Men's Basketball Looks To Complete A Perfect Three-Game Homestand
Nov. 15, 2012
Xavier University Musketeers (2-0)
vs. Robert Morris U. Colonials (1-2)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at 2 p.m. ET
Cintas Center (10,250) at XU
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 1:30 p.m.
Radio: 55KRC-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).
The X's And O's
Xavier, 2-0, is coming off an impressive 62-47 win over Butler on Tuesday at Cintas Center. Seniors Jeff Robinson and Travis Taylor combined for 32 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Musketeers. Freshman Semaj Christon made his collegiate debut and dished off eight assists. The eight assists set a new Xavier record for most assists by a freshman in his first collegiate game.
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 to go with a career-high and XU sophomore record 15 assists in Xavier's win over FDU on Nov. 9. Davis leads the team at 8.5 apg. and is third in scoring at 15.5 ppg.
Xavier's balanced attack has five players averaging in double figures in scoring after two games: seniors Travis Taylor (17.5 ppg.), Jeff Robinson (16.5 ppg.) and Brad Redford (14.0 ppg.) and sophomores Dee Davis (15.5 ppg.) and Justin Martin (10.5 ppg.).
Xavier's three seniors are being counted on for leadership, including forwards Travis Taylor and Jeff Robinson and guard Brad Redford, and all three have been major contributors so far. Taylor is averaging team highs of 17.5 ppg. and 10.5 rpg, while Robinson is second in both categories at 16.5 ppg. and 7.5 rpg. Redford is averaging 14.0 ppg. on the strength of 9-of-11 shooting from 3-point range. Taylor passed the 1,000-point mark for his collegiate career during his 15-point game against Butler.
Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is a proven winner. Mack is 75-30 (.714) 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.