Senior Seminar: Ranking Every Player in My Four Years

When my buddy Jack Spooner approached me with this idea, I was immediately floored. As sports fans, we live for rankings of any type. We want power rankings, mock drafts, big boards and more, especially when it involves our favorite team. Continue reading “Senior Seminar: Ranking Every Player in My Four Years”

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”

Myles Davis is No Longer a Musketeer

It was a tumultuous offseason for senior guard Myles Davis to say the least. About one week after the academic year commenced, Myles was suspended from the basketball team indefinitely. After missing 15 games, he was reinstated during the postgame press conference on January 7th. Continue reading “Myles Davis is No Longer a Musketeer”

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”

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 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”

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”