12:42 AM EST, Tue December 01, 2020
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Xavier overcomes themselves, and EKU, in an ugly win

Xavier overcomes themselves, and EKU, in an ugly win

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Survive and advance, I guess? The temptation to just copy in a game report from the start (or end) of last season here was tempting. Xavier shot the ball badly. Xavier turned the ball over way too much. Xavier had serious defensive lapses (most notably Zach Freemantle falling asleep during EKU’s last possession). The same things that have plagued Xavier for the last two years, for the Travis Steele Era, plagued them again last night. It was an extremely vexing victory. But it was a victory. That was in large part to Jason Carter (20/11/4)...
12 hours ago
Xavier v. Eastern Kentucky: preview, matchups, keys to the game

Xavier v. Eastern Kentucky: preview, matchups, keys to the game

I'm weirdly low on current EKU pictures. | Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports Undefeated powerhouses face off in Cintas as someone is going to get fed his first L tonight. Every game this year is a gift, and our Muskies got a visit from the traditional number of magi last week. Oakland - who just took #25 Michigan to OT - was the first out of the stocking, followed quickly by Bradley and then Toledo. Xavier ended the week with a three wins from three, briefly holding the honor of the only 3-0 team in the nation. They'll look to improve that mark to 4-0 against the Eastern...
Nov 28, 2020
Things I think I think after three games

Things I think I think after three games

You're out of the game! Wait, no... | Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Three games is too small a sample to actually know anything, but it's not too early to start to form some opinions. One of the great joys of fandom is leaping to conclusions based on passion and little else. Travis Steele is in over his head! Kyky Tandy is the best ever! Joe Burrow is the next Akili Smith! And, yes dad, Richie Sexson sucks! Three games over three days gives just enough exposure time to see the team but not quite enough data to make informed decisions yet. That said, here's a few...
Nov 27, 2020
Xavier rides their backcourt to victory in Xavier Invitational closer.

Xavier rides their backcourt to victory in Xavier Invitational closer.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports On a day when Zach Freemantle was briefly ejected, Xavier’s trio of Scruggs, Tandy, and Odom made all the big plays down the stretch to hold off Toledo. After racking up 101 points in their season opener and only 51 in the win over Bradley on Thanksgiving one could be tempted to wonder which of those offensive performances Xavier fans could come to expect going forward. The answer, on today’s evidence, is probably a mix of the two. Zach Freemantle’s (9/4/0) frequent run ins with the officials limited his ability to contribute for...
Nov 27, 2020
Xavier v. Toledo: Preview, matchup, keys to the game

Xavier v. Toledo: Preview, matchup, keys to the game

Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports Xavier survived a truly terrible performance against Bradley and held on for a 51-50 win. That game was the complete opposite of the first as the shots didn’t fall, Xavier failed to keep Bradley off the glass and couldn’t keep the ball moving on offense. Even though they got the win, X will be looking to perform much better against Toledo. Toledo dropped their first game against Bradley in dramatic fashion before destroying Oakland in their second game. The last time X played against Toledo was in the opening round of the NIT in 2019....
Nov 26, 2020
Tough guys win tough games

Tough guys win tough games

Dwon Odom, actual tough guy. | Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports Yesterday was a season-opening walkover for Xavier. Twenty-four hours later, they found themselves in a dog fight. There are a lot of ways tough guys present. Some snarl and mean mug like Tyrique Jones. Some stare stone-faced daggers as they go to work like Tu Holloway. Some tell you about it while they do it to you like JP Macura. When it comes down to brass tacks, though, all actual tough guys have one thing in common: they do not duck away from the task at hand. Plenty of pretend tough guys talk the talk...
Nov 26, 2020
Xavier v. Bradley: Preview, matchup, keys to the game

Xavier v. Bradley: Preview, matchup, keys to the game

Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports Xavier takes on their second game in 24 hours with a Thanksgiving tilt against the Bradley Braves. As season openers go, you can’t ask for one much better than Xavier’s, a 101-49 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. Everything fired for the the Musketeers as they put the game in the stage of analytically final before the first half horn even sounded. Xavier will face (much) stronger opposition than Oakland this season, but you can only beat who takes the court against you. Xavier did that and more on Wednesday. Bradley suffered the...
Nov 25, 2020
Xavier beats Oakland by a final score of 101-49 in a belated season debut

Xavier beats Oakland by a final score of 101-49 in a belated season debut

Yes, Dwon. | Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports That was worth the wait. Where to start with that? A mere 258 days after the coronavirus shut down basketball in March, the Musketeers opened the new season with a resounding 101-49 win over an overmatched Oakland team. Before the game even tipped, the pandemic made itself felt as CJ Wilcher, Colby Jones, and Zak Sweyte were held out of the game for quarantine because they were exposed to someone who had tested positive. None of them have been announced as testing positive, but an aggressive approach to contact tracing is...
Nov 25, 2020
How will the coronavirus pandemic affect the #refshow?

How will the coronavirus pandemic affect the #refshow?

Naji vainly attempts to explain who it is people bought tickets to watch. | Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports Asking the real questions here. I'm going to paint you a complete picture, but chances are you'll be able to finish it for me long before I'm done. It's late in a hotly contested conference game. Meaningful positions in the standings are on the line. The lead has gone back and forth, the fans are going bananas, and it's still all left to play for. The ball rotates to a wing, and a skilled and driven young man sees a crack in the rotating defense. He puts the...
Nov 25, 2020
Xavier v. Oakland: Preview, matchups, and keys to the game

Xavier v. Oakland: Preview, matchups, and keys to the game

Hopefully Coach Kampe is healthy and ready to go. | Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Here we, finally, go! Whether it should be or not, Xavier’s season is tipping off today. It is the 25th of November and college basketball season is starting. The absolute chaos of the end of last season seems both far removed and strikingly immediate. Some echoes remain, the Ivy League is canceling, there aren’t fans in seats, the action scrolling the bottom of the screen may at times command more attention than that in the main. Still, despite...
Nov 24, 2020
Know Your Big East Opponent: UConn

Know Your Big East Opponent: UConn

This dude will be a handful. | David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports As the title implies we will be taking a look at our Big East opponents and what they will be looking like heading into the coming season. Last Season UConn had dropped off in recent years but started something of a resurgence last season. Their non-conference ws interesting to say the least. They finished 9-3 and beat Florida early in the season. Thier losses were against X, Indiana and, quite surprisingly, Saint Joseph’s. At the start of February UConn was struggling. They had fallen to 11-10 and a...
Nov 24, 2020
Three Musketeers have been quarantined due to covid-positive contacts

Three Musketeers have been quarantined due to covid-positive contacts

Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports I was hoping to leave my “Xavierona” portmanteau in the drafts folder all season. First, the news: pic.twitter.com/UyWwXqmy2W— Xavier Musketeers (@XUAthletics) November 24, 2020 That’s pretty much the only information we have now. Could be the walk-ons; could be three starters. Could involve Ben Stanley and Adam Kunkel, the Schroedinger’s players of this roster that exist in some weird limbo between existing and a redshirt. We just don’t know who is involved. What we do know is that this illustrates just how fragile the...
Nov 24, 2020
Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Oklahoma

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Oklahoma

Here’s a guy who probably eats a balanced diet and monitors his sleep habits. | Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports As I sit here typing this, the state of Oklahoma has an 18.6% positive test rate for covid. I’m sure we’ll get this game in though. Sometimes a good scheduler earns his money by putting together a slate that challenges a team without overwhelming it, balances development with resume building, and puts the team in position to earn its way into March and make a run when they get there. Other times, he does so by keeping the team from having to travel out of...
Nov 24, 2020
Know Your Big East Opponent: Georgetown

Know Your Big East Opponent: Georgetown

That about sums it up. | Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Georgetown looked to be on the cusp of a breakthrough at the start of last season. That is no longer the case. As the title implies we will be taking a look at our Big East opponents and what they will be looking like heading into the coming season. Last Season Georgetown looked like they could be decent las season. Thier best players were only sophomores and there was enought talent to make the case that they could get an at-large bid. The non-conference was far from loaded but G’Town picked up a couple...
Nov 24, 2020
Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Cincinnati

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Cincinnati

John Brannen, seen here demanding to be taken seriously in a suit he borrowed from his older brother. | Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports You guys wouldn’t believe the totally amazing offers Xavier turned down to play this game as scheduled. Tomorrow - tomorrow! - the 2020-2021 season finally gets out of the blocks for Xavier. The Muskies will be tipping at noon in a weirdly belated opener to what figures to be a weird season. A week after that, UC will finally tip off against Lipscomb on December 2. On December 6th, the teams will clash on UC’s home court. It will be...