Men's Basketball Team Prepares For No. 23 Iowa At Battle 4 Atlantis

Semaj Christon leads Xavier in scoring and assists.

Semaj Christon leads Xavier in scoring and assists.

Nov. 26, 2013

Xavier University Musketeers (5-0) vs.
No. 23 university of iowa hawkeyes (5-0)
Thur., Nov. 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ET


Andy MacWilliams Blog/Opinions For Nov. 26

Television & Radio

Media Contact: Associate Athletic Director Tom Eiser (,
513-745-3124 (office), 513-382-5565 (cell) and @Eiser_XU_Sports on Twitter

Television: NBC Sports Network with play-by-play from Terry Gannon and analysis
from Stan Van Gundy.

Radio: 700 WLW-AM and nationally via iHeartRadio with play-by-play from Xavier 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 factors...IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

• Xavier, 5-0, rolled past Abilene Christian on Nov. 25 behind 17 points and six assists from sophomore Semaj Christon.

• Xavier beat Iowa in the 2010-11 season at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

• Xavier has won seven straight games and eight out of its last nine games vs. teams from the Big Ten Conference since the 2006-07 season.

• Xavier fifth-year head coach Chris Mack, 95-44, is tied for fifth place on XU's all-time wins list, just one win shy of a top four spot.

• Xavier's 5-0 start is the second-best under fifth-year head coach Chris Mack behind his 8-0 start in 2011-12.

• Xavier has held its opponents to 24.0 ppg. and 31.3 percent shooting from the field in the first half.

• Xavier junior Matt Stainbrook is second on the team in scoring at 10.2 ppg. but first in rebounding (9.2 rpg.) and blocks (2.6 bpg.).

• Xavier sophomore James Farr is third on the team in scoring (9.4 ppg.) and second in rebounding (6.2 rpg.) while playing 12.8 mpg.

• Xavier sophomore All-America candidate Semaj Christon leads Xavier in scoring (16.4 ppg.) and assists (5.0 apg.).

• Xavier has made two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances in addition to three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in the last 10 years.

• Xavier is one of only 14 schools to make at least seven NCAA Tournaments in the last eight years.

• Xavier is first in the BIG EAST and ranked tied for 12th in the nation in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate at 97 percent.

• Xavier has graduated the last 91 men's basketball players that have played as seniors, including Isaiah Philmore and Erik Stenger