Men's Basketball Looks To Bounce Back On The Road Saturday
Jan. 25, 2013
Xavier University Musketeers (11-7, 4-1 A-10)
at Saint Joseph's Univ. Hawks (10-7, 1-3 A-10)
Sat., Jan. 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. ET
Hagan Arena (4,200) in Philadelphia, Pa.
Television: CBS Sports Network with play-by-play from Dave Ryan and analysis from Pete Gillen, Xavier's all-time winningest head coach.
The X's And O's
Xavier, 11-7 overall and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, had its four-game winning streak snapped at Charlotte on Wednesday, 63-57. Xavier was led by senior Travis Taylor, who had a double-double with a game-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds, while freshman Semaj Christon tied for game-high scoring honors with 18 points.
Xavier is second in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage defense (.408), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.303), and scoring defense (60.8 ppg.).
Xavier is playing the second of two straight road games. XU is on a stretch of four out of five on the road and six out of eight on the road.
Xavier freshman Semaj Christon leads XU in scoring (10th overall and first among freshmen in the A-10 at 14.9 ppg.), assists (fourth overall and second among freshmen in the A-10 at 4.9 apg.) and steals (12th in the A-10 at 1.6 spg.).
Xavier senior Brad Redford has scored in double figures in three of the last four games. Redford, who is second in the A-10 in 3-point percentage (.467) for all games, has averaged 13.0 ppg. in A-10 play so far (second on the team and 18th in the A-10 for conference games only).
Xavier senior Travis Taylor is XU's rebound leader at 8.2 rpg. (fourth in Atlantic 10), while standing second in scoring at 11.6 ppg. He is averaging 10.2 rpg. in A-10 play.
Xavier sophomore Justin Martin, who is fifth on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg.) and third in rebounding (4.9 rpg.), has recorded nine double-figure scoring games.
Xavier sophomore Dee Davis returned to the lineup against La Salle on Jan. 19 after missing two games with a wrist injury and contributed seven assists and only one turnover. Davis is third on the team in scoring (8.9 ppg.) and second in assists (3.8 apg.).
Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is 84-37 (.694) overall and 43-10 (.811) in A-10 regular season play 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.