Close, But No Cigar

There are so many things running through my head about this game and the season in general that I am going to keep this condensed and specific to today’s affair. Simply put, this was about as winnable a game against Villanova as I thought there had been in a long time. Villanova announced shortly before the game that they would be without post-player Darrell Reynolds. His absence, causing Nova to have to play with a seven-man rotation, and the home-court advantage gave me all sorts of positive vibes at tip-off. Continue reading “Close, But No Cigar”

You Wanted a #Roadkill, You Got a #Roadkill

It’s been the same narrative for about the last month with Xavier. “They can’t win on the road and they haven’t beaten a good team yet.” “This team is doomed, they’re without some of their best players.” “Might as well just make the best of this year and get hyped for next year.” Continue reading “You Wanted a #Roadkill, You Got a #Roadkill”

Sumner Tears ACL

Xavier redshirt sophomore point guard Edmond Sumner tore his ACL against St. John’s on Sunday, effectively ending his 2016-17 campaign. The Detroit, Mich., product was the team’s leader in assists and second on the team in points and steals. Continue reading “Sumner Tears ACL”

An Uppercut But Not a Knockout

Last night, after commiserating for about an hour after the heart-wrenching performance that had just been witnessed, I found myself needing some sustenance and decided on Currito. As I opened the door, the first words I heard were “life goes on” from the legendary song Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp. That caused me to stop, think, and reflect on both the game and the season as a whole. First, let’s take a look at this game. Continue reading “An Uppercut But Not a Knockout”

Back on Track and Time to #BeatUC

You know what feels really great? Winning. When you win, the sky isn’t falling and things seem blissful and pleasant. When you lose, the world is collapsing before your eyes and the program might as well evaporate. Continue reading “Back on Track and Time to #BeatUC”

Myles Davis is No Longer a Musketeer

It was a tumultuous offseason for senior guard Myles Davis to say the least. About one week after the academic year commenced, Myles was suspended from the basketball team indefinitely. After missing 15 games, he was reinstated during the postgame press conference on January 7th. Continue reading “Myles Davis is No Longer a Musketeer”

Xavier Drops Third Straight with Loss to Creighton

One of the hardest things about being a journalist (ok, blogger) is having to write after really s****y things happen. If you watched that Creighton game, well, you know what I mean. Continue reading “Xavier Drops Third Straight with Loss to Creighton”

Where Do Things Stand?

All season if you’ve been reading posts on here, I’ve been talking about how there’s still plenty of time left and how this team hasn’t fully developed yet. Everywhere you turn, someone is second-guessing a tactical decision, complaining about a blown call, or questioning the tenacity of some of the guys. After four losses (all on the road), some concerns may be valid. To say that everything is fine when 58 points are surrendered in the second half would be both naive and a lie. But to say this is a lost team with little potential would also be far from accurate. Continue reading “Where Do Things Stand?”

It Was a Rough Night in Philly

The Xavier (13-3, 3-1) vs. Villanova (16-1, 4-1) game Tuesday was the first Top 15 Big East game of the year. The Musketeers haven’t fared well in Philly over the years, going 0-3 in their first three games there since joining the Big East and not losing by less than 13. Villanova was coming off their first loss of the season, an upset at the hands of Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Xavier was looking for their second straight win over the Wildcats, after that classic at the Cintas Center last February. Continue reading “It Was a Rough Night in Philly”

He’s Baaaaack…

Yesterday, Coach Mack was answering questions for about ten minutes in his postgame press conference. He was giving some pretty thorough answers reflecting on the day’s game and where the team stands as a whole. Then, as if embodying a magician, he seemingly waved a proverbial wand that made Xavier Nation forget about what had just happened over the last two and a half hours. Continue reading “He’s Baaaaack…”