Dear Xavier Fans: Don’t Miss Tomorrow

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”

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”

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”

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?”

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”

The Gates are Open

If you want to read a preview of tomorrow’s game against Northern Iowa, we already have one for you! Check it out here. Because of the scheduling quirk, another Battle for the Cornsword will take place tomorrow, this time at the Cintas Center, against a Panthers team that Xavier just vanquished on Sunday. So, the player preview from Saturday still applies. Continue reading “The Gates are Open”

Preview: Championship Sunday versus the Panthers

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”

Introducing Norwood Hardwood

Norwood, Ohio. What a place right? It’s been around for centuries. Wikipedia even says the earliest humans that settled here were from the Pre-Columbian era, way before even our homeboy St. Francis Xavier was doing his thing.

Norwood means one thing to Xavier though: home. There’s one place in particular that feels a little more special five months of the year, and that’s the hardwood within the confines of the Cintas Center.

You can get info about Xavier basketball from all over (the team is pretty good if you haven’t heard), but where can you get that info brought to you by students? Look no further because that appetite you didn’t even know you had has now been filled.

We’re going to bring you LOTS of #content. Some serious stuff, some jokes, some podcasts, and hopefully some knowledge along the way. We love the Musketeers as much as you do, and we’re going to share some of that with you.

Paul Fritschner is a sophomore, Kyle Tooley and Ben Baumeister are seniors. With this season underway, we’re ready to bring all of you, students, alumni, families, and diehard fans alike, our thoughts about what happens on the hardwood in Norwood.

So follow us on Twitter @NorwoodHardwood and like us on Facebook.

Buckle up everyone and let’s enjoy the ride.