TREVON. IS. BACK.

Guess who’s back, back again?! Tre’s back…tell a friend.

We waited for a VERY long time, but as they say, patience is a virtue:

THERE YOU HAVE IT FOLKS. Trevon Bluiett is coming back for his final year at Xavier. After the interview he gave on Monday, it sounded like he was leaving. He said he felt confident that if he stayed in the draft he would be picked in the second round, and that he was using his workout with the Knicks on Wednesday to help him affirm his decision. This was an all-time troll move from Tre, but who cares. HE’S BACK.
We get ANOTHER season of Tre cookin up the Big East. He gets to play in another Shootout at home. Remember the 40 points he scored last time he played UC? He gets another shot at the NCAA tournament. Come on…we could have even more Musketeer Moments???

MOMENTS LIKE THIS ONE:

AND THIS ONE:

So you’re telling me we have Trevon, JP, Kaiser, Sean, Quentin, and Tyrique to go along with Paul Scruggs, Naji Marshall, Jared Ridder, Elias Harden, Big K, AND Karem Kanter?? FEED ME WINS.

Seriously though, the bar just got raised in the Big East. A potential Big East Player of the Year candidate, Trevon is bringing so much to the table. He will start next year ranked 15th on the all-time scoring list with 1,585 career points. He made the first team All Big East team for the second year in a row, the All-Big East Tournament team this year, and he made the All-West Regional team after leading the Muskies to the Elite 8. The ceiling is the roof for Xavier.

Before the Arizona game, Tre wrote the article below. Now he has a chance to finish his Xavier career in style, and possibly as one of the greatest Musketeers to have ever worn a Xavier uniform. 151 days until Musketeer Madness.

How Did We Do? A Review of Norwood Hardwood’s First Year

When Xavier was in the midst of their spectacular 2015-2016 season, I wanted to create a place where Xavier students could go for some of their basketball info. You can read recaps and analysis everywhere, but I wanted to create something that was produced by students to get our perspective.

This site finally got off the ground as this past season started, and I set a few goals. I thought 200 Twitter followers by conference season and 300 by the Big East tournament was a realistic goal. Well, thanks to Xavier Nation being the best, we blew that out of the water.

After earning over 800 followers, more than 735,ooo Twitter impressions on the season, 7,000+ website views, and hundreds of views on our March Madness preview shows that we did on Twitter, I realized this year was something special.

Hopefully you learned a little bit about the greatest one-and-done in Xavier history, or the Musketeers’ newest rivalry.

What were some of our best performing tweets?

We hope you had as much fun as we did and we can’t wait to bring you more #content next season.

Plz @ us on Twitter or leave a comment below and tell us what you liked, didn’t like, want to see more of, how we can improve, all that good stuff.

Thanks for everything, and here’s to the future. Let’s Go X.

A Success After All: 2016-2017 in Review

Take a step back and think back to Veteran’s Day of 2016, when Lehigh entered the Cintas Center for the first game of the 2016-2017 men’s basketball season. Expectations were unbounded – this was a team coming off one of their best years in program history. They were ranked in the top 10 to begin the year, and there was no reason to believe this group of guys couldn’t compete for a Final Four. Continue reading “A Success After All: 2016-2017 in Review”

2015 vs. 2017 – The Similarities are Uncanny

Before we get into the actual dynamics of this Thursday’s game, there’s a post here that needs to be written. In doing some thinking and digging during the first 24 hours since we found out Xavier would be playing Maryland on Thursday, I noticed some incredible similarities between that team and this team. They are as follows: Continue reading “2015 vs. 2017 – The Similarities are Uncanny”

Big East Tournament Preview

When the new Big East formed a few years ago, one of the privileges they retained from the old Big East was the chance to play their conference tournament in The World’s Most Famous Arena. The fanbases of all 10 schools can descend upon the Big Apple and sit in the comfy seats of Madison Square Garden while they watch their team compete for a conference tournament trophy.

It doesn’t take a whole lot to realize that Xavier and their fans probably envisioned that they would be playing at MSG this year under very different circumstances. Understandably, I heard a lot of fans commiserating that they had to re-arrange their travel plans because they were planning on flying to New York City tomorrow when X would presumably be playing their first game. Understandably so – if the Musketeers had won just one more conference game, they would have earned a bye and we wouldn’t even be having this discussion right now. But as it is, the Ski’s are looking for their second win over the DePaul Blue Demons in as many games.

Let’s take a look at this bracket real quick. When I saw this the other day after it was finalized, I’ll be honest, I was somewhat shocked. I really don’t think it could have panned out any better for Xavier. There are a lot of predictions being thrown around, but I think a deep run is very realistic. My first thoughts on Saturday when I was breaking this down went like this:

“Well, we should beat DePaul assuming there’s no mental lapse or complete debacle. Assuming the guys can get over that first hurdle, they’ll play a Butler team who they almost beat a couple of weeks ago and who they won’t be wanting to lose to a third time in a row. Then it would be onto another winnable game against Creighton or Providence, both of whom Xavier has beaten this season. So I’m not sayin…but I’m just sayin…”

Look, the way the ball has been rolling for the Musketeers over the last month, WHO KNOWS what in the world is going to happen after tip-off tonight. X could lay an egg and their season could basically be over. OR…they could wallop DePaul as they should, get some fire under them, and roll into tomorrow night against the Bulldogs with some confidence.

You can’t get to the second game without winning the first. And that first game is tonight at 9:30 on Fox Sports 1. Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery will be on the call, and Lisa Byington will be reporting from the sideline.

X is in the city, now let’s hope they make some noise in the city that never sleeps.

Dear Xavier Fans: Don’t Miss Tomorrow

In sports, just like in life, there are mountains and there are valleys. Some peaks are just as high as the deepest depths are low, and the 2015-2016 season of Xavier basketball was one of those peaks. Relative to last season, this year might seem like one of those depths; even a Mariana’s Trench to some doom-seekers. However, in the grand scheme of things, Xavier is having a season dozens of other teams would use as their benchmark. Continue reading “Dear Xavier Fans: Don’t Miss Tomorrow”

It’s OK to Be Frustrated, But Don’t Give Up

Before the season began, I stepped back and took a look at what this Xavier team might be. Many national pundits believed this team would be as good, if not better, than last year’s team that was arguably the best in program history. The 2016-2017 version of the Musketeers was a consensus top-10 team that should only improve, not decline. I wasn’t exactly along the same wavelength, but I did think this was a top-20 team that would improve as the season went along. Whereas last year’s team lost four games in the regular season and six games total, I predicted eight regular season losses for this year because I thought there were too many variables; two grad transfers, two freshmen, a suspended senior leader, lack of depth, etc.

All season, I’ve written about staying positive through some of the losses. Finishing with two non-conference losses before conference play began (three including UC), was good, considering one of those losses was to a top-5 team. There was always still plenty of time to right the ship, plenty of time to turn things around, and numerous matchups against high-quality opponents left on the schedule.

Well, don’t look now, but there’s only three regular season games left, and one of those is against DePaul. I’m not here to hound this team or criticize. Coach Mack has done a fine job with the obstacles that have been thrown his way. Save for an 0-3 finish and a first round loss in the Big East tournament, this team will make the NCAA tournament.

I think I speak for a lot of people in saying that these games have been frustrating. BUT, everyone, it’s not time to capitulate, not time to wave the white flag, not time to look to next season. The most important games of the season are still on the horizon, and frankly, with a strong showing in March, the majority of these trials and tribulations will be lost in the wind.

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”

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”