Men's Basketball Shoots To Bounce Back At Madison Square Garden

Justin Martin has been one of the team leaders in BIG EAST play.

Justin Martin has been one of the team leaders in BIG EAST play.

Feb. 24, 2014

Xavier University Musketeers (18-9, 8-6 BIG EAST)
at St. John's University Red Storm (18-10, 8-7 BIG EAST)
Tues., Feb. 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden (19,979) in NYC


Television & Radio

Television: FOX Sports 1 with Rich Ackerman (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 is making its first trip to Madison Square Garden since the 2002-03 season.

• Xavier has been to Madison Square Garden for the National Invitation Tournament four times, including winning the 1958 NIT Championship.

• Xavier is 18-9 overall and tied for third in the BIG EAST Conference at 8-6.

• Xavier is first in the BIG EAST in rebound margin at +5.7 rpg. and has outrebounded 19 opponents.

• Xavier soph. All-America candidate Semaj Christon has scored in double figures in 15 straight games.



• Xavier's Semaj Christon leads XU in scoring (7th in BE at 16.5 ppg.), incl. 18.2 ppg. and 55.7% FG in BIG EAST play.

• Xavier jr. Dee Davis is 2nd in the BIG EAST in assists at 4.9 apg., while soph. Semaj Christon is 7th at 4.0 apg.

• Xavier's Dee Davis (123) and Semaj Christon (109) have over 100 assists. Last XU duo to do that? Tu Holloway/Jordan Crawford in 2009-10.

• Xavier junior Matt Stainbrook leads XU in rebounding (2nd in BIG EAST at 8.3 rpg.) and is third in scoring (11.0 ppg.).

• Xavier jr. Justin Martin has averaged 14.7 ppg. and 5.5 rpg. in BIG EAST play, including a career-high 22 points with 7 reb. vs. DePaul.

• Xavier's Justin Martin has scored in double figures in 12 of XU's 14 BIG EAST games; he has 14 double-figure scoring games this season.

• Xavier freshman Jalen Reynolds has averaged 13.6 minutes per game over the last five 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 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. 

The Last Meeting
St. John's60
December 31, 2013
Cincinnati, Ohio
Xavier Comes Up BIG In Conference Opening 70-60 Win Over St. John's
Xavier used a 43-point second half to defeat St. John's, 70-60, in the opening game of the BIG EAST Conference season and the program's first ever match-up in the league in front of a raucous packed house of 10,250 at Cintas Center. The victory improves the Musketeers' overall record to 11-3 (1-0 in the BIG EAST) and snapped The Red Storm's three- game winning streak, dropping St. John's to 9-4 overall (0-1 in the BIG EAST).