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”

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”

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”

Xavier Remains Undefeated in the Big East

Well, there was some, uh, slightly important news today from the press conference. If you didn’t hear, Myles Davis has been reinstated to the basketball program. Look back for a post on that tomorrow, but for now, here’s what happened in today’s throttling of the St. John’s Red Storm. Continue reading “Xavier Remains Undefeated in the Big East”

Xavier Opens Big East Play in Style

One of the top-tier Big East teams played an extremely close game against a bottom-tier Big East team Wednesday night. The game went all the way down to the wire, where the bottom-feeder had a chance in their last possession to send the miracle of a game into overtime. That was a match-up in Philadelphia between Villanova and DePaul. In Cincinnati, the complete opposite unfolded. Continue reading “Xavier Opens Big East Play in Style”

Xavier Flies Past Eagles and Into Conference Play

This Xavier team has given fans some cause for concern, but there has been much reassurance that it’s still only December. So, when Eastern Washington exploded out to a 22-11 lead in the first half, worry filled the Twitosphere that Xavier was in trouble of dropping a buy game to the Eagles. Xavier’s shots weren’t falling, and it seemed like Eastern Washington could chuck it up from anywhere and it would find the bottom of the net. Continue reading “Xavier Flies Past Eagles and Into Conference Play”

Musketeers Top Utes to End Skid

After dropping consecutive games on the road and causing mass hysteria in the Xavier community, the Musketeers got back on track with a 77-69 win over the Utah Utes. Continue reading “Musketeers Top Utes to End Skid”

Baylor’s Second Half Buries Xavier

There is usually an underlying theme in Xavier’s big losses, and there is generally an overwhelming frustration that the game was lost through one particular statistic or at one specific point. Last year against Creighton, it was an atrocious shooting performance. Against Villanova, Edmond Sumner was crushed on the court shortly after tip-off. Continue reading “Baylor’s Second Half Buries Xavier”