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”
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”
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.
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”
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…”
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”
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”
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?”
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”
Early season tournaments used to be the bane of Xavier basketball’s existence. Around the time your stomach was full with turkey, stuffing, and apple pie, the team’s stomach was empty of wins. Before last year, they had not won an exempt tournament since 2008 when Sean Miller was head coach, and they had a 7-11 overall record in the Coach Mack era. Continue reading “Musketeers win the Battle for the Cornsword, aka the Tire Pros Invitational”