The Muskies and Badgers know each other exceedingly well. This is their third game in four years. Wisconsin pulled the NCAA Tournament upset in St.Louis in March 2016 knocking out second seed Xavier 66-63 coming back from 8 points down in the final 6 minutes. Bronson Koenig torpedoed XU with two long threes-the final one at the buzzer. Last November the Muskies got revenge with an 80-70 Gavitt Games victory over the Badgers in Madison. X rallied from 2 points down in the final 2:30. Trevon Bluiett went on a scoring run. Tyrique Jones made a dynamic hustle steal play against WU star Ethan Happ and then canned two vital FTs. J.P. Macura enraged the Red Scare student section with an emphatic dunk followed by the Gator Chomp. PGA golf pro Steve Stricker questioned Xavier's sportsmanship in a series of angry tweets. So Tuesday evening's' tilt at Cintas (6:30 Tip-FS1) is the rubber match. Wisconsin is favored in Vegas and by Ken Pomeroy (74-72 Badgers-X with just a 42% chance of winning) on a Cintas floor where the Muskies have posted 41 straight home court non-conference "Ws" over almost 6 full seasons.
MUSKIES ACE THE OFFENSE!! FUMBLE THE DEFENSE!! BUT STLL BEAT EVANSVILLE!!
Xavier 91 EVANSVILLE 85 Saturday afternoon at Cintas. I gotta admit. I underestimated the Missouri Valley Purple Aces considering their ugly 99-60 loss at Illinois Thursday-the seemingly depleted state of their roster under new coach Walter Mc Carty and the quick less than 48 hour turn-around from the Illinois debacle until XU at Cintas. Give E-ville credit! They kept punching after trailing Xavier by 15 with 7:20 left in the first half. The Aces played the new age drive and kick game almost to perfection making 17 of 33 three pointers(52%). Villanova burned Xavier for 16 made threes last February in a 95-79 Nova win at Cintas. Evansville broke that negative Muskie team record with the 17 makes. Mc Carty did an excellent job of helping his team put Illinois in the rearview mirror.
Musketeer Club: Crosstown Shootout Viewing Party
The Musketeer Club is pleased to announce an exciting event featuring the biggest game in town. On December 8, we will be hosting a viewing party of the 2018-19 Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout featuring the Xavier Musketeers against the Cincinnati Bearcats. If you missed this 2 years ago, you missed a truly a once-in-lifetime event - a Musketeer Club viewing party in one of the best theaters in town, Envision Cinemas Bar & Grille, where you will have the opportunity to view the game on a 43-foot screen! Each fan sits in a recliner, with surround sound and extensive food menu and full bar with 56 craft beers, served to you at your recliner. Limited to the first 66 reservations.
Kickin it Old School with Andy Mac:Game 1 recap/Evansville and Wisconsin preview/injury update
College basketball has officially started. Everyone across the country is crowning Duke as the national champion but for Xavier, it was the beginning of a new era. No more J.P. Macura, no more Trevon Bluiett, no more Chris Mack who left for Louisville and on Tuesday night a new era started. Travis Steele and the new look Musketeers won their first game of the season against IUPUI at the Cintas Center, 82-69.
Andy Mac joins the BeDFRNT podcast to discuss Travis Steele's first win as head coach and breaks down the play of each player in game 1. Be sure to follow the BeDFRNT podcast for more college hoops and talk, and of course, more Andy Mac.
SCOUTING EVANSVILLE!! Game Two of the Travis Steele Era takes place Saturday afternoon at Cintas Center (4PM EST Tip-TV Fox Sports Ohio). 1-0 Xavier coming off Tuesday's opening home victory over IUPUI (82-69) plays old MCC foe Evansville. The Purple Aces (0-1) were blown out Thursday evening 99-60 by Illinois in Champaign. E-ville was never competitive and trailed 53-22 at the half. The Missouri Valley Aces seemingly are in full rebuild mode after firing 11 year coach Marty Simmons (now a Clemson assistant). Top players Ryan Taylor(21PPG) and Dru Smith(PG-14PPG-6 assists) immediately transferred to Northwestern and Mizzou. Coach's son Blake Simmons (10PPG-6 rebounds) graduated and that left a semi-bare cupboard for new man Walter McCarty.
MUSKIES TEAM 97 OPENER MORE PLUSSES THAN MINUSES!!! Xavier 82 IUPUI 69 in front of 10,224 at Cintas on Election Night! Travis Steele now 1-0 as head coach. X now has won 29 straight home openers! The Muskies' non-conference home floor win streak extends to 40 games over 5 plus seasons with Evansville(Missouri Valley Conference) in town this Saturday afternoon (4PM-TV Fox Sports Ohio). E-ville opens Thursday night at Illinois(8PM-TV BTN plus??). As expected, the Muskies played without Jr. PG Quentin Goodin(shoulder) ending his streak of 53 straight lead guard starts. "Q" could see action against Evansville, but more likely will be held out until next Tuesday(11-13) against Wisconsin.
Welage Explosive from Long Range in XU's Season Opener Xavier graduate transfer Ryan Welage carried the Musketeers with a game-high 24 points as X opened up the 2018-19 men's basketball season victorious, defeating visiting IUPUI, 82-69, on Wednesday night at Cintas Center. The win marked the first for first year head coach, Travis Steele, who took over the reins for the X-Men in the offseason. Welage led a second half offensive surge for the Muskies in which he had 12 points during a 15-6 run as XU retook a brief IUPUI lead. Welage shot 9-of-17 from the field including a 6-of-13 from behind the arc. He added seven rebounds, two assists while recording no turnovers, capping an impressive debut for XU.
Lady Muskies Open Season Victorious Sophomore Deja Ross scored a career-high 22 points on Wednesday night, leading the Xavier women's basketball team to a 91-57 season-opener win over Chicago State. The Musketeers moved to 19-0 in season openers at Cintas Center following the win. Sophomore Deja Ross was one of four Musketeers in double-figures with a career-high 22 points. The forward was 8-for-11 from the floor and 4-for-7 from behind the arc.
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.