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”
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”
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”
We’re going to keep this short and sweet. Xavier has lost two games in a row, something they didn’t do all of last season. In fact, you have to go two seasons back, to 2014-2015, to find the last time this has happened. Continue reading “Don’t Worry. Onwards and Upwards.”
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”