Andy Mac Tweets on Coronavirus!!

I have posted a tweet thread @mm.andymac at the urging of my son Bryan who is an emergency doctor in Seattle on the front lines of the Coronavirus epidemic. We are at a critical point re community spread in the USA w/ the power collectively if we behave responsibly to drastically slow the spread and avoid our health system being overwhelmed. Read my post for more details. I'm no expert, but Bryan's seen a lot in 10 plus years of front line ER work and he's worried about the characteristics of this virus and its impact.

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X Eliminated from BIG EAST Tournament by DePaul

The Xavier Musketeers were knocked off 71-67 by DePaul on Wednesday night in the First Round of the Big East Tournament. Xavier was led by Tyrique Jones and Zach Freemantle who scored career-highs of 22 and 18 points, respectively. Naji Marshall added 15 points for Xavier in the losing effort. With the loss, the Musketeers are eliminated from the BIG EAST Tournament and fall to 19-13 on the season.   Continue reading...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Sorry about my absence from this site over the past few weeks. I'm recovering from hip replacement surgery(#2 for me) and post op has been more challenging than expected. I decided to focus my Muskie thoughts on twitter @mm_andymac to reduce computer time and manage the pain created by sitting at my computer desk. Things are improving so I'm trying a long form pre-BET info dump today. I've contended since BIG EAST season opened that 9 conference wins would earn any BE team an NCAA berth. The league posted its best ever non-conference number since New BIG EAST formation in 2014( #3 Power Conference behind Big 10-almost even w/ BIG 12). Once you post a league NET and start conference play you are locked in. It still looks like 7 BIG EAST NCAA Bids to me. Most national brackets agree(per Bracket Matrix). CBS(Jerry Palm) and FOX(Mike DeCourcy) have 7 in.

Butler Eclipses X on Last Second 3-Pointer
Naji Marshall converted a clutch dribble drive 3-point play in the paint to give Xavier a two point lead over Butler with 8.9 seconds to play. However, Butler's Kamar Baldwin played the spoiler on the ensuing play, dribbling the length of the court to drain a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds to play to give the Bulldogs a one point win over Xavier, 72-71, on Senior Day at Cintas Center. Baldwin's performance was spectactular, finishing with half of Butler's points for a game-high 36. Marshall was also brilliant for X, scoring 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Jason Carter added a season-high 17 points in a strong performance for the Musketeers. With the loss, Xavier finishes in seventh place in the BIG EAST and will be forced to play in the Quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament against DePaul starting on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Game time is set for 9:30 p.m.

X Knocked Off by Providence on the Road
Naji Marshall led all scorers with a game-high 25 points but it was not enough as the Xavier Musketeers fell to Providence, 80-74, on Wednesday night at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Marshall was the offensive ignition that fueled a second half comeback for X, which trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half. Marshall was joined in double-figures scoring by Zach Freemantle and KyKy Tandy who notched 13 and 11 points, respectively. With the loss, Xavier drops to 19-11 overall and 8-9 in the BIG EAST. The Musketeers are back on the hardwood on Saturday for their final game of the regular season as they place host to Butler for Senior Day. Game time is set 8:30 p.m. at Cintas Center.

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XU Women Edged Out by Nova
Xavier women's basketball dropped a 55-54 contest vs Villanova on Friday night at Cintas Center. The Musketeers moved to 2-20 (1-10 BIG EAST), while the Wildcats improved to 13-10 (7-5 BIG EAST). Junior Aaliyah Dunham and sophomore Carrie Gross led the Musketeers in scoring with 11 points each. Dunham also dished out a team-high seven assists. Xavier continues its homestand on Sunday, Feb. 9 vs Georgetown. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Cintas Center.

Lady Musketeers Lose to Visiting Marquette
Junior A'riana Gray posted her third consecutive double-double on Sunday afternoon, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Musketeers dropped an 80-60 matchup vs Marquette. The Musketeers dropped to 2-16 (1-6 BIG EAST), while the Golden Eagles improved to 13-5 (4-3 BIG EAST). Xavier returns to action on Friday, Jan. 24 at Creighton. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. ET from D.J. Sokol Arena.

XU Women Dismantle Georgetown for First BIG EAST Win
Juniors Aaliyah Dunham and A'riana Gray combined for 40 points on Friday night, leading the Xavier women's basketball team to an 85-64 win at Georgetown. The Musketeers improve to 2-13 (1-3 BIG EAST), while the Hoyas dropped to 4-12 (1-4 BIG EAST).

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