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Xavier wins great 25 minute game, Providence insists on playing 40.

Xavier wins great 25 minute game, Providence insists on playing 40.

Probably reacting to a three point attempt | Photo by Dylan Buell/ You can’t spend 13 minutes watching and then try to win a game. For those of you wondering why you don’t hold a ball until the end of the shot clock in a late game situation well, now you know. With 8:27 to play in the first half, Xavier trailed 24-10. From that moment on the Musketeers outscored the Friars by 11. Sadly, Big East rules stipulate that the entire game counts. You can’t simply no show for most of an entire half and then try to come back in this conference. Until Xavier fixes what is...
Banners On The Parkway Jan 25, 2022
How hard is it to make a layup?

How hard is it to make a layup?

Nate Johnson taking a low percentage shot | Photo by Patrick McDermott/ Xavier’s offensive struggles recently have centered around their inability to make the easiest of shots. “I could make that” is the common refrain of the American sports watching aficionado. Whether “that” is an uncontested three or short jumper, a simple swing pass to the flat, or the throw from second base to first, it’s hard to watch a sporting event live without hearing someone loudly bemoan that they could, indeed, do the thing that the high level athlete cannot. This is nonsense,...
Banners On The Parkway Jan 23, 2022
Familiar issues plague Xavier in a loss at Marquette

Familiar issues plague Xavier in a loss at Marquette

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports A sluggish start and lack of execution around the rim undermined everything else Xavier tried to do. With 14 minutes to play, Xavier led Marquette by a score of 53-48. Colby Jones had just scored a little jumper and then assisted Jack Nunge on a wide-open three that the big man duly knocked down. This was Xavier’s high water mark. It hadn’t all been smooth sailing to get there. After Travis Steele spoke pre-game about Xavier’s slow starts and what the staff was going to do to combat them, Xavier got off to another slow start....
Banners On The Parkway Jan 22, 2022
Xavier @ Marquette: Preview, Matchups, Keys to the game

Xavier @ Marquette: Preview, Matchups, Keys to the game

The refs rightly ruled him down by contact. | Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Xavier tires to go 2-0 on their road trip when they visit a Golden Eagles squad coming off their biggest win of the season. When these teams met for the first time this season to open Big East play, Xavier was a week removed from obliterating UC, Marquette was coming off a loss to UCLA, and the Musketeers struggled early before Dwon Odom sparked them to life at the end of the first half and they were able to hold off Marquette’s second half fightback. Since the Marquette has cratered, losing...
Cincinnati Enquirer Jan 22, 2022
Scouting report: No. 20 Xavier heads to scorching Marquette Sunday for Big East rematch

Scouting report: No. 20 Xavier heads to scorching Marquette Sunday for Big East rematch

Xavier hasn't won a road game at Marquette since the 2017-18 season. The Musketeers will try and get over that history Sunday against the Big East's hottest team       
Cincinnati Enquirer Jan 21, 2022
Takeaways: What we learned from Xavier basketball's win over DePaul

Takeaways: What we learned from Xavier basketball's win over DePaul

It's not great that Xavier played poorly on Wednesday, but it is great that the Musketeers didn't fall apart because of it, they still found a way       
Cincinnati Enquirer Jan 20, 2022
Xavier basketball: 2022 four-star recruit Desmond Claude picks the Musketeers

Xavier basketball: 2022 four-star recruit Desmond Claude picks the Musketeers

Xavier basketball added another 2022 four-star recruit Thursday in 6-foot-5 point guard Desmond Claude       
Banners On The Parkway Jan 20, 2022
Xavier got what they came for in Chicago

Xavier got what they came for in Chicago

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports The Muskies earned zero style points against DePaul. It doesn't matter. "We're never going to apologize for a road win." That's how Travis Steele opened the postgame press conference last night. If there was any doubt as to whether or not he grasped how entirely gruesome the game was to watch, that line erased it. Xavier led the game for 2 minutes and 8 seconds. In the end, it was enough. There were troubling developments aplenty for Xavier. Defensive rebounding was bad, ball security took a major step back (chiefly through Paul Scruggs),...
Banners On The Parkway Jan 19, 2022
What in God’s name was that? Takeaways from an ugly win

What in God’s name was that? Takeaways from an ugly win

David Jones, probably physically ill from watching that trash | Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports A win is a win, I guess? That was dreadful and Xavier needs to be far better when they play again. There is a scene in the greatest sitcom of all time, Scrubs, in which Dr. Cox is so revolted that he simultaneously gags and throws up in his mouth. He calls it “ga-vomiting” and one can only assume that he would have a similar reaction to whatever it was Xavier was doing tonight. If the Musketeers had a gameplan, it wasn’t evident. Only the fact their opponent was DePaul...
Cincinnati Enquirer Jan 18, 2022
Analysis: A break, two stumbles against Villanova, a look back at games 13-16 for Xavier

Analysis: A break, two stumbles against Villanova, a look back at games 13-16 for Xavier

Xavier was a little all over the map in its last four games, but the Musketeers still have a schedule loaded with opportunities. Here's a look back at games 13-16.       
Cincinnati Enquirer Jan 18, 2022
Scouting report: No. 20 Xavier starts road swing Wednesday at DePaul

Scouting report: No. 20 Xavier starts road swing Wednesday at DePaul

A two-game road swing awaits the Xavier Musketeers this week in Big East play. It starts Wednesday night at DePaul       
Cincinnati Enquirer Jan 16, 2022
Attitude and effort: Xavier's Zach Freemantle showed improvement in win over Creighton

Attitude and effort: Xavier's Zach Freemantle showed improvement in win over Creighton

Xavier's a different team when Zach Freemantle plays to his potential. That showed in Saturday's win over Creighton       
Cincinnati Enquirer Jan 15, 2022
Three big things: Second-half surge lifts No. 17 Xavier over Creighton, stars step up

Three big things: Second-half surge lifts No. 17 Xavier over Creighton, stars step up

It wasn't the complete performance Xavier was looking for, but the Musketeers battled to beat Creighton on Saturday       
Cincinnati Enquirer Jan 13, 2022
Analysis: Missed opportunities plagued Xavier against Villanova

Analysis: Missed opportunities plagued Xavier against Villanova

Missed opportunities plagued Xavier on Wednesday night against Villanova. The Musketeers can't let it linger going forward.       
Banners On The Parkway Jan 12, 2022
Xavier almost comes back: Takeways from another Nova loss

Xavier almost comes back: Takeways from another Nova loss

Morons on Twitter think this was a bad look. That’s a sodding layup. | Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports Xavier spotted Villanova an enormous lead and then nearly came all the way back. That was so very close. Xavier had their senior point guard with a layup at the rim to tie the game with 16 seconds left. Paul Scruggs missed that shot, Villanova continued their incredibly hot night at the line, and Xavier lost. The Musketeers spotted Nova a 17 point lead and came roaring back, but just ran out of time. Once again, Xavier has been swept by Villanova. Once again, the...

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    Familiar issues plague Xavier in a loss at Marquette

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