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  • SMU lands Xavier basketball transfer Justin Martin

    Dallas Morning News "Xavier transfer Justin Martin has committed to play for Larry Brown and the SMU Mustangs, per his personal Twitter account. As a graduate student, Martin will be eligible to play immediately on the Hilltop. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Martin averaged 11.7 points, which was good for second on..." June 04

  • Xavier, Wake Forest agree on new Skip Prosser Classic format

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Skip Prosser Classic has undergone a scheduling facelift. What started as a 10-year series between Xavier and Wake Forest basketball programs coached by the late Prosser has become a four-year scheduling loop with two years on and two years off starting in the 2015-16 season. Instead of..." May 22

  • Xavier's Matt Stainbrook doesn't need surgery

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier center Matt Stainbrook has big plans this summer. He's taking four graduate level classes plus the course associated with the basketball team's August trip to Brazil. He also plans to work the Musketeers' basketball camps, shed about 20 pounds, and become a stronger offensive presence by..." May 01

  • Dez Wells, Xavier settle lawsuit

    Cincinnati Enquirer "A former Xavier University basketball player who was expelled over what he says was a false rape allegation has settled his lawsuit against the Cincinnati school over its handling of the case. Federal Judge John Arthur dismissed Dez Wells' lawsuit, which had claimed that Xavier and its..." April 25

  • Xavier's Justin Martin plans to graduate, then transfer

    CBSSports.com "With rumors swirling around the future of head coach Chris Mack at Xavier, the Musketeers are taking another personnel hit. Redshirt junior forward Justin Martin will play his final season of eligiblity elsewhere, planning to take advantage of the graduate transfer rule this spring. He will be..." April 11

  • California has targeted Xavier's Chris Mack as next head coach

    CBSSports.com "Xavier coach Chris Mack has emerged as a top target in California's ongoing search to replace Mike Montgomery, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday. There is at least one report suggesting Mack has been offered the job. That's untrue, a source told CBSSports.com. But informal..." April 10

  • Xavier's Semaj Christon departing for NBA draft

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Sophomore guard Semaj Christon is leaving Xavier to enter the NBA draft. Ten days after losing to NC State in an NCAA tournament First Round game in Dayton, the Musketeers' 6-foot-3 scoring leader confirmed plans to forego his last two years of eligibility in favor of a run at professional..." March 29

  • Xavier announces Richards will transfer

    Fox Sports Ohio "Freshman Kamall Richards will transfer from Xavier, the school announced Friday. Richards, a 6-6 forward from Brooklyn, played in seven games for the Musketeers this season before tearing the ACL in his left knee. Richards will have to sit out a year before he is eligible to play but he's going..." March 28

  • Xavier's Chris Mack emerges as legitimate target at Wake Forest

    CBSSports.com "Xavier coach Chris Mack has emerged as a legitimate candidate to replace Jeff Bzdelik at Wake Forest, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Monday. Mack has made four NCAA Tournaments in five seasons at Xavier, including two Sweet 16s. He was previously an assistant under Skip Prosser at Wake..." March 25

  • N.C. State 74, Xavier 59

    ProSportsDaily "T.J. Warren overcame early foul trouble and scored 16 of his 25 points after the break while becoming the school's all-time single-season scoring leader as the Wolfpack downed the Musketeers in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Ralston Turner added 17 points for North..." March 19

  • NC State handles Xavier, could be trendy upset pick over Saint Louis

    CBSSports.com "Mark Gottfried's North Carolina State team was the last at-large squad in the 2014 NCAA Tournament field. We know this because the NCAA releases its 1-68 official seed list, and the last at-large name identified is the Wolfpack. But barely getting in the field doesn't matter -- once it's..." March 19

  • XU needs to 'rely on identity' to survive NC State

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Welcome Wagon arrived early for Xavier's men's basketball team. As the 12th-seeded Musketeers participated in their open practice at UD Arena Monday night, a trio of red-clad Flyers fans hunkered down for some pre-NCAA tournament needling of their program's archrival. But Xavier's..." March 18

  • Creighton 86, Xavier 78

    ProSportsDaily "Doug McDermott continued to light up the scoreboard, scoring 32 points as the Bluejays advanced to the title game in their first Big East tournament in New York. The nation's leading scorer delivered another strong performance for Creighton (26-6) after scoring a career-high 45 points against..." March 15

  • Xavier 68, Marquette 65

    ProSportsDaily "Justin Martin posted 19 points and Semaj Christon contributed 18 as the Musketeers advanced to the semifinals of the Big East tournament in New York. Third-seeded Xavier (21-11) advances to play second-seeded Creighton in Friday's nightcap. Christon added five assists and Isaiah Philmore..." March 14

  • Teams are different, but Big East passion remains

    New York Post "It’s called the “Fu Effect,” named for the impact Seton Hall senior forward Fuquan Edwin can have on a game. It could be bouncing around during pregame warm-ups to get himself and his teammates amped. Or it could be something like he did Wednesday night against Butler in the first round of the Big..." March 13

  • Xavier's Matt Stainbrook ruled out vs. Marquette

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier's men's basketball team will start the Big East Tournament without junior center Matt Stainbrook. Coach Chris Mack said Stainbrook has done "a great job with his rehab" since straining the MCL in his left knee against Seton Hall last week, but he'll be unavailable for Thursday's 9:30..." March 11

  • XU keeps up without Stainbrook, can't seal deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Semaj Christon's layup pulled Xavier within three points of No. 6 Villanova with 21 seconds left Thursday night, but the Musketeers came no closer in a 77-70 loss before a standing room only crowd of 10,340 at Cintas Center. Josh Hart buried two free throws at the 19.4-second mark and James..." March 07

  • Chris Mack makes case for Xavier, Big East

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier coach Chris Mack thinks Xavier has built a profile suitable for an NCAA tournament at-large bid and that the Big East hasn't gotten its due in prognostications. After losing to No. 6 Villanova 77-70 tonight at Cintas Center, Mack ended his post-game press conference with his thoughts on..." March 07

  • Big East tourney depleted, but maybe more interesting

    New York Post "It’s still the Big East Tournament. It’s still Madison Square Garden. Is it the same? A lot has changed in the year since the members of the Big East last congregated for March Madness in Midtown. But what the conference has lost in star power with Connecticut (American Athletic), Syracuse..." March 07

  • Villanova 77, Xavier 70

    ProSportsDaily "Darrun Hilliard II scored 19 points to lead the visiting Wildcats to their first outright Big East regular-season title since 1982. JayVaughn Pinkston added 15 points for Villanova (27-3, 15-2), which won its fifth straight game. James Bell recorded 12 points to go over 1,000 in his career..." March 07

  • Despite loss, Xavier still on path to NCAA berth

    Fox Sports Ohio "Chris Mack isn't going to make any excuses for his Xavier team. Even though the Musketeers fell to No. 6 Villanova 77-70 Thursday night in their regular season finale, Mack has no doubts that they are worthy of an NCAA tournament bid. That is regardless of what happens next week during the Big..." March 07

  • Matt Stainbrook’s knee injury just a strained MCL

    College Basketball Talk "Xavier got some excellent news on Tuesday when it was announced that starting center Matt Stainbrook only strained his MCL. Stainbrook landed awkwardly in Monday’s loss to Seton Hall, immediately grabbing his left knee and screaming in pain. It looked like the injury could be quite serious, but..." March 05

  • Seton Hall 71, Xavier 62

    ProSportsDaily "Brian Oliver shot 5-for-10 from 3-point range and scored 20 points as the Pirates surprised the visiting Musketeers. Fuquan Edwin returned after missing Friday’s loss to Providence with a thumb injury and finished with 17 points for Seton Hall (15-15, 6-11 Big East). Gene Teague also scored 17..." March 04

  • Xavier gets revenge on No. 9 Creighton 75-69

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier’s men’s basketball team may have lost its first game against No. 9 Creighton in Omaha, but it reveled in a 75-69 victory in Saturday’s rematch at Cintas Center. And what a win it was. By defeating player of the year candidate Doug McDermott and the Bluejays, the Musketeers claimed..." March 02

  • Big Saturday of hoops for UC, Xavier, UD

    Fox Sports Ohio "This is one big Saturday for area college hoops teams. Dayton, Cincinnati and Xavier all have a chance to enhance their postseason resumes today and their games are going to come in rapid-fire progression. UD hosts Massachusetts at 11 this morning, UC is on the road at Connecticut at noon and..." March 01

  • Ohio Bubble Watch: Xavier up, Dayton down

    Fox Sports Ohio "It was one up and one down in really big games for potential NCAA tournament bubble teams from Ohio Tuesday night as Xavier scored a big 65-53 win at St. John's but Dayton was blown out at St. Joseph's, 79-53. The Musketeers (19-9) entered the day at No. 54 in the Ratings Percentage Index, one..." February 26

  • Xavier 65, St. John's 53

    ProSportsDaily "Freshman Jalen Reynolds notched his first double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds - both career highs - as the visiting Musketeers earned a Big East victory on the road. Reynolds finished 7-of-13 from the field and Matt Stainbrook had 13 points before fouling out with three minutes left..." February 26

  • Georgetown 74, Xavier 52

    ProSportsDaily "Markel Starks scored 22 points and the Hoyas halted a two-game slide by thrashing the visiting Musketeers. Jabril Trawick added 13 points for the Hoyas (16-11, 7-8 Big East), who committed only three turnovers in avenging an 80-67 defeat at Xavier on Jan. 15. Georgetown also received nine..." February 23

  • This year, the Big East tourney means so much more

    New York Post "For 30 years the Big East Tournament grew into a week-long spectacle on 33rd Street that became a commercial and competitive success. It featured the best basketball conference for many of those years and winning the Big East Tournament championship was a prize that said you can’t become the..." February 20

  • Xavier has much more to prove

    Fox Sports Ohio "The question perplexed Justin Martin, Xavier's senior forward. "Did you guys know at all that tonight was win number 18 of the season?" Martin's answer: "Ahhh, no." Why should Martin or his teammates have paid any special notice to their 83-64 victory against out-manned and over-matched..." February 20

  • Strong finish likely puts XU in tournament

    Cincinnati Enquirer "CBSSports.com Bracketology expert Jerry Palm believes Xavier’s men’s basketball team has a “pretty good” chance of earning an NCAA tournament at-large bid as long as it takes care of business in its last six games. “They need to avoid bad losses, but they don’t really have a lot of them left on..." February 18

  • Muskies takes care of business on the road

    Fox Sports Ohio "Life away from Cintas Center hasn't been so pleasant for Xavier this season. The Musketeers were just 3-6 in games on the road or at neutral sites with four of their next five games coming outside of Cincinnati. They got a nice start on fixing that blemish on their record Tuesday..." February 12

  • Matt Stainbrook on Big East honor roll

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Center Matt Stainbrook has been named to the Big East’s five-man honor roll after averaging 13.5 points, 10 rebounds and three assists last week against Villanova and Providence. Stainbrook enters tomorrow’s 9 p.m. game at Butler with XU’s second-highest scoring average (11.3 ppg) and top..." February 11

  • Poor Butler record doesn't mean day off for XU

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Butler’s men’s basketball team has lost two straight games and nine of its last 11, but its rivalry with Xavier supersedes anything on paper. The Musketeers know exactly what kind of battle they’re facing at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. “Playing Butler, it really..." February 11

  • Villanova improves to 20-2 with 81-58 win over Xavier

    Philly.com "VILLANOVA'S basketball team won 20 games last season, after losing 19 the year before that. Last night at the Pavilion, the team that just moved up three spots in the rankings to sixth improved to 20-2 by beating Xavier, 81-58. The Wildcats still have nine more games left before the Big East..." February 04

  • Defense lacking for Xavier

    Fox Sports Ohio "The record says Xavier is 15-5 and sitting in pretty good shape in the Big East with a 5-2 record but it doesn't take a mind-reader to figure out Chris Mack isn't resting comfortably. It's been a week since the Musketeers lost by nine points at Providence, a loss in which Xavier gave up 81..." February 01

  • A word about Xavier's RPI

    Cincinnati Enquirer "There are a lot of RPI sites out there for college basketball and they all differ a little. After Saturday’s loss at Providence… - RealTimeRPI.com ranks Xavier 30th - Joe Lunardi and the ESPN.com gang rank Xavier 35th - Jerry Palm and the CBSSports.com group rank Xavier 25th - The NCAA..." January 28

  • Xavier gets lesson from 'The Hawk' Pryor

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier junior forward Justin Martin didn’t know who Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor was before Wednesday’s basketball practice, but he sure does now. The International Boxing Hall of Famer and Cincinnati native stopped by Cintas Center at the behest of coach Chris Mack and offered a motivational speech..." January 23

  • Senior guard Brandon Young benched in DePaul’s loss to Xavier

    Chicago Sun-Times "The player who drew a dozen NBA scouts to Allstate Arena on Monday was Xavier sophomore Semaj Christon, who didn’t dis- appoint in his team’s 84-74 victory against DePaul. But the player Blue Demons coach Oliver Purnell might be more concerned about is senior guard Brandon Young, who didn’t..." January 21

  • Kamall Richards’ knee injury ends season

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Kamall Richard’s freshman campaign with the men’s basketball team has ended early. The 6-foot-6 freshman forward tore the ACL in his left knee at Friday’s practice and is out for the season. Richards’ knee gave out as he cut through the lane on a drill, and the gravity of the injury was..." January 20

  • Kamall Richards’ knee injury ends season

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Kamall Richard’s freshman campaign with the men’s basketball team has ended early. The 6-foot-6 freshman forward tore the ACL in his left knee at Friday’s practice and is out for the season. Richards’ knee gave out as he cut through the lane on a drill, and the gravity of the injury was..." January 19

  • No. 8 Villanova lone Big East team ranked in top 20

    New York Daily News "Villanova will go through this first season of the reimagined Big East with a bull’s-eye on its back. The Wildcats are the only team in the conference that is nationally ranked (No. 8) and thus the best opportunity other Big East teams have to improve their NCAA Tournament profile with a..." January 17

  • Appreciating the underappreciated

    ESPN.com "North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren can’t catch much of a break. Even when I was ready to talk about how underappreciated he is nationally, he got overshadowed by Wake Forest guard Codi Miller-McIntyre. Miller-McIntyre made the game-winning basket to cap off a 20-point performance in the..." January 17

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