Tu Holloway won the MVP Award for both XU-UD regular season games last season.
Jan. 19, 2012
Xavier University Musketeers (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic 10)
University of Dayton Flyers (13-5, 3-1Atlantic 10)
Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 1 p.m. ET
University of Dayton Arena (13,266)
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Television: ESPN2 and ESPN3 with play-by-play from Jim Barbar and analysis from LaPhonso Ellis.
Radio: 55KRC-AM and Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 191 with play-by-play from Xavier Hall of Famer and former XU standout Joe Sunderman (`79). Analysis will be provided by Xavier Hall of Famer and XU all-time leading scorer Byron Larkin (`88).
Xavier, 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, is coming off its fourth straight win, a 68-55 win over Saint Joseph's on Wednesday at Cintas Center. Junior Mark Lyons led four Xavier players in double figures in scoring with 17 points, while junior Jeff Robinson scored 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field.
Xavier is ranked 36th in the latest Collegerpi.com ratings. In fact, collegerpi.com had 11 of the 14 Atlantic 10 teams ranked in the top 105 as of Jan. 19.
Xavier's bench has averaged 19.9 ppg. in its 13 wins this season, including 24.3 ppg. during the current winning streak. XU's bench averaged 10.4 ppg. in its five losses.
Xavier and Dayton have met 155 times, the first time being in the 1919-20 season. The two teams have met 56 times more than any other XU opponent.
Xavier third-year head coach Chris Mack has 10 players averaging over 11 minutes per game this season.
Xavier is ranked first in the Atlantic 10 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.277) and is second in field goal percentage defense (.384).
Xavier junior Mark Lyons leads the team in scoring and is tied for third in the Atlantic 10 at 16.4 ppg., and is second on the team in assists at 2.6 apg.
Xavier senior All-American Tu Holloway is second on the team in scoring at 15.4 ppg. (10th in the Atlantic 10 Conference) and leads the team in assists at 5.6 apg. (fourth in the A-10). Holloway also leads the team in steals (tied for fourth in the A-10 at 2.0 spg.) and free throw percentage (fourth in the A-10 at .846).
Xavier freshman Dezmine Wells, a preseason A-10 All-Rookie selection, is third on the team in scoring at 10.5 ppg. and in rebounding at 5.4 rpg., including 12.6 ppg. and a team-high 7.4 rpg. in Atlantic 10 Conference games.
Xavier junior Jeff Robinson has averaged 12.3 ppg. over the last three games while shooting 89.5 percent (17-of-19) from the field over that stretch.
Xavier senior Kenny Frease is fourth on the team in scoring at 9.2 ppg., second in rebounding at 5.8 rpg. and first in blocks at 1.5 bpg.
Xavier graduate student Andre Walker leads the team in rebounding at 6.4 rpg. (11th in the Atlantic 10), including a career-high tying 14 rebounds at Fordham on Jan. 7. He is also averaging 5.9 points and 2.2 assists per game, including a career-high seven assists against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 14.
Xavier made its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011, one of only 12 schools that can say that. Xavier has made 10 of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments.
Xavier has graduated each of the last 83 men's basketball players that have played as seniors, a streak which dates back to 1986.