2015 vs. 2017 – The Similarities are Uncanny

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”

Close, But No Cigar

There are so many things running through my head about this game and the season in general that I am going to keep this condensed and specific to today’s affair. Simply put, this was about as winnable a game against Villanova as I thought there had been in a long time. Villanova announced shortly before the game that they would be without post-player Darrell Reynolds. His absence, causing Nova to have to play with a seven-man rotation, and the home-court advantage gave me all sorts of positive vibes at tip-off. Continue reading “Close, But No Cigar”

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”

Back on Track and Time to #BeatUC

You know what feels really great? Winning. When you win, the sky isn’t falling and things seem blissful and pleasant. When you lose, the world is collapsing before your eyes and the program might as well evaporate. Continue reading “Back on Track and Time to #BeatUC”

Xavier Flies Past Eagles and Into Conference Play

This Xavier team has given fans some cause for concern, but there has been much reassurance that it’s still only December. So, when Eastern Washington exploded out to a 22-11 lead in the first half, worry filled the Twitosphere that Xavier was in trouble of dropping a buy game to the Eagles. Xavier’s shots weren’t falling, and it seemed like Eastern Washington could chuck it up from anywhere and it would find the bottom of the net. Continue reading “Xavier Flies Past Eagles and Into Conference Play”

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?”

Musketeers Top Utes to End Skid

After dropping consecutive games on the road and causing mass hysteria in the Xavier community, the Musketeers got back on track with a 77-69 win over the Utah Utes. Continue reading “Musketeers Top Utes to End Skid”

Don’t Worry. Onwards and Upwards.

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.”

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”

Musketeers Charge Past Bison

This was one of those games to use as a tune-up, a means to an end in improvement before the impending top 10 showdown Saturday afternoon. A comfortable win for the Musketeers was expected, but the quality of the performance showed in the game was a step above. Continue reading “Musketeers Charge Past Bison”