Men's Basketball Team Prepares To Open Atlantic 10 Conference Play On Thursday
Jan. 8, 2013
ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE OPENER
Xavier University Musketeers (7-6, 0-0 A-10)
vs. Temple University Owls (10-3, 0-0 A-10)
Thur., Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ET
XU's Cintas Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Television: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (ch. 311/1311 HD in Ohio; channel 9 in Northern Kentucky) with play-by-play from Bob McElligott and analysis from Dave Cecutti.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM with play-by-play from XU 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's And O's
Xavier has won outright or shared nine Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championships since joining the league for the 1995-96 season, including five of the last six seasons. This is Xavier's 18th season in the Atlantic 10.
Xavier, 7-6, lost its fourth straight game with a 66-59 loss at Wake Forest on Jan. 2. Xavier battled back from an 11-point second-half deficit to take the lead but offensive droughts fueled by a season-high 20 turnovers doomed XU. Senior Travis Taylor led Xavier in scoring with 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field to go with 10 rebounds, his fourth straight double-figure scoring game and his third double-double in four games.
Xavier senior Travis Taylor is XU's rebound leader at 7.4 rpg. (fifth in Atlantic 10), while standing second in scoring at 11.8 ppg. Taylor ranks first on the team and eighth in the A-10 in field goal percentage (.549). He has averaged 15.5 ppg. and 9.5 rpg. over the last four games while shooting 62.8 percent, including double-doubles vs. Wofford, Cincinnati and Wake Forest.
Xavier freshman Semaj Christon leads XU in scoring (13.4 ppg.), assists (4th in A-10 at 4.8 apg.) and steals (1.5 spg.). He is a two-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week.
Xavier sophomore Justin Martin is fourth on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg.) and tied for second in rebounding (5.5 rpg.), including a career-high 12 rebounds at Tennessee.
Xavier junior Isaiah Philmore, a Towson transfer who became eligible in the fourth game of the season, is tied for second on the team in rebounding at 5.5 rpg.
Xavier sophomore Dee Davis is third on the team in scoring at 10.0 ppg. and is second in assists at 3.8 apg. He had seven points, six assists, three steals and just one turnover at Tennessee on Dec. 29.
Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is 80-36 (.690) overall as Xavier's head coach. Mack led Xavier to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons, including the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012.
Xavier is one of only four teams that have made the NCAA Sweet 16 four times in the last five years (2008-12): Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and Xavier. No team has made all of the last five Sweet 16s. Xavier is one of only eight schools that have made at least the last seven straight NCAA Tournaments.
Xavier is ranked 11th in the nation in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate at 97 percent. Xavier men's basketball was among 14 XU programs at 100 percent.
Xavier has graduated each of the last 88 men's basketball players that have played as seniors, a streak which dates back to 1986.