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.
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”
Ah, it’s already that time of the year. Presents have been opened, it’s not quite New Year’s, and conference play is just about to commence. Xavier opens Big East play this year against a Providence team sans-Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil, so they won’t exactly be the same test they were last season.
Continue reading “Providence is Xavier’s First Big East Test”
What’s a Ute?
Xavier has had a penchant this season for playing bison/buffalo. Three times this year already, the Musketeers have gone on successful hunts. Today however, it’s a match-up with the Utah Utes. What is a Ute you might ask? Well, here’s the description from Utah’s website: Continue reading “What’s a Ute? That and More on Today’s Game”
The Musketeers (7-1) are traveling to Colorado in search of a bounce back win, as they take on the Buffaloes (6-2) at 9 p.m. tonight. Chris Mack is 11-12 all time in true road games (thank you @RetireFiftyTu for the stat), and will be tested yet again with a tough Colorado squad. Continue reading “Musketeers Look to Rebound Against Colorado”
Saturday is a huge day in college sports. #1 Kentucky faces #11 UCLA, football conference championships abound, and there is a battle between the 7th and 9th ranked teams in the AP Top 25. Your Xavier Musketeers are taking on the Baylor Bears down in Waco, Texas, in what is the first true road game for Xavier this season. Both teams are undefeated. Both teams are in the top 10. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading “BUCKLE UP SITUATION: Xavier Battles Baylor in Top 10 Showdown”
I’m going to keep this preview short just like I’m hoping the game is only in doubt for a short period of time tonight. Continue reading “Preview: Xavier vs. North Dakota State”
The Musketeers will be playing for some hardware for the second year in a row in Orlando, as the winners of the AdvoCare Invitational from a season ago will take on the Northern Iowa Panthers in the Tire Pros Invitational championship. Coincidentally, the Musketeers had the Panthers on their non-conference schedule already, meaning that they will take on Northern Iowa on this Championship Sunday as well as this Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Cintas Center. Continue reading “Preview: Championship Sunday versus the Panthers”
Ok, everybody do it with me. Breathe in…1…2…3…breathe out…1…2…3. Xavier won the game, and that’s what matters. It wasn’t pretty, but at the end of the day Xavier had more points than the other guys, and that means the Musketeers will advance to take on Clemson tomorrow. Continue reading “Xavier > Missouri = Survive and Advance”
Whoa! It may not be March but it’s tourney time everybody. Life comes at you fast, doesn’t it? One second you might be skipping night class to watch Xavier wallop the Buffalo Bulls, then three days later you’re discreetly opening your laptop in class to watch the guys take on the Missouri Tigers. So here’s what you need to know. Continue reading “We’re Going to Disney World!”