March 23, 2010
No. 6 Seed Xavier University Musketeers (26-8)
vs. No. 2 Seed Kansas State University Wildcats (28-7)
NCAA Tournament West Regional Semifinal
Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. ET (approx.)
EnergySolutions Arena (19,120) in Salt Lake City, Utah
Television: CBS Sports, including WKRC-TV 12 in Cincinnati,
with play-by-play from Gus Johnson and analysis from Len Elmore.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM with play-by-play from XU 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).
COMPLETE NOTES (PDF)
The X's and O's
• Xavier and Michigan State are the only teams in all of NCAA Division I that have
made the Sweet 16 in each of the last three NCAA Tournaments.
• Xavier is making its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and its ninth in the
last 10 years, including the NCAA Sweet 16 this season and last season and NCAA Elite
Eight appearances in 2008 and 2004.
• Xavier is one of only 12 schools that have made fi ve straight NCAA Tournament
appearances, including this year: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State,
Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Villanova, Wisconsin and Xavier.
• Xavier, 26-8, has won 25 games or more in four straight seasons. In fact, XU has
won 108 games over the last four years combined (an average of 27 wins per season).
• Xavier’s 26 wins are tied for the fourth-highest single season win total in school history.
The school record of 30 wins was set back in the 2007-08 season.
• Xavier, 26-8 overall, has won 10 of its last 11 games and 14 of its last 16 games. XU
has secured its fifth straight 20-win season and its 13th 20-win season in 14 years. No.
6 seed Xavier defeated No. 11 seed Minnesota 65-54 in NCAA First Round action and
No. 3 seed Pittsburgh 71-68 in NCAA Second Round action to advance to the Sweet 16.
• Xavier sophomore Jordan Crawford
leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 20.2 ppg.
after averaging 27.5 ppg. to go with 6.0 rpg. and 3.0 apg. in XU’s fi rst two NCAA Tournament
games. Crawford was named as a Sporting News Third Team All-American and
the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year by Sporting News and foxsports.com.
• Xavier sophomore Jordan Crawford has scored more points (686) this season than
any sophomore in Xavier history. It is the fourth-highest single season scoring total for
any Xavier player in school history.
• Xavier’s lone senior, Jason Love, was named Second Team All-Atlantic 10 by Sporting
News and Third Team All-Atlantic 10 by the A-10 coaches. Love leads the team in
rebounding at 8.5 rpg. (fi fth in A-10) and is second in scoring at 11.8 ppg. Love has
been a part of three XU school records on XU teams over the past four years: most
wins in a career (108), most NCAA wins (8) and most NCAA Tournament games (11).
• Xavier leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring offense (79.3 ppg.), scoring margin (+10.7
ppg.), fi eld goal percentage (.463) and three-point fi eld goal percentage (.374).
• Xavier first-year head coach Chris Mack is the fi rst XU head coach to guide a team
to the Sweet 16 in his fi rst or second season. Mack, who is tied for the most wins ever
by an XU rookie head coach (26), has had previous NCAA winning experiences as a
player at Evansville and Xavier and as an assistant coach at Xavier and Wake Forest.