Men's Basketball Team Returns Home For Wednesday BIG EAST Matchup With DePaul

Semaj Christon scored 27 points in XU's win at DePaul in January.

Semaj Christon scored 27 points in XU's win at DePaul in January.

Feb. 17, 2014

Xavier University Musketeers (17-8, 7-5 BIG EAST)
DePaul Univ. Blue Demons (10-16, 2-11 BIG EAST)
Wed., Feb. 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. ET
Cintas Center (10,250) in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Last Meeting
January 20, 2014
Chicago, Ill.
Big First Half Carries Xavier Past DePaul, 84-74
Xavier scored 50 points in the first half and withstood a scrappy second-half effort from DePaul (10-10, 2-5) to win its first BIG EAST road game, 84-74. The Musketeers shot a season-best 58.3 percent (28-of-48), but also committed a season-high 21 turnovers that allowed the Blue Demons to hang around.


Television & Radio

Television: CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play) and former Musketeer captain Steve Wolf (analysis).

Radio: 55KRC-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 will give away throwback Chris Mack bobbleheads (Mack the player in his XU uniform) to the first 3,000 fans at this game.

• Xavier, 17-8 overall and tied for third in the BIG EAST at 7-5, is coming off an 81-72 loss at Marquette on Saturday.

• Xavier is first in the BIG EAST in rebound margin at +6.0 rpg. and has outrebounded 18 opponents.

• Xavier soph. All-America candidate Semaj Christon has scored in double figures in 13 straight games.



• Xavier's Semaj Christon leads XU in scoring (8th in BE at 16.6 ppg.), incl. 18.6 ppg. and 54.5% FG in BIG EAST play.

• Xavier jr. Dee Davis is second in the BIG EAST in assists at 4.9 apg., including his nine-assist, one-turnover game at Butler on Feb. 11.

• 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 junior Justin Martin has averaged 14.3 ppg. and 5.5 rpg. in BIG EAST play.

• Xavier's Justin Martin has scored in double figures in 10 of XU's 12 BIG EAST games, including a game-high 20 at Marquette on Saturday.

• Xavier freshman Jalen Reynolds contributed six points and a game-high tying seven rebounds in 14 minutes at Marquette on Saturday.

• Xavier has averaged 10,010 fans for its 212 games played so far at the 10,250-seat Cintas Center since it opened for the 2000-01 season.

• 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 only 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