Musketeers Host Mastodons Tuesday Night
Nov. 15, 2010
Xavier Musketeers (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic 10) vs. IPFW Mastodons (1-0, 0-0 Summit League) Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Xavier University's Cintas Center (10,250)
Television: FOX Sports Ohio with play-by-play from Brad Johansen and analysis from former Musketeer captain Steve Wolf (Xavier `83). Jim Day hosts the "Musketeers Live" half-hour pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
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). Media Info.: Contact Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations Tom Eiser -- email: firstname.lastname@example.org, office: 513-745-3124, cell: 513-382-5565.
Xavier, 1-0, opened the 2010-11 regular season with a come-from-behind 68-65 win over Western Michigan on Friday night. Xavier trailed by nine points at halftime and 11 points early in the second half. A pair of XU juniors came up big in the second half as Tu Holloway scored 20 of his game-high 25 points while Kenny Frease scored 12 of his 14 points after intermission. Xavier has won 21 straight regular season openers.
Xavier now has a 25-game winning streak at Cintas Center, its on campus home. It is the third-longest active home court winning streak in the country and the longest by any XU squad since the building opened for the 2000-01 season. The school record home court winning streak is 28 (1986-88).
Xavier leaves Wednesday for the U.S. Virgin Islands. XU plays the first of its three games in the 2010 Paradise Jam on Friday night against Iowa. XU will face either Alabama or Seton Hall in its second round game.
Xavier is again expected to be without the services of two returning lettermen for tonight's game due to injury, senior Jamel McLean and junior Brad Redford. Redford suffered a season-ending knee injury during an October practice session.
Xavier junior Tu Holloway (formerly known as Terrell) has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week after leading Xavier to a come-from-behind win over Western Michigan in the season opener. Holloway scored 20 of his game-high 25 in the second half, while connecting on 6-of-7 from the field after the break. The 25 points were just one shy of his career high.
Xavier's Tu Holloway is a nominee for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given annually to the nation's best collegiate point guard. Holloway is the only returning double-figure scorer from last season's NCAA Sweet 16 team.
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. XU is one of only 12 schools that have made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Xavier, 26-9 last season, has won 25 games or more in four straight seasons. In fact, XU has won 108 games over the last four years combined. XU secured its fifth straight 20-win season and its 13th 20-win season in 14 years in 2010.