March 21, 2009

Inside look at the Musketeers

When Wisconsin entered the locker room trailing by 12 to Florida State in its opening round game Friday night, Xavier, the team waiting in the wings to take on the victor, was the furthest thing from the Badgers mind. Frankly, the way UW was playing, it seemed they would be lucky to stay competitive in the second half.

That is why they play two halves. And after UW's exciting come-from-behind upset of No. 5 seed FSU, Xavier finally came into focus. As one of three teams from the Atlantic 10 conference, the Musketeers, an elite eight team from a season ago, will play the Badgers Sunday afternoon.

Before the teams take to the court, BadgerBitz.com takes a closer look inside Xavier, a team not many from Big Ten country are familiar with.

WHO DID XAVIER BEAT?

-Beat Missouri 75-71 on neutral floor
-Beat Virginia Tech 63-62 on neutral floor
-Beat Memphis 63-58 on neutral floor
-Won at Rhode Island 67-65
-Won at LSU 80-70

WHO BEAT XAVIER?

-Lost to Duke 82-64 on neutral floor
-Lost to Butler at home 74-65
-Lost at Duquesne 72-68
-Lost at Dayton 71-58
-Lost at Charlotte 65-60
-Lost at Richmond 80-75
-Lost to Temple 55-53 in A-10 tournament

PROJECTED STARTERS

G- Dante Jackson, sophomore, 6-foot-5

Quick notes:

-Has started past nine games at the point guard position for the Musketeers
-Did start first 11 games of the season, but then came off bench until current streak began
-Finished prep career as McClain (Greenfield, Ohio) High School's all-time leading scorer with 2,423 points

Season stats:

-Is shooting 35.6 percent from the floor, including 33 percent from beyond the arc.
-Averages 3.4 rebounds per game
-Currently possesses close to a 3-to-2 assist-to-turnover ratio
-Averages 6.5 points per game


G- B.J. Raymond, senior, 6-foot-6

Quick notes:

-Was a First Team All-Atlantic 10 conference selection this season
-No player has won more games (102) than Raymond during their respective career at Xavier
-Has played in school record 135 games and ranks 39th on Xavier's all-time scoring list with 1,074 career points

Season stats:

-Leads the team in minutes played with 30 per game.
-His 14.1 points per game lead the team
-Averages 4.2 rebounds per contest
-As a guard, the most interesting stat is Raymond has more turnovers (52) than assists (42)
-Shooting nearly 47 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from distance

F- C.J. Anderson, senior, 6-foot-6

Quick notes:

-Was a former two-year player for Manhattan College before transferring to Xavier
-Has scored 1,484 points for his career, with approximately half coming at Manhattan
-Finished regular season as honorable mention pick to the All-Atlantic 10 conference team

Season stats:

-Has made only one of five shots from downtown on the year
-Still, he hits over 45 percent of his shots from the field and averages 10.2 points per game
-Ranks third on the team with 5.3 rebounds per game

F- Derrick Brown, junior, 6-foot-8

Quick notes:

-Ranks 42nd on all-time Xavier scoring list with 1,072 career points
-Named to the Second team All-Atlantic 10 conference team and NABC District 4 first team
-Began season with over 50 percent of field goals coming via the dunk

Season stats:

-Ranks second on the team in minutes played (29.5 per game)
-Has connected on more than 50 percent of his shots from the field en route to averaging 13.8 points per game
-His 6 rebounds per game leads all Musketeers
-Has committed 80 personal fouls on the year, the most on the team

C- Jason Love, junior, 6-foot-9

Quick notes:

-Finished 16th in Atlantic 10 conference with 5.9 rebounds per game
-Has started at center 33 times for Xavier this season

Season stats:

-Paces all starters by hitting 55.1 percent of shots from the field
-Averages 5.9 rebounds per game
-His 40 blocks on the season leads the team
-However, he has committed 45 turnovers while only dishing 17 assists
-Averages 7 points per game

KEY RESERVES

G-Terrell Holloway, freshman, 6-foot-0

-Averages 5.6 points per game in 21.7 minutes played

G-Brad Redford, freshman, 6-foot-0

-Averages 5.4 points per game in 13.1 minutes played

C-Kenny Frease, freshman, 7-foot-0

-Averages 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.4 minutes played

F-Jamel McLean, sophomore, 6-foot-8

-Averages 4.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14.5 minutes played

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