Men's Basketball Takes Three-Game Winning Streak Into Saturday's Game Vs. La Salle
Jan. 18, 2013
Xavier University Musketeers (10-6, 3-0 A-10)
vs. La Salle Univ. Explorers (12-4, 2-1 A-10)
Sat., Jan. 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Cintas Center (10,250) in Cincinnati, Ohio
Television: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Ch. 311/1311 HD in Ohio; Channel 9 in Northern Kentucky) with play-by-play from Tim Bray and analysis from Tony White. The game will also be available via on-line stream to fans outside Ohio on GoXavier.com.
The X's And O's
Xavier, 10-6 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, won its third straight game with a 66-64 victory at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night. Freshman Semaj Christon led Xavier with 19 points and a career-high 10 assists, while senior Brad Redford scored 17 points on the strength of five 3-pointers.
Xavier is third in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage defense (.404), second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.302), and second in scoring defense (60.6 ppg.).
Xavier has won outright or shared nine Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championships, including five of the last six seasons.
Xavier freshman Semaj Christon, three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week selection, leads XU in scoring (13th overall and first among freshmen in the Atlantic 10 at 14.5 ppg.), assists (third overall and first among freshmen in the A-10 at 5.1 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg.). He recorded his first career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 10 assists at St. Bonaventure, including 15 points in the second half.
Xavier senior Brad Redford hit a career-high seven 3-pointers out of eight attempts on his way to a career-high 21 points against George Washington. Redford, who is third in the A-10 in 3-point percentage (.469), followed that up with 17 points on the strength of five 3-pointers at St. Bonaventure. He has averaged 15.7 ppg. in A-10 play.
Xavier senior Travis Taylor is XU's rebound leader at 7.8 rpg. (fifth in Atlantic 10), while standing second in scoring at 11.3 ppg.
Xavier sophomore Justin Martin, who is fourth on the team in scoring (8.6 ppg.) and third in rebounding (5.1 rpg.), has recorded nine double-figure scoring games.
Xavier sophomore Dee Davis is third on the team in scoring (9.5 ppg.) and second in assists (3.7 apg.). Davis sat out the last two games and played 10 minutes vs. Temple.
Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is 83-36 (.697) 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.