Nationally-ranked Men's Basketball Team Looks For 11th Straight Win On Saturday

Senior Josh Duncan is the leading scorer for the 2008 Atlantic 10 Champion Xavier Musketeers.

Senior Josh Duncan is the leading scorer for the 2008 Atlantic 10 Champion Xavier Musketeers.

Feb. 28, 2008

No. 9/11 Xavier Univ. Musketeers (24-4, 12-1 A-10)


George Washington Univ. Colonials (9-14, 5-8 A-10)

Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Cintas Center (10,250) • Xavier University Campus in Cincinnati, Ohio




Series: Xavier leads the series 21-9, including a 74-66 win over GW on January 19 at the Smith Center.  The Musketeers have won 11 of the last 13 meetings.

Television: CBS College Sports Network regional broadcast, including FSN Ohio locally, with play-by-play from Tom Hart and analysis from former Musketeer captain Steve Wolf (XU `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 Saint Joseph's on Thursday, March 6.


The X's and O's

Xavier, 12-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, has clinched sole possession of its second straight A-10 regular season title. XU will have the top seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming A-10 Tournament and will play its first game at noon on Thursday, March 13. Xavier has a combined 25-4 (.862) A-10 regular season record over the past two seasons.


• Xavier, 24-4 overall, won its 10th straight game and 16th in the last 17 games with a 57-51 win at Dayton on Sunday, XU's fifth straight win over the Flyers.


• Xavier's 10-game winning streak is the longest under fourth-year head coach Sean Miller. XU won nine straight at one point last season. The current streak of 10 straight wins mark the longest since XU won a school-record 16 straight games during David West's senior year in the 2002-03 season.


• Xavier has won six straight road games, which equals XU's longest since XU won eight straight road games during the 2002-03 season.


• Xavier, 24-4, has already tied the school record for most regular season wins (24), which has been reached three other times: 1987-88, 1989-90 and 2002-03. The record for most wins in an entire season belongs to the 1989-90 "Sweet 16' team (28-5).


• Xavier is ninth in the Associated Press Poll, XU's highest ranking since being ranked a school-record seventh early in the 1997-98 season (12-7-97). XU is 11th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, which is XU's highest since being ranked 10th late in the 2002-03 season (3-10-03).


• Xavier is ranked sixth in the latest RPI ratings for (2-27-08).


• Xavier, 24-4, has secured its third straight 20-win season and its 11th 20-win season in the last 12 years.


• For the second straight year Xavier finished February with a perfect 7-0 record.


• March has also been successful. Xavier holds the second-best record in March in NCAA Division I since 2001-02: Kansas (35-10 for .778), Xavier (29-9 for .763), Florida (30-11 for .732), Ohio State (26-10 for .722) and Connecticut (29-12 for .707).


• Xavier leads the Atlantic 10 in five major categories: scoring margin (+14.2 ppg.), rebounding margin (+5.9 rpg.), field goal percentage defense (.401), free-throw percentage (.760) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.20-to-1.00).


• Senior Josh Duncan has scored a team-high 13.2 ppg. for XU's 13 A-10 games while shooting 59.4 percent from the field, including 53.7 percent from three-point. He shared the Blackburn/McCafferty Game MVP with senior Stanley Burrell at UD.