Men's Basketball Faces No. 14 Creighton In BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals

Justin Martin has averaged 20 ppg. and 12 rpg. in two games against Creighton this season.

Justin Martin has averaged 20 ppg. and 12 rpg. in two games against Creighton this season.

March 14, 2014

No. 3 Seed Xavier Univ. Musketeers (21-11) 
Vs. No. 2 Seed Creighton Univ. Bluejays (25-6)
Fri., March 14, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden in NYC


The Last Meeting
March 1, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio
Martin, Christon Power Musketeers Past No. 9/10 Creighton, 75-69
Xavier energized a standing-room-only Cintas Center crowd by scoring 75-69 victory over the No. 9/10 Creighton BlueJays.


Television & Radio 

Television: FOX Sports 1 with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst) and 
Erin Andrews (sideline reporter).

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 game is also on Westwood One with Kevin Kugler (pbp) and John Thompson (analyst) calling the action.

The X factors...IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

• Xavier is playing in its first BIG EAST Tournament; XU won 4 tourney titles in the Atlantic 10 (1996-2013) and 6 in the MCC (1980-95).

• Xavier soph. Semaj Christon, unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST and XU’s leading scorer, has scored in double figures in 20 straight games.



• Xavier’s Semaj Christon passed 1,000 career points during his 18-pt. game last night, only the second XU soph. to ever reach that mark.

• Xavier senior Isaiah Philmore has scored 1,135 collegiate points.

• Xavier is 21-11 overall and the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. XU beat No. 6 seed Marquette 68-65 last night.

• 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 jr. Dee Davis is 2nd in the BIG EAST in assists at 4.8 apg., while soph. Semaj Christon is 6th at 4.1 apg.

• Xavier junior Matt Stainbrook, honorable mention All-BIG EAST Conference selection, leads XU in rebounding at 7.5 rpg. (2nd in BIG EAST).

• Xavier junior Matt Stainbrook, who suffered a strained MCL in his left knee at Seton Hall on March 3, returned to action last night.

• Xavier jr. Justin Martin averaged 14.2 ppg. and 5.9 rpg. in BIG EAST reg. season, incl. 19 pts. and 16 reb. vs. Creighton March 1.

• Xavier fr. Jalen Reynolds, who had an XU freshman record-tying 16 reb. on Feb. 25 vs. St. John’s at MSG, has started the last two games. 

• Xavier has made two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances in addition to three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in the last 10 years. 

• Xavier, Marquette, Georgetown and Villanova are four 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