Men's Basketball Team Looks To Bounce Back With Home Contest On Sunday
Dec. 7, 2012
Xavier University Musketeers (6-2)
vs. Kent State Univ. Golden Flashes (5-4)
Sun., Dec. 9, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ET
XU's Cintas Center (10,250) in Cincinnati
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 3:30 p.m.
The X's And O's
Xavier, 6-2, had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 66-64 overtime loss to Vanderbilt on Thursday. Xavier led by 13 points in the second half but Vandy fought back to force overtime and came away with the win. Senior Travis Taylor led four Xavier double-figure scorers with 15 points.
Xavier freshman Semaj Christon leads Xavier in scoring (15.4 ppg.), assists (6.0 apg.) and steals (1.3 spg.). Christon scored a career-high 25 points at Purdue on Dec. 1 in his first true road game as a Musketeer. For his efforts, he was named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week for the second straight week.
Xavier sophomore Justin Martin is the only Musketeer that has scored in double figures in every game this season. Martin is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 ppg. and is second in rebounding at 5.5 rpg., while shooting 59.6 percent from the field.
Xavier junior Isaiah Philmore has played his first regular season games for XU in the last five games and made his first XU start on Thursday. The Towson transfer has averaged 9.7 points and 7.7 rebounds over the last three games, including his first double-double as a Musketeer with 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. Vanderbilt.
Xavier sophomore Dee Davis is third on the team in scoring at 12.1 ppg. and is second in assists at 3.9 apg. Davis scored a career-high 22 points to go with a career-high and XU sophomore record 15 assists in XU's win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 9.
Xavier's has four players averaging in double figures in scoring: freshman Semaj Christon (15.4 ppg.), sophomore Justin Martin (12.4 ppg.), sophomore Dee Davis (12.1 ppg.), and senior Travis Taylor (10.4 ppg.).
Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is 79-32 (.712) overall as the Xavier head coach and stands ninth on XU's all-time wins list behind eighth-place Bob Staak (88 wins in six seasons from 1979-85). Mack led Xavier to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons, 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.