Men's Basketball Hosts No. 6 Villanova On Thursday For Senior Night

Erik Stenger is one of the seniors who will be honored before the game.

Erik Stenger is one of the seniors who will be honored before the game.

March 5, 2014

Xavier Univ. Musketeers (20-10, 10-7 BIG EAST) Vs.
No. 6 Villanova Univ. Wildcats (26-3, 14-2 BIG EAST)
Thur., March 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Cintas Center (10,250) in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Last Meeting
February 3, 2014
Philadelphia, Pa.
Xavier Suffers Third-Straight Loss, Falling At Villanova, 81-58
Xavier dropped its third-straight game, falling 81-58 at No. 9/6 Villanova on Monday evening. XU's record slid to 15-7 (5-4 BIG EAST) with the loss and VU improved to 20-2 (8-1 BIG EAST).


Xavier University Athletics announced Wednesday afternoon that Thursday's game against No. 6 Villanova is a sellout but fans without tickets still have options for seeing the game in person at Cintas Center. Tickets are sold out, but premium seats are still available from Vivid Seats, the preferred ticket reseller of Xavier Athletics.

In addition to the Vivid Seats option, Xavier will be selling Standing Room Only seats for the second-straight home game through the Xavier Athletic Ticket Office. A limited number of tickets have been made available for lower level standing room on the north balcony above the student section. These tickets are ONLY available through the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office in person, or online at

Television & Radio

Television: FOX Sports 1 with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Donny Marshall (analysis).

Radio: 55KRC-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 will honor three senior players and two seniors program assistants for Senior Night before the Villanova game.

• Xavier senior Isaiah Philmore has scored 1,110 career collegiate points; soph. Semaj Christon has 966 career points.

• Xavier is 20-10 overall and tied for third in the BIG EAST Conference at 10-7.

• Xavier is hosting its second Top 10 team in less than a week; XU defeated then-
No. 9 Creighton last Saturday.

• Xavier has secured its eighth 20-win season in the last nine years and its 16th
20-win season in the last 18 years.

• Xavier soph. Semaj Christon, selected as the ESPN National Player of the Week, has scored in double figures in 18 straight games.

• Xavier's Semaj Christon leads XU in scoring (4th in BE at 17.0 ppg.), including a career-high tying 28 at Seton Hall.

• Xavier jr. Dee Davis is 2nd in the BIG EAST in assists at 5.0 apg., while soph. Semaj Christon is tied-6th at 4.0 apg.

• Xavier's Dee Davis (139) and Semaj Christon (121) have over 100 assists. Last XU duo to do that? Tu Holloway/Jordan Crawford in 2009-10.

• Xavier jr. Justin Martin has averaged 13.8 ppg. and 5.9 rpg. in BIG EAST play, including 19 pts. and a career-high 16 reb. vs. Creighton.

• Xavier fr. Jalen Reynolds is the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week; 11.5 ppg. & 12.5 rpg. in wins at St. John's and vs. Creighton.

• Xavier's Justin Martin and Jalen Reynolds have each posted 16-rebound games, tying for the fifth-best total at XU over the last 10 years.

• 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.

• Xavier has graduated the last 91 men's basketball players that have played as seniors, including Isaiah Philmore and Erik Stenger