Gonzaga vs. Xavier: The final battle in the mid-major wars

There was a time when being the mid-major team in America was both a noteworthy title and an unwanted crown worth wearing.Teams like Butler, VCU, Wichita State, Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga and Xavier would lay waste to their opposition in a conference we’d never heard of. With gaudy win-loss totals, upset victories on their resumes of teams in major conferences, and players with fun...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Coach Mack’s gameplan delivered a Sweet 16 win

The Musketeers had the superior coach in their corner last night. What were you thinking? With 50 seconds left and Xavier getting ready to inbound the ball, who were you thinking was going to shoot it? Almost everyone in the arena, on television, or listening to Byron and Joe was expecting a long possession ending with the ball in Trevon Bluiett’s hands. That made sense, after...
Via Banners On The Parkway
7 hours ago

Xavier Basketball’s on unexpected Elite Eight run

Xavier Basketball will play on Saturday in a game few expected them to advance to. The Musketeers will play Gonzaga Basketball in the West regional final. Xavier advanced to the Elite Eight round with a gutsy 73-71 win over Arizona Basketball. Tying the Mack vs. Miller series, after Sean Miller’s Arizona won round one in 2015. Last night’s win puts Xavier in the Elite Eight...
Via isportsweb.com
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gonzaga-Xavier sets up as an epic Elite Eight battle for a first Final Four appearance

Every memory Gonzaga and Xavier have of the Elite Eight is one of heartbreak. When the two meet to decide the West Region champion, one will find heartbreak once again. But the other will find something only the top-flight college basketball programs get to feel because, by the end of the day Saturday, one of the best programs to never make a Final Four will have finally made its first...
Via The Comeback
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bill Murray was all smiles after Xavier upset Arizona, and it was great

It’s been a pretty amazing last few months for Bill Murray. The famous actor witnessed the Cubs winning their first World Series title since 1908 back in November, and on Thursday, he was able to see his Xavier Musketeers advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008. And they did so in epic fashion, coming back from an eight-point deficit with less than four minutes...
Via The Sports Daily
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Xavier overcame worst slump in 35 years to reach Elite Eight

CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier didn’t look like an Elite Eight team in early March, coming off six straight defeats that led coaches to try to burn the month of February from the players’ memories, literally. Ranked No. 7 in the preseason, the Musketeers had dropped out of the poll and were a bubble team after losing senior guard Myles Davis, point guard Edmond Sumner and top scorer...
Via MyNorthwest.com
15 hours ago

Xavier stuns Arizona to advance to the Elite Eight, and Bill Murray is very happy

It looked like the No. 2-seeded Arizona Wildcats were going to finally put away the No. 11-seeded Xavier Musketeers in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night, as they took an eight-point lead with under four minutes. But Xavier made a furious comeback, going on a 7-0 run in about a 40-second span to tie the game 71-71 with 1:54 left. And with 44.1 seconds remaining, Xavier junior forward...
Via The Comeback
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

5 biggest takeaways from Thursday’s Sweet 16 games

Thursday night provided the benefit of a hotly contested first weekend of play -– eight worthy and talented teams squared off in search of spot in the Elite Eight. The first half of this round’s games provided chances for upsets, statements, and history in each of the four match-ups.Thursday night resulted in four games that will have ripple effects throughout this weekend and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Xavier v. Arizona: Three Takeaways

It might have taken years off of my life, but Xavier is still dancing. After coasting to a pair of double digit victories last week, Xavier fans had to figure the road only got steeper from here. A rematch of a close game from the 2015 Sweet Sixteen produced an even better contest as the game swung back and forth between two teams trying to fulfill their preseason expectations. In...
Via Banners On The Parkway
17 hours ago

Xavier knocks off Arizona in thriller in West Region

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O’Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region on Thursday night. Xavier (30-13) stayed with the second-seeded Wildcats behind Bluiett’s 18 first-half points and tracked down the Wildcats after they tried to pull away in the second half. O’Mara scored on...
Via The Denver Post
18 hours ago

Sweet 16 Game Primer

Our game thread with all the stats, the livestream, and the keys to the game. Let’s go, X! Stats: #11 Xavier Musketeers Per Game Table Player FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST PTS Trevon Bluiett .442 .378 .751 5.7 2.1 18.5 J.P. Macura .421 .341 .791 4.3 2.9 14.3 Edmond Sumner .479 .273 .737 4.2 4.8 14.3 Rashid Gaston .589 .556 6.1 0.6 7.6 Malcolm Bernard...
Via Banners On The Parkway
20 hours ago

Xavier knocks off Arizona 73-71 in West Region

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O’Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region on Thursday night. Xavier (30-13) stayed with the second-seeded Wildcats behind Bluiett’s 18 first-half points and tracked down the Wildcats after they tried to pull away in the second half. O’Mara scored...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Xavier v. Arizona: Sweet 16 Preview

One storyline dominates the precedings, but there’s a game to be played here. Let’s get this out of the way early: Sean Miller used to coach at Xavier. He was a great coach and a great recruiter for the Musketeers. He and Coach Mack were and remain friends despite the way Miller left which, while it wasn’t as slimy and duplicitous as Thad Matta, wasn’t exactly all above board...
Via Banners On The Parkway
1 day ago

A first look at Arizona

Xavier has their hands full, but there are some ways they can exploit the gaps in Wildcats armor. One thing that immediately jumped out at me in preparing the preview for tomorrow’s Sweet 16 matchup is that Arizona is very good. That may not come as a huge shock to many of you, they are, after all, in the Sweet 16 and have been nationally ranked all year. This isn’t just a good...
Via Banners On The Parkway
2 days ago

Miller and Mack still close after time together at Xavier

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Sean Miller had just been named Xavier’s head basketball coach when he began meeting with athletic director Dawn Rogers about filling out his staff. Rogers had previously worked with Chris Mack, then on Skip Prosser’s staff at Wake Forest, and suggested Miller consider him with the Musketeers. Miller knew nothing about Mack, but during the meticulous...
Via MyNorthwest.com
2 days ago

Bluiett and Goodin forge bond to lead Xavier

Xavier’s leading scorer has been instrumental in bringing along their freshman point guard. Xavier doesn’t care about its bubble-ridden and injury-riddled past. “If you’re not gonna be on the Xavier bus, that’s fine,” said junior forward Trevon Bluiett. “We’re gonna do it with or without you. We’ll never let any adversity hit us.” From early December through...
Via Banners On The Parkway
2 days ago

Xavier looks for another upset against Arizona

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — No. 11 seed Xavier (23-13) vs. No. 2 seed Arizona (32-4) Third round, West region; San Jose, California; 10:09 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Xavier is the lone double-digit seed left in a Sweet 16 filled with power programs. The Musketeers pulled off a pair of upsets to reach the regional semifinals, beating No. 6 seed Maryland and No. 3 Florida State the first...
Via MyNorthwest.com
2 days ago

Ballpark Blueprints releases Cintas Center

Ballpark Blueprints has released their Cintas Center print to coincide with Xavier’s latest Sweet 16 run. You may have noticed during the first two rounds that we ran a contest with @BallparkArt on Twitter to giveaway the blueprint art for the Cintas Center. Another one of those contests is coming in the next round, but that isn’t your only way to get your hands on this really...
Via Banners On The Parkway
3 days ago

The unlikely emergence of Sean O’Mara

Big Sean has been the unsung hero of Xavier’s run through the Big East and NCAA tournaments. Trevon Bluiett has been Xavier’s most important player on their Sweet 16 run. If I told you that was going to be the case before the season, you likely would have shrugged and moved on with life. There’s no surprise in the best player on the team being the key during the most important...
Via Banners On The Parkway
3 days ago

No. 11 Xavier overcomes huge setbacks to reach Sweet 16

CINCINNATI (AP) Point guard Edmond Sumner eased himself down the hallway from Xavier's practice gym on Monday using a pair of crutches to protect his surgically repaired knee. Somehow, his team has figured out how to move on without him. The Musketeers (23-13) are the biggest surprise in the Sweet 16. Double-digit wins over Maryland and Florida State set them on course for a rematch...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How Xavier Basketball advanced to the Sweet 16

Xavier Basketball’s heading to San Jose, CA for the Sweet 16. After perhaps their most impressive wins of the season over the weekend. Getting a 91-66 win over Florida State Basketball in Orlando, FL on Saturday. Now the Xavier Musketeers will get ready to face Arizona Basketball on Thursday night. For the right to head to the Elite Eight, a prospect few probably felt was in the...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Xavier needed its back to the wall to realize true NCAA Tournament potential

The Xavier Musketeers’ season looked very much in doubt in late January, when sophomore point guard Edmond Sumner tore his ACL during a late January win over St. John’s. To that point in the year, the Detroit product was averaging 15 points, four rebounds and five assists per game while being an enormous part of what made Xavier a potential Big East darkhorse. After that game...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking T debuts “Kings of the Queen City” shirt for Xavier’s Sweet 16 run

There’s no doubting Xavier’s status as the top program in Cincinnati. Now we have a shirt that proclaims it. Since 2000, Xavier has gone 12-6 in the Crosstown Shootout. In that last decade alone, the Muskies have won 14 NCAA tournament games to just 5 for their little brothers in town. Change the conference affiliation or the TV deal or the national respect and one thing will...
Via Banners On The Parkway
4 days ago

6 biggest takeaways from Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament

A predictable first round of the NCAA Tournament has one direct result: better teams and more juice in the second round. College basketball fans would be treated to match-ups that they dreamed about when the brackets were revealed. Top seeds, previously unscathed, would be faced with tough tests in order to reach the Sweet Sixteen next weekend. Even if Cinderella didn’t show up...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bill Murray Proudly Cheer On Sons During NCAA Tournament

While the fan of the NCAA Tournament so far has to be that very upset Northwestern kid, a pair of celebrities aren’t too far behind. Similar to that kid, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been wearing purple and supporting the eighth-seeded Wildcats during their first-round win over Vanderbilt and second-round loss to Gonzaga. And Louis-Dreyfus has been shown multiple times cheering...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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