Men's Basketball Returns Home On Saturday To Host Providence
Feb. 6, 2014
Xavier University Musketeers (15-7, 5-4 BIG EAST)
Television & Radio
Television: FOX Sports 1 with Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and Donny Marshall (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, 15-7 overall and 5-4 in the BIG EAST, lost its third straight game on Monday night at No. 6 Villanova.
Xavier is 36th and Providence is 37th in the Official NCAA RPI Rankings (2-3-14). The BIG EAST has 4th-best league RPI (CBSSports.com).
Xavier has already played every team in the BIG EAST Conference once.
Xavier plays two straight and four of five on the road after this Feb. 8 game vs. Providence.
Xavier is first in the BIG EAST in rebound margin at +6.3 rpg. and has outrebounded 16 opponents, including 11 of the last 12.
Xavier soph. All-America candidate Semaj Christon led Xavier with 17 points at Villanova, his 10th straight double-figure game.
Xavier's Semaj Christon leads XU in scoring (5th in BE at 17.1 ppg.), incl. 20.7 ppg. and 56.4% FG in BIG EAST play.
Xavier junior Matt Stainbrook leads XU in rebounding (2nd in BIG EAST at 8.9 rpg.) and is second in scoring (11.2 ppg.).
Xavier's Matt Stainbrook has recorded six double-doubles in scoring-rebounding, including each of the last two games.
Xavier senior Isaiah Philmore has passed the 1,000 career point mark.
Xavier junior Justin Martin has averaged 14.3 ppg. and 6.0 rpg. in BIG EAST play, scoring in double figures in 8 of 9 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.