For Xavier, this matchup tonight should be a run-away. The Musketeers have the 15th best offense in the nation and they are running away from people on a nightly basis. This is a team that comes loaded and stacked with talent and just as last year, they will be a force to be reckoned with down the stretch.
What a great move the university made when they extended the contract of head coach Chris Mack. Since the 09/10 season he has guided the team to a 186-91record. With no disrespect to Xavier and the program; remember this is Xavier were talking about. This is not North Carolina, Duke or Kentucky. Xavier is not even the most popular basketball team in Cincinnati! What Chris Mack had done at Xavier has been remarkable and he is doing it again this year.
Chris Mack gets the absolute best out of his players. Trevon Bluiett 20 ppg, 5 rpg, J.P. Macura 13 ppg, 4 rpg, Kaiser Gates, 11 ppg, 5 rpg, Tyrique Jones, 9.4 ppg, 6 rpg. There are coaches in the NCAA that have the correct formula, and they get the most from their players. There are other coaches in the NCAA that things just come to them on a silver platter. I.E. Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari…. Who doesn’t want to play for Duke or Kentucky? Every year it’s the same. The blue-chip, All American players go to the best teams. Give it up to coaches like Chris Mack and Mark Few, they get the most from their talent and find ways to win.
Now that No. 14 Xavier has come out of an unusually tough stretch of its early season relatively unscathed, the Musketeers will look to take advantage of a stretch of home games against lesser opponents - beginning with Wednesday's showdown with Kent State. Xavier took on three nationally ranked teams in succession and went 2-1, a stretch capped by a satisfying 89-76 triumph over rival Cincinnati.
You still have time for the Xavier game. Get in on this one. The Musketeers are playing like a house a fire and running opponents out of the gym. This should be a blowout victory and a high scoring game. No matter what happen; it will be a fun one. Call up your favorite online sportsbook and load up. There are many great games left on the schedule tonight. Don’t sit this night out! Beat the bookie.