Will Xavier cap a historic regular season with its first Final Four?
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In a year of historic firsts, Xavier’s national press, which has only grown more laudatory since December, has been justified.
Fresh off a deep Big East Tournament run, Xavier seniors look to cement their legacies in the Big Dance
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On Sunday evening, after the NCAA
Selection Committee revealed the first three tournament regions with no
sign of Xavier’s name, the Musketeers started to sweat.
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Xavier seniors relieved to earn NCAA berth, look to cement legacy
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tu Holloway and Kenny Frease know all too
well what it means to be senior basketball players at Xavier
University. For three seasons they saw older players — the likes of
Jason Love, B.J. Raymond and Jamel McLean — lead the program to deep
runs in the NCAA tournament. It would be Holloway and Frease’s turn this
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Bearcats a lock, Muskies not so much
The regular season is drawing to a close as Cincinnati and
Xavier each have one game left before conference tournament time. Cincinnati
will hear their name called on "Selection Sunday" — as for Xavier, only time will
tell.ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Xavier as one of his
first four out, and I tend to agree — although I disagree with the pointless
bickering in the comments section regarding the brawl that happened — wait for
it — almost three months ago. The Bearcats are listed as a 10 seed, a much better
prospect than having an 8 or 9 seed and having to play Kentucky or Syracuse if
they can make it past the first round. With the current mock up, the ‘Cats
would play San Diego State in the first round — a winnable game — and North
Carolina in the second — maybe, with a hope and a prayer.
Not to say that crazier things haven’t happened: VMI, Butler
(twice) and George Mason have all knocked off No. 1 seeds in the tournament. UC has more talent than any of those teams, and if they
can continue playing like they did against Marquette this past Wednesday the
Sweet 16 or even Elite 8 isn’t out of the question.
The Bearcats played stifling defense against Marquette, forcing
17 turnovers. They dominated the paint, outscoring the Golden Eagles 42-24, and
JaQuon Parker was a revelation. Parker used his size and strength to drive to
the hoop at will and went 2-for-4 from behind the arc, including a halftime
buzzer-beater that put UC up 16 at the half. Parker finished the game with a
career-best 28 points.
The Bearcats didn’t look back. Yancy Gates finished the game
with 13 boards despite being limited to less than four minutes of first half
play because of foul trouble. The 72-61 final wasn’t as close as the score
indicated, as UC coasted to victory. With the emergence of Parker the 'Cats now
have a steady combo of inside and outside threats that will make them a
difficult team to face both in New York and in the NCAA tournament.
Xavier, on the other hand, isn’t a lock for a ticket to March
Madness. Winning the A10 tourney would put all doubt to rest. The Muskies host
Charlotte tomorrow; with a loss the NIT will certainly be beckoning. A win
leaves a glimmer of hope, but in all likelihood, Chris Mack and his team will be
on the outside looking in next Sunday.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
As the college basketball season started,
many predicted the Xavier Musketeers would finish the season in the
Final Four. And that’s still a possibility — but nobody predicted this
would be the ride. Winners of their first seven games,
including wins at Vanderbilt and Butler, the Musketeers were living up
to their billing and were ranked No. 8 in the country.
1 Comment · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A month ago, the Xavier University baseball team didn't conjure a first thought, let alone a second. A lot of baseball happens in Cincinnati. College baseball happens very quietly. But around noon on May 25 Xavier reached quite a unique distinction when it was officially announced as a qualifier for the NCAA baseball tournament, and the Muskies will play Friday at 3 p.m. against Kansas State at the Houston Regional. Over the past month, XU put together a splendid run, winning 17 of 20 games with prodigious batsmanship and a knack for winning close contests when they didn't bludgeon opponents to death.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We made such a fuss a few weeks ago when Xavier lost three straight on the road in the Atlantic-10 Conference. We started wondering if the same team that could lose to tournament rejects on the road could beat tournament teams on neutral sites. What got into us? What made us forget that the regular season is such a colossal waste of time?