Men's Basketball Team Prepares To Host Butler On Tuesday As Part Of ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
Nov. 12, 2012
ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
Xavier University Musketeers (1-0)
vs. Butler University Bulldogs (1-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at 4 p.m. ET
Cintas Center (10,250) at XU
Television: ESPN and WatchESPN.com with play-by-play from Bob Wischusen and analysis from Dan Dakich.
The X's And O's
Xavier, 1-0, is coming off a record-setting 117-75 win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the regular season opener this past Friday at Cintas Center. Seven Musketeers reached double figures in scoring for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The 117 points set a new Cintas Center scoring record.
Xavier and Butler, who will begin competition in the Atlantic 10 Conference later this season, are playing their final non-conference meeting. XU and BU were long-time rivals in the old MCC (now Horizon League) for 16 seasons until 1995.
Xavier is making the first of its 10 scheduled appearances this season on the ESPN family of networks.
Xavier sophomore Dee Davis earned Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week honors and also was named as one of ESPN's "Best of the Best" Top Performers of the weekend after scoring a career-high 22 points on the strength of a career-high five 3-pointers to go with a career-high 15 assists in Xavier's season-opening win over FDU. The 15 assists are a new XU sophomore record and tied for second-best in school history.
Xavier has no starters and only five letterwinners returning from last season's Sweet 16 team. Three seniors are being counted on for leadership of this year's squad, including forwards Travis Taylor and Jeff Robinson and guard Brad Redford. Redford scored a career-high 19 points on 6-of-7 3-point shooting in Xavier's season-opening win, while Taylor recorded a double-double with Xavier career highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds and Robinson contributed 16 points and seven rebounds.
Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is a proven winner. Mack is 74-30 (.712) overall as the Xavier head coach. Mack has led Xavier to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons at the helm, including the NCAA Tournament 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): Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and Xavier. No team has made all of the last five Sweet 16s. Xavier is one of only eight schools that have made at least seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including 2012: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State, Texas, Wisconsin and Xavier.
Xavier's men's basketball program is ranked 21st in the 2012 rankings released by Basketball Times.
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.