Xavier Heads To Indianapolis To Face Butler In Crucial Atlantic 10 Matchup To End Regular Season
March 8, 2013
Xavier University Musketeers (17-12, 9-6 A-10)
vs. Butler University Bulldogs (23-7, 10-5 A-10)
Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000) in Indianapolis, Ind.
Television: CBS Sports Network with play-by-play from Brad Johansen and analysis from John Griffin.
The X’s And O’s
• Xavier, 17-12 overall and 9-6 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, is coming off a 77-66 overtime win over No. 16/15 Saint Louis on Wednesday at Cintas Center. Senior Travis Taylor celebrated his “Senior Night” with 19 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. Freshman Semaj Christon contributed 20 points, a career-high tying seven rebounds, and seven assists.
• Xavier is first in field goal percentage defense (.403) in the A-10, second in scoring defense (62.4 ppg.), and third in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.319). XU is second in the A-10 in rebounding margin at +5.2 rpg. and has out-rebounded 17 of its last 19 opponents, including the last three: Memphis, UMass and Saint Louis.
• Xavier senior Travis Taylor is the Atlantic 10 Conference’s rebound leader at 9.0 rpg., including an A-10 best 10.3 rpg. in Atlantic 10 action. Taylor, Xavier’s second-leading scorer at 12.0 ppg., had 19 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots in the Saint Louis win on Wed. 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 (tied for sixth overall and first among freshmen in the A-10 at 15.2 ppg.) and has scored in double figures in 17 straight games, including 20 points in the Saint Louis win. He also leads XU in assists (sixth overall and second among freshmen in the A-10 at 4.6 apg.) and steals (12th overall and second among A-10 freshmen at 1.4 spg.).
• Xavier freshman Semaj Christon is now second on XU’s all-time freshman scoring list with 426 points and is 67 points shy of breaking the XU freshman scoring record. His 130 assists leave him 10 assists shy of breaking the XU freshman assist record.
• Xavier junior Isaiah Philmore has averaged 10.7 ppg. over the last nine games.
• Xavier senior Brad Redford has scored in double figures in four straight games for the first time in his career. Redford ranks first in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 3-point shooting percentage at 44.6 percent.
• Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is 90-42 (.682) overall and 48-15 (.762) 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.