Men's Basketball Team Shoots For A Big Road Win At UMass
Feb. 20, 2012
Xavier University Musketeers (17-9, 8-4 Atlantic 10)
Television: CBS Sports Network Regional production (shown locally on FOX Sports Ohio) with play-by-play from Jason Knapp and analysis from former Musketeer captain Steve Wolf (Xavier `83).
Xavier, 17-9 overall and 8-4 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, is coming off an 86-83 overtime win over Dayton Saturday at Cintas Center. Senior Tu Holloway led Xavier with 32 points, including 7 of XU's 11 points in overtime. Junior Mark Lyons came up big with 20 points. XU has not lost to Dayton in Cincinnati since 1981.
CollegeRPI.com (2-20-12) has Xavier at No. 53. Eight Atlantic 10 teams are among the top 90 teams, according to CollegeRPI.com, including Massachusetts at No. 88.
Xavier is second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in overall field-goal percentage
defense (.394) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.309).
Xavier senior All-American Tu Holloway leads the team in scoring at 17.3 ppg.
(second in the Atlantic 10 Conference) and leads the team in assists at 5.6 apg. (fourth in the A-10). Holloway is the only A-10 player in the top five in the league in both scoring and assists. He also leads the team in steals (eighth in the A-10 at 1.6 spg.) and free throw percentage (fourth in the A-10 at .860).
Xavier's Tu Holloway earned Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Dayton that included 32 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. It is his second A-10 weekly honor this season.
Xavier's Tu Holloway is third on XU's all-time assist list with 518 assists and has dished off 100 or more assists in three straight seasons.
Xavier's Tu Holloway is 11th on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,652 career points and is 38 shy of the top 10 (10th place Nick Daniels with 1,690 from 1975-79).
Xavier's Tu Holloway has hit 623 career free throws, which is 39 free throws shy of the school record set by 2003 National Player of the Year David West (1999-2003). Holloway's career free throw percentage is on pace to break the school record also.
Xavier junior Mark Lyons is second on the team in scoring (seventh in the A-10) at 16.0 ppg. Lyons, who now has 1,066 career points, is 44th on XU's all-time scoring list.
Xavier freshman Dezmine Wells, a preseason A-10 All-Rookie selection, is third on the team in scoring at 9.9 ppg. and in rebounding at 5.2 rpg. He had a career game at Memphis on Feb. 4, hitting 8-of-10 from the field en route to a career-high 19 points.
Xavier senior Kenny Frease is fourth on the team in scoring at 8.5 ppg., second on the team in rebounding at 5.7 rpg. and first in blocks at 1.1 bpg.
Xavier graduate student Andre Walker leads the team in rebounding at 6.0 rpg., including a career-high tying 14 rebounds at Fordham on Jan. 7.
Xavier made its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011, one of only 12 schools that can say that. Xavier has made 10 of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments.
Xavier has graduated each of the last 83 men's basketball players that have played as seniors, a streak which dates back to 1986.