Men's Basketball Prepares For Sunday Matchup Against Drake On ESPNU

Semaj Christon has led Xavier in scoring for its first two DIRECTV Classic games.

Semaj Christon has led Xavier in scoring for its first two DIRECTV Classic games.

Nov. 24, 2012

2012 DIRECTV Classic

Xavier University Musketeers (4-1)

vs. Drake University Bulldogs (2-2)

Sun., Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET

Anaheim Convention Center (Anaheim, Calif.)


Television: ESPNU and with play-by-play from Roxy Bernstein and analysis from Stephen Bardo.
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, 4-1, is coming off a 69-65 win over Drexel on Friday. Freshman Semaj Christon led four Musketeers in double figures in scoring with a career-high 23 points to go with a game-high six assists. Sophomore Justin Martin was just one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

• Xavier sophomore Dee Davis leads the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg. and is second in assists at 4.8 apg. Davis scored a career-high 22 points to go with a career-high and XU sophomore record 15 assists in Xavier's win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 9.

• Xavier's balanced attack has five players averaging in double figures in scoring from 11.4 ppg. to 14.2 ppg.: sophomore Dee Davis (14.2 ppg.), freshman Semaj Christon (13.8 ppg.), sophomore Justin Martin (12.2 ppg.) and seniors Travis Taylor (11.8 ppg.) and Jeff Robinson (11.4 ppg.).



• Xavier sophomore Justin Martin is the only Musketeer that has scored in double figures in every game this season. Martin is third on the team in scoring at 12.2 ppg. and is second in rebounding at 5.4 rpg., while shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

• Xavier's three seniors are being counted on for leadership on a squad that lost all five starters from an NCAA Sweet 16 team. Forwards Travis Taylor and Jeff Robinson and guard Brad Redford have all three been major contributors. The trio has contributed 31 points and 13.2 rebounds per game and shot a combined 56.6 percent (56-99).

• Xavier junior Isaiah Philmore played his first regular season games for XU in the first two games of the DIRECTV Classic. Philmore is a transfer from Towson.

• Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is a proven winner. Mack is 77-31 (.713) 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 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.