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…”

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/Big East Whiparound

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, a busy couple of weeks has hindered the ability to push out content here on the website. Nevertheless, WE’RE HERE, and there is a LOT of great content we have planned for the new year. We’ll announce all that jazz in a post coming fairly soon, but for now, let’s roll through what’s happened in the last week. Continue reading “Xavier/Big East Whiparound”

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”

Providence is Xavier’s First Big East Test

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.

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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”

When in Vegas, Play Basketball

If you have been following @NorwoodHardwood on Twitter, you may be wondering why there was no game recap from Wake Forest and why the account was suddenly tweeting about Rick Harrison’s Pawn Shop yesterday. Well, the only option for Saturday’s men’s game was to listen to the Wake game at 38,000 feet on a spotty wifi connection as we traveled across the country to Las Vegas. Continue reading “When in Vegas, Play Basketball”

What is the Skip Prosser Classic?

Some of you are Xavier students that had no idea the school existed three years ago, but when you applied and they gave you great money, you accepted. Some of you knew about Xavier, but only started following the team since you’ve been here. Then others of you reading this are life-long Xavier supporters; those that bleed navy and white. Whoever you are and however you ended up a part of the Musketeer community, you have been thrust into the culture of winning basketball, and that culture was entrenched during the Skip Prosser era. So who was he? Why do Xavier and Wake Forest play a game honoring him every year? Continue reading “What is the Skip Prosser Classic?”