A Success After All: 2016-2017 in Review

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”

Musketeers win the Battle for the Cornsword, aka the Tire Pros Invitational

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”

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”

We’re Going to Disney World!

Whoa! It may not be March but it’s tourney time everybody. Life comes at you fast, doesn’t it? One second you might be skipping night class to watch Xavier wallop the Buffalo Bulls, then three days later you’re discreetly opening your laptop in class to watch the guys take on the Missouri Tigers. So here’s what you need to know. Continue reading “We’re Going to Disney World!”

Recap: Musketeers Dismantle Buffalo with Turnaround Performance

A few nights after the Musketeers escaped with a win against Lehigh, Xavier looked like a completely different team on Monday night in their 86-53 romping of Buffalo.

The big story was the defense, which stepped up in more ways than one in the win. After allowing Lehigh to shoot 50 percent from the floor and almost 40 percent from three, the Bulls shot 31 percent from the field in one of the longest games we will (hopefully) see all year. Buffalo only made five two-point field goals, including a mere eight points in the paint. Continue reading “Recap: Musketeers Dismantle Buffalo with Turnaround Performance”