Nationally-Ranked Men's Basketball Team Looks For Its Ninth Straight Win
Feb. 20, 2008
No. 10/12 Xavier Univ. Musketeers (22-4, 10-1 A-10)
Duquesne University Dukes (16-8, 6-5 A-10)
Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Cintas Center (10,250) Xavier University Campus in Cincinnati, Ohio
Series: Xavier leads the series 24-16, although Duquesne upset Xavier 93-91 in Pittsburgh last season. XU holds a 16-5 advantage since they became A-10 rivals in the 1995-96 season.
Television: FSN Ohio with play-by-play from Brad Johansen and analysis from former Musketeer captain Steve Wolf (`83).
Radio: 700 WLW-AM and XM satellite channel 173 with play-by-play from XU 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).
Next for X: Xavier visits Atlantic 10 rival Dayton on Sunday.
Xavier Media Information: Contact associate athletic director for media
relations Tom Eiser -- email: firstname.lastname@example.org, office: 513-745-3124,
cell: 513-382-5565, fax: 513-745-2825.
The X's and O's
Xavier, 22-4 overall and alone in first place at 10-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, won its eighth straight game and 14th in the last 15 games with an 81-77 win at Rhode Island on Monday.
Xavier's eight-game winning streak is the second-longest under fourth-year head coach Sean Miller. XU won nine straight at one point last season. Xavier has won five straight road games, its longest road winning streak since winning its last five road games of the 2003-04 season.
Xavier is 10th in the Associated Press Poll, equalling XU's highest ranking since being ranked 10th late in the 2002-03 season (3-10-03). XU is 12th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, which is XU's highest since also being ranked 10th late in the 2002-03 season (3-10-03). XU is ranked eighth in the latest RPI ratings for collegerpi.com (2-19-08).
Xavier, 22-4, has secured its third straight 20-win season and its 11th 20-win season in the last 12 years. XU entered this season with 20 20-win seasons in the last 25 years, a record that was eighth best among all NCAA Division I schools for the period from the 1982-83 season through the 2006-07 season.
Xavier has a combined 23-4 (.852) Atlantic 10 regular season record over the past two seasons. XU and UMass shared the 2007 A-10 Regular Season Championship with identical 13-3 marks, although XU won the only meeting between the two teams.
Xavier leads the Atlantic 10 in five major categories: scoring margin (+14.0 ppg.), rebounding margin (+6.2 rpg.), field goal percentage defense (.405), free-throw percentage (.759) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.22-to-1.00).
Xavier boasts a balanced scoring attack with six players in double figures in scoring ranging from 10.2 ppg. to 11.7 ppg.
Xavier senior Josh Duncan has scored a team-high 13.6 ppg. for XU's 10 Atlantic 10 games while shooting a team-high 61.4 percent from the field, including 58.3 percent from three-point territory. He scored a career-high tying 25 points at Charlotte and followed that up with 23 points at URI.
Josh Duncan, who was named as the Burger King "King of the Night" on ESPN this past Monday, has hit a school record 16 straight field goal attempts over the last three games, including eight straight three-pointers. For the record, the NCAA Division I record is 25 straight, which was set in 1978 on all two-point field goals.