The Liacouras Center was not kind to the Xavier Musketeers this past Saturday, nor has it been for the past seven years. Xavier hasn’t won at Temple since 2004 and this year squandered an opportunity to jump to the top of the A-10 standings with a win.Temple cruised to an easy 85-72 victory over Xavier after dominating from the start. Tied 5-5 with 16:36 remaining in the first half, Xavier went ...
Two weeks ago it was UC that was on top of their game; not
so anymore. The Bearcats have lost three straight and struggled mightily in
Piscataway last Saturday. The Bearcats had a less than impressive shooting
night at a 35 percent clip. The only exceptions were Dion Dixon and Yancy Gates,
who went a combined 13-21. Perhaps the biggest reason for the loss was not an
inability to make shots but a lack of second half defense. UC held Eli Carter —
Rutgers' best player — in check in the first half, allowing only 2 points. In
the second 20 minutes of play Carter exploded for 15 points and buried the
It was a disappointing week for both UC and Xavier as the
past seven days have seen the teams go a combined 0-4. While both teams faced
tough opposition I would have expected both to at least earn one win out of the
two games they played.
Things have gone in two drastically different directions for
the UC and XU men’s basketball programs after the embarrassment that was the "Crosstown Brawl."
The Bearcats have won eight out of their last nine, while
the Muskies have lost five of eight. Both teams had key players suspended and
UC found motivation in the fallout while Xavier has struggled to find the
identity that had them as a preseason top 15.