Men's Basketball Hits The Road For Monday Night Game At No. 9 Villanova

Semaj Christon has averaged 21.1 points per game in BIG EAST play.

Semaj Christon has averaged 21.1 points per game in BIG EAST play.

Feb. 2, 2014

Xavier University Musketeers (15-6, 5-3 BIG EAST)
At No. 9 Villanova University Wildcats (19-2, 7-1 BIG EAST)
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. ET
The Pavilion (6,500) in Villanova, Pa.


Television & Radio

Television: FOX Sports 1 with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Tarik Turner (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, 15-6 overall and 5-3 in the BIG EAST, lost its second straight game with a 68-60 setback to Seton Hall on Saturday.

• Xavier played St. Joseph’s, La Salle and Temple many times in Philly recently but it’s XU’s first trip to Villanova since the 1994 NIT.

• Xavier is 25th in the latest Official NCAA RPI Rankings (1-27-14). The BIG EAST has 4th-best league RPI (

• Xavier is scoring 77.5 ppg. in BIG EAST play, shooting 48.4% FG and 74.5% FT.

• Xavier is first in the BIG EAST in rebound margin at +6.7 rpg. and has outrebounded 16 opponents, including the last 11.

• Xavier soph. All-America candidate Semaj Christon led Xavier with 21 points vs. Seton Hall, his 9th straight double-figure game.



• Xavier’s Semaj Christon leads XU in scoring (5th in BE at 17.1 ppg.), incl. 21.1 ppg. and 58.8% FG in BIG EAST play.

• Xavier junior Dee Davis is 2nd in the BIG EAST in assists at 4.7 apg. and sophomore Semaj Christon is tied for 6th at 4.0 apg.

• Xavier junior Matt Stainbrook leads XU in rebounding (2nd in BIG EAST at 8.8 rpg.) and is second in scoring (11.1 ppg.).

• Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds vs. Seton Hall.

• Xavier senior Isaiah Philmore has passed the 1,000 career point mark.

• Xavier junior Justin Martin has averaged 14.5 ppg. and 6.5 rpg. in BIG EAST play, scoring in double figures in 7 of 8 league games.

• 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

The Last Meeting
November 19, 2006
U.S. Virgin Islands
Stanley Burrell Lifts Xavier Over Villanova, 71-66, Paradise Jam
In another nerve-wracking finish, Stanley Burrell put Xavier on his shoulder and advanced the Musketeers to the Paradise Jam championship game with a 71-66 victory over Villanova Sunday night. Burrell scored a game-high 26 points and Justin Doellman grabbed eight rebounds to put the Musketeers in a title game tilt with Alabama Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET at the University of the Virgin Islands.