Xavier Prepares For South Regional Semifinal Matchup Against Baylor
March 20, 2012
No. 10 Seed Xavier Univ. Musketeers (23-12)
Television: CBS (WKRC-TV 12 locally) with play-by-play from Jim Nantz and analysis from Clark Kellogg along with sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
Xavier is one of only four teams that have made the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 four times in the last five years (2008-12). That list includes Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and Xavier. No team has made all of the last five Sweet 16s.
Xavier is in the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in its history, including the fourth time in five years and the fifth time in the last nine years.
Xavier is making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 12 years, including the Sweet 16 in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and the Elite Eight in 2004 and 2008. Xavier is one of only eight schools that have made at least seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including 2012.
Xavier, 23-12 overall, is coming of a 70-58 win over No. 15 Seed Lehigh in the NCAA Tournament Third Round. Senior Kenny Frease led the way with a career-high 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field to go with a game-high 12 rebounds. Fellow senior Tu Holloway contributed 21 points, including 15 in the decisive second half.
Xavier, 23-12, has secured its seventh straight 20-win season and its 15th 20-win season in 16 years.
Xavier leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in overall field goal percentage defense (.399) and in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.305).
Xavier senior All-American Tu Holloway leads the team in scoring at 17.4 ppg. (second in the Atlantic 10) and assists at 4.9 apg. (fourth in the A-10). He is the only A-10 player in the top five in the league in both scoring and assists. He also leads the team in steals (ninth in the A-10 at 1.5 spg.) and free throw percentage (second in the A-10 at .860).
Xavier's Tu Holloway is third on XU's all-time assist list with 547 assists and has dished off 100 or more assists and led the team in assists for three straight seasons. Holloway is now sixth on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,811 career points.
Xavier senior Kenny Frease leads the team in rebounding at 6.2 rpg. (15th in the A-10) and is fourth on the team in scoring at 9.9 ppg. Frease is averaging 14.3 ppg. and 6.8 rpg. over the last six games.
Xavier's Kenny Frease is tied for 41st on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,085 career points and is 14th on XU's all-time rebounding list with 720 rebounds.
Xavier junior Mark Lyons is second on the team in scoring (11th in the A-10) at 15.0 ppg. Lyons, who now has 1,178 career points, is 29th on XU's all-time scoring list.
Xavier freshman Dezmine Wells, a 2012 A-10 All-Rookie Team selection by the A-10 coaches and 2012 Sporting News A-10 Freshman of the Year, is third on the team in scoring at 10.0 ppg. and rebounding at 4.9 rpg. Wells recorded his second double-double of the year with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Notre Dame NCAA win.
Xavier has graduated each of the last 83 men's basketball players that have played as seniors, a streak which dates back to 1986.