST contention). G-town had the best freshman group in the league last season.(Let's state the obvious-XU had a virtual blank Frosh class due to the uncertainty created by Chris Mack's job status and eventual departure for Louisville). The Hoyas played two impact guards(James Akinjo-BE Frosh of the Year and Mac Mc Clung), Both were dynamic offensive gunslingers and they're now Sophomores. The best GU rookie IMHO was Josh LeBlanc(6-8 dynamo-dunker-shot blocker-NBA potential). He will get much more offensive chances this season w/ 6-10 center Jesse Govan graduated(16PPG-9 REBS). 6-7 SF Jahmarko Pickett is a Junior now as is sniper Jahvon Blair. Tough guard Jagan Mosely is a Senior. If he develops a jumper, he's dangerous. Ewing and Louis Orr keep adding talent. NC State BIG Omer Yurtseven(6-10, 240) will start. He left the Wolfpack when Mark Gottfried was fired and started there 2 years ago(12PPG-6 REBS). Yurtseven is from Turkey-w/ two years of eligibility.

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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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