No. 14 Xavier Looks To Stay Unbeaten As It Hosts Auburn Wednesday
Dec. 2, 2008
No. 14 Xavier University Musketeers (6-0)
Auburn University Tigers (3-3)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Cintas Center (10,250) Xavier University Campus
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Television: CBS College Sports with play-by-play from Tom Hart and analysis from Greg Anthony.
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).
Next for X: Xavier hosts Ohio on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The X's and O's
Xavier's 6-0 start is the fifth-best start in Xavier history and the best since the school- record 10-0 start of the 1996-97 season. A win by XU on Wednesday against Auburn would tie XU for the third-best start in school history with the 1955-56 and 1927-28 teams. XU's 6-0 start is the best start ever under fifth-year head coach Sean Miller.
Xavier fifth-year head coach Sean Miller will be looking for his 100th career win on Wednesday night. Miller is 99-39 (.717) in his fifth season at the helm. Miller has moved into third place on XU's all-time wins list for head coaches.
Xavier, 6-0, is ranked 14th in this week's Associated Press Poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. XU was 16th in the AP Poll and 20th in the coaches poll last week.
Xavier finished the month of November with a perfect 6-0 record.
Xavier enters the Auburn game with a 13-game home court winning streak. In fact, Xavier has won 27 of its last 28 games at Cintas Center with the only setback being against then-No. 12 Tennessee last December. The Auburn game is the second game of a three-game homestand.
Xavier junior Derrick Brown scored a career-high 23 points in the win over Miami (Ohio), a fact that's even more impressive considering that XU scored a season-low 60 points in its 60-53 win over the RedHawks.
Xavier senior C.J. Anderson was named MVP of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, the second straight year he's earned MVP honors in helping XU win a tournament championship (also Co-MVP of last year's Chicago Challenge). XU won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off Championship with wins over Missouri, Virginia Tech and then No. 13 Memphis from Nov. 20-23 in San Juan, P.R.
Xavier hit a school-record tying 16 three-point field goals in last season's win at Auburn, including a personal career-high six from junior B.J. Raymond. Raymond led five XU double-figure scorers with 18 points, while hitting 6-of-8 from behind the arc.
Xavier is one of only nine schools that have made the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight multiple times in the last five years. XU made its third straight NCAA appearance in 2008. XU has won at least 20 games in three straight seasons and 11 times in 12 years.