Men’s Basketball

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Xavier dominant as season is underway

By: Nick McGill ~Sports Editor~ The Xavier men’s basketball season tipped off on Nov. 14 against the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Lumberjacks at Cintas Center. In front of thousands of eager Musketeer fans, Xavier trounced Lumberjacks 93-60. On a night when fans got their first look at the newly minted Xavier roster, the Musketeers put … Continue reading

Fans get glimpse of season to come

By: Adam Tortelli ~Staff Writer~ Xavier men’s basketball unofficially began play this past weekend in an exhibition that quickly turned into a 102-68 win over the Division-II Northwood Timberwolves. The grind-it-out process quickly brought the Musketeers to a 6-0 lead over the Timberwolves that would transform into a double-figure lead at 17-7. Each player that … Continue reading

Big season ahead for the Musketeers

By: Ryan O’Toole ~Staff Writer~ Many believe Xavier has a legitimate opportunity to compete for the Big East championship this year, but the strength of the league presents quite the challenge. The Musketeers will face many tests as they move through their conference play. Villanova University is returning most of its team from last year, … Continue reading

Breaking down Xavier’s non-conference schedule

By: Andrew Utz ~Staff Writer~ Xavier men’s basketball begins conference play on Dec. 31 against Georgetown, but before then, there is a tournament and multiple non-conference games in which the Musketeers will compete. The Muskies play at home for the first five games of the season. The 2014-15 season kicks off with an exhibition game … Continue reading

Opinion: Neal ready to move forward

By: Adam Tortelli ~Staff Writer~ Coaching college athletics may be one of the toughest occupations imaginable and Xavier women’s basketball coach Brian Neal faced just that tough situation last season. Just weeks before the last season began, former women’s basketball coach Amy Waugh resigned, leaving the team in turmoil and Neal as the interim head … Continue reading

Meet the freshmen: A look at the newcomers

By: Brendan Burris ~Staff Writer~ By the end of the 2014 college basketball recruiting period, the Xavier men’s basketball team had what some have called the best recruiting class in the program’s history. During the previous season, ESPN even ranked Xavier’s recruiting class no. 4 in the country. Before the season begins, let’s take a … Continue reading

Christon leaves for the NBA

By: Isabel Smith ~Staff Writer~ Former Xavier basketball guard Semaj Christon will begin his professional career with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s development league team, the Oklahoma City Blue. While at Xavier, Christon posted an impressive 1,034 points, 281 assists and 90 steals in his 64-game run. He also made an NCAA tournament appearance and was … Continue reading

Player profile: ready for a bigger, better year

Staff writer Ryan O’Toole sits down with sophomore standout Jalen Reynolds By: Rayan O’Toole ~Staff Writer~ Jalen Reynolds is ready for a breakout year. Cited by many as a player to watch in the Big East in 2014-15, Reynolds knows that it’s time for him to step up and grow. “(This year) I want to … Continue reading

Transfer athletes look to make a quick impact

By: Adam Tortelli ~Staff Writer~ Cintas Center will be featuring an assortment of new faces in the 2014-15 basketball season. Both the men’s and women’s teams went through off-season facelifts, which included tough goodbyes for key players and cheerful welcomes to talented newcomers. While Chris Mack and Brian Neal were able to bring in recruiting … Continue reading

Muskie Madness excites eager fans at Cintas Center

By: Adam Tortelli ~Staff Writer~ As happens each year, Cintas Center once again hosted a raucous crowd of more than 5,000 fans for 2014’s highly anticipated Muskie Madness. As a staple event for Family Weekend, students and their families packed the arena with fellow Muskie fans alike to ignite their support for this year’s basketball … Continue reading

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