Jan. 7, 2014
Xavier University Musketeers (12-3, 2-0 BIG EAST)
vs. Marquette Univ. Golden Eagles (9-6, 1-1 BIG EAST)
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET
Cintas Center (10,250) in Cincinnati, Ohio
Television: FOX Sports 1: Thom Brennaman (play-by-play) and Donny Marshall (analysis).
Radio: 700 WLW-AM and nationally via iHeartRadio with play-by-play from Xavier Hall of Famer and former Musketeer standout Joe Sunderman (`79). Analysis will be provided by Xavier Hall of Famer and XU all-time leading scorer Byron Larkin (`88).
The X factors...IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS
Xavier, 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the BIG EAST, has won seven straight games, including wins over Butler (79-68) and St. John's (70-60).
Xavier has recorded an assist on 57.8% of field goals compared to 48.2% in 2012-13.
Xavier had only seven players average 9.0 minutes or more per game last season. This season XU has 10 players over 10 minutes per game.
Xavier sophomore Semaj Christon leads XU in scoring (14.7 ppg.), assists (4.5 apg.) and steals (1.5 spg.).
Xavier's Semaj Christon has 25 assists and only one turnover in the last four games, including back-to-back 8-assist and 0-turnover games.
Xavier jr. Matt Stainbrook leads XU in rebounding at 8.5 rpg. (3rd in BIG EAST) & blocks at 1.6 bpg. (4th in BE).
Xavier senior Isaiah Philmore has averaged 10.3 ppg. and 9.0 rpg. over the last four games.
Xavier soph. James Farr is 3rd in the BIG EAST in field goal pct. (.600) and tied for 15th in rebounding (5.7 rpg.).
Xavier junior Justin Martin has averaged 14.0 ppg. and 6.5 rpg. in BIG EAST play.
Xavier junior Dee Davis is second on XU in assists (7th in BIG EAST at 4.0 apg.) and is second in steals (14th in BE at 1.3 spg.).
Xavier freshman Myles Davis is 10th in the BIG EAST in 3-pointers per game (1.9) and 8th in 3-point percentage (.431).
Xavier freshman Brandon Randolph leads XU in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.25-to-1.00.
Xavier has made two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances in addition to three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in the last 10 years.
Xavier is one of 14 schools to make at least 7 NCAA Tournaments in the last 8 years.
Xavier is first in the BIG EAST and ranked tied for 12th in the nation in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate at 97 percent.
Xavier has graduated the last 91 men's basketball players that have played as seniors, including Isaiah Philmore and Erik Stenger.