Xavier Hosts Nationally-Ranked Saint Louis On Senior Night On Wednesday
March 4, 2013
"SENIOR NIGHT" AT CINTAS CENTER
Xavier University Musketeers (16-12, 8-6 A-10)
vs. No. 16/15 Saint Louis U. Billikens (23-5, 12-2 A-10)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Cintas Center (10,250) in Cincinnati, Ohio
Television: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Ch. 1311/1311 HD in Ohio; Channel 9 in N. Ky.) with play-by-play from Bob McElligott and analysis from Tony White. The game will be available via free on-line stream to fans outside Ohio on GoXavier.com. The Saint Louis TV broadcast will be shown on FOX Sports Midwest.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM with play-by-play from XU Hall of Famer and former Musketeer standout Joe Sunderman (`79) and analysis from Xavier Hall of Famer and XU all-time leading scorer Byron Larkin (`88). The XU broadcast is available via iHeart Radio.
The X's And O's
Xavier will honor seniors Brad Redford, Jeff Robinson, and Travis Taylor before the game. Xavier also welcomes back its student crowd, most of whom missed the first three games of the homestand due to Xavier's unusually early Spring Break.
Xavier, 16-12 overall and 8-6 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, is coming off a 77-72 loss to Massachusetts on Saturday at Cintas Center. UMass hit 13 3-pointers, which tied the Cintas Center record for an XU opponent. Freshman Semaj Christon led Xavier with 17 points and six assists.
Xavier is first in field goal percentage defense (.408) in the A-10, second in scoring defense (62.3 ppg.), and third in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.324).
XU is second in the A-10 in rebounding margin at +5.2 rpg. and has out-rebounded 16 of its last 18 opponents, including Memphis (45-36) and UMass (41-30) last week.
Xavier senior Travis Taylor is the Atlantic 10 Conference's rebound leader at 8.6 rpg. and XU's second-leading scorer at 11.8 ppg. Xavier has only had one player ever lead the Atlantic 10 in rebounding and that was former National Player of the Year and two-time NBA All-Star David West, who is now with the Indiana Pacers.
Xavier freshman Semaj Christon, six-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, leads XU in scoring (seventh overall and first among freshmen in the A-10 at 15.0 ppg.) and has scored in double figures in 16 straight games. Christon also leads XU in assists (fifth overall and second among freshmen in the A-10 at 4.6 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg.).
Xavier freshman Semaj Christon is now second on XU's all-time freshman scoring list with 406 points and is 87 point shy of breaking the XU freshman scoring record. His 123 assists leave him 17 assists shy of breaking the XU freshman assist record.
Xavier junior Isaiah Philmore has averaged 11.0 ppg. over the last eight games, while shooting 61.7 percent (29-of-47) from the field.
Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is 89-42 (.679) overall and 47-15 (.758) in A-10 regular season play as Xavier's head coach. Mack led Xavier to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons, including the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012.
Xavier is one of only four teams that have made the NCAA Sweet 16 four times in the last five years (2008-12). Xavier is one of only eight schools that have made at least the last seven straight NCAA Tournaments.
Xavier is ranked 11th in the nation in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate at 97 percent. Xavier men's basketball was among 14 XU programs at 100 percent.
Xavier has graduated each of the last 88 men's basketball players that have played as seniors, a streak which dates back to 1986. Brad Redford and Travis Taylor have already completed the work for their bachelor's degrees.