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XAVIER: Men's Basketball Shoots To Bounce Back At Madison Square Garden

February 25, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



XAVIER BASKETBALL RELEASE

Xavier University Musketeers (18-9, 8-6 BIG EAST)
at St. John's University Red Storm (18-10, 8-7 BIG EAST)
Tues., Feb. 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden (19,979) in NYC

COMPLETE SET OF NOTES/STATS (PDF)

Television & Radio

Television: FOX Sports 1 with Rich Ackerman (play-by-play) and Tarik Turner (analysis).

Radio: 700 WLW-AM and nationally via iHeartRadio with play-by-play from Xavier 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).

The X factors...IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

• Xavier is making its first trip to Madison Square Garden since the 2002-03 season.

• Xavier has been to Madison Square Garden for the National Invitation Tournament four times, including winning the 1958 NIT Championship.

• Xavier is 18-9 overall and tied for third in the BIG EAST Conference at 8-6.

• Xavier is first in the BIG EAST in rebound margin at +5.7 rpg. and has outrebounded 19 opponents.

• Xavier soph. All-America candidate Semaj Christon has scored in double figures in 15 straight games.

• Xavier's Semaj Christonleads XU in scoring (7th in BE at 16.5 ppg.), incl. 18.2 ppg. and 55.7% FG in BIG EAST play.

 

• Xavier jr. Dee Davis is 2nd in the BIG EAST in assists at 4.9 apg., while soph. Semaj Christon is 7th at 4.0 apg.

• Xavier's Dee Davis (123) and Semaj Christon (109) have over 100 assists. Last XU duo to do that? Tu Holloway/Jordan Crawford in 2009-10.

• Xavier junior Matt Stainbrook leads XU in rebounding (2nd in BIG EAST at 8.3 rpg.) and is third in scoring (11.0 ppg.).

• Xavier jr. Justin Martin has averaged 14.7 ppg. and 5.5 rpg. in BIG EAST play, including a career-high 22 points with 7 reb. vs. DePaul.

• Xavier's Justin Martin has scored in double figures in 12 of XU's 14 BIG EAST games; he has 14 double-figure scoring games this season.

• Xavier freshman Jalen Reynolds has averaged 13.6 minutes per game over the last five games.

• Xavier has made two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances in addition to three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in the last 10 years.

• Xavier is one of only 14 schools to make at least 7 NCAA Tournaments in the last 8 years.

• Xavier is first in the BIG EAST and ranked tied for 12th in the nation in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate at 97 percent. 


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