2010–11 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team

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2010–11 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball
Xavier Musketeers logo.svg
Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 22
AP No. 20
2010–11 record 24–8 (15–1 A-10)
Head coach Chris Mack (2nd year)
Assistant coach Pat Kelsey
Assistant coach Orlando Ranson
Assistant coach Travis Steele
Home arena Cintas Center
Seasons
2010–11 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#20 Xavier 15 1   .938     24 8   .750
Temple 14 2   .875     26 8   .765
Richmond 13 3   .813     29 8   .784
Duquesne 10 6   .625     19 13   .594
George Washington 10 6   .625     17 14   .548
Rhode Island 9 7   .563     20 14   .588
St. Bonaventure 8 8   .500     16 15   .516
Dayton 7 9   .438     22 14   .611
UMass 7 9   .438     15 15   .500
La Salle 6 10   .375     15 18   .455
Saint Louis 6 10   .375     12 19   .387
Saint Joseph's 4 12   .250     11 22   .333
Charlotte 2 14   .125     10 20   .333
Fordham 1 15   .063     7 21   .250
2011 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
As of March 25, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010–11 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team represented Xavier University in the 2010–11 college basketball season. This was head coach Chris Mack's second season at Xavier. The Musketeers competed in the Atlantic 10 Conference and played their home games at the Cintas Center. They finished the season 24–8, 15–1 in A-10 play to win the regular season conference championship. The Musketeers lost in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament to Dayton. They received an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament as a #6 seed where they lost in the Second Round to Marquette.

Previous season[edit]

The Musketeers finished the 2009–10 season 26–9, 14–2 in A-10 play to win a share of the regular season championship. They lost in the semifinals of the A-10 Tournament to Richmond. The Musketeers received an at-large bid as a #6 seed to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Minnesota and Pittsburgh before losing to Kansas State in the Sweet Sixteen.

Preseason[edit]

This was head coach Chris Mack's second season at Xavier. On October 21, 2010, the Musketeers were picked by other Atlantic 10 coaches to finish second in the league standings and received three first place votes. Tu Holloway was named to the All-Conference Second Team, while Dante Jackson was named to the defensive team.[1] Jay Bilas of ESPN named Xavier the top team in the Atlantic 10, and praised the coaching job Chris Mack did in his initial season.[2]

Roster[edit]

Source[3]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
2 Jordan Latham 6'8" 220 F Fr. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Baltimore City College HS
10 Mark Lyons 6'1" 195 G So. Schenectady, NY, U.S. Brewster Academy
11 Jay Canty 6'6" 190 G/F Fr. Jameston, NC, U.S. Oak Ridge Military Academy
12 Brad Redford 6'0" 175 G Jr. Frankenmuth, MI, U.S. Frankenmuth HS
13 Kevin Feeney 6'3" 170 G Sr. Monticello, IL, U.S. Monticello HS
14 Johnny Mazza 6'0" 160 G Jr. Cincinnati, OH, U.S. St. Xavier HS
15 Andrew Taylor 6'8" 215 F Jr. Toledo, OH, U.S. St. John's Jesuit HS
15 Justin Martin 6'7" 200 F Fr. Beckley, WV, U.S. Mountain State
21 Jeff Robinson 6'9" 200 F So. Indianapolis, IN, U.S. Lawrence HS
22 Jamel McLean 6'8" 235 F Sr. Hampton, VA, U.S. Bethel HS
25 Danté Jackson 6'5" 195 G Sr. Greenfield, OH, U.S. McClain HS
32 Kenny Frease 7'0" 265 C Jr. Massillon, OH, U.S. Perry HS
33 Joe Hughes 6'6" 205 F Sr. Indianapolis, IN, U.S. Cathedral HS
52 Tu Holloway 6'0" 185 G Jr. Hempstead, NY, U.S. Harmony Community School

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/2/10*
7:00 PM
Northern Kentucky W 73–62 
Cintas Center (9,280)
Cincinnati, OH
11/2/10*
7:00 PM
Bellarmine L 61–63 
Cintas Center (10,015)
Cincinnati, OH
Regular season
11/12/10*
7:00 PM, FS Ohio
Western Michigan W 68–65  1–0
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
11/16/10*
7:00 PM, FS Ohio
IPFW W 76–66  2–0
Cintas Center (9,949)
Cincinnati, OH
11/19/10*
8:30 PM
vs. Iowa
Paradise Jam first round
W 86–73  3–0
Sports and Fitness Center (3,132)
Saint Thomas, VI
11/21/10*
8:40 PM, FCS
vs. Seton Hall
Paradise Jam semi-finals
W 57–52  4–0
Sports and Fitness Center (3,365)
Saint Thomas, VI
11/22/10*
8:00 PM
vs. Old Dominion
Paradise Jam finals
L 58–67  4–1
Sports and Fitness Center (3,893)
Saint Thomas, VI
11/27/10*
6:30 PM, FS Ohio
Wofford W 94–90 3OT 5–1
Cintas Center (2,921)
Cincinnati, OH
12/1/10*
7:00 PM
at Miami (OH) L 64–75  5–2
Millett Hall (3,945)
Oxford, Ohio
12/9/10*
9:00 PM, ESPN
Butler W 51–49  6–2
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
12/18/10*
8:00 PM, CBSCS
Wake Forest W 83–75  7–2
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
12/22/10*
11:00 PM, ESPN2
at Gonzaga L 54–64  7–3
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
12/28/10*
7:00 PM, FS Ohio
Albany W 88–64  8–3
Cintas Center (10,004)
Cincinnati, OH
12/31/10*
4:00 PM, ESPN2
Florida L 67–71  8–4
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
1/6/11*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at Cincinnati L 46–66  8–5
Fifth Third Arena (13,176)
Cincinnati, OH
A-10 Conference Regular season
1/9/11
6:30 PM, ESPNU
at Rhode Island W 72–45  9–5 (1–0)
Ryan Center (5,630)
Kingston, RI
1/12/11
7:00 PM, CBSCS
Massachusetts W 79–50  10–5 (2–0)
Cintas Center (9,832)
Cincinnati, OH
1/15/11
8:00 PM, CBSCS
Dayton W 81–76  11–5 (3–0)
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
1/19/11
7:00 PM, CBSCS
at St. Bonaventure W 79–65  12–5 (4–0)
Reilly Center (4,244)
St. Bonaventure, NY
1/22/11
12:00 PM, ESPN2
Temple W 88–77  13–5 (5–0)
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
1/26/11
7:00 PM, FS Ohio
George Washington W 81–74  14–5 (6–0)
Cintas Center (9,824)
Cincinnati, OH
1/29/11
12:00 PM, ESPN2
at Richmond W 85–62  15–5 (7–0)
Robins Center (8,514)
Richmond, VA
2/2/11
7:30 PM, FS Ohio
at Charlotte L 62–66  15–6 (7–1)
Dale F. Halton Arena (6,378)
Charlotte, NC
2/5/11
11:00 AM, ESPNU
Saint Louis W 76–68  16–6 (8–1)
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
2/8/11*
7:00 PM, ESPNU
at Georgia W 65–57  17–6 (8–1)
Stegeman Coliseum (7,627)
Athens, GA
2/13/11
2:00 PM, FS Ohio
at Duquesne W 71–63  18–6 (9–1)
A. J. Palumbo Center (10,509)
Pittsburgh, PA
2/16/11
7:00 PM, CBSCS
No. 24 at Saint Joseph's W 74–54  19–6 (10–1)
Hagan Arena (3,911)
Philadelphia, PA
2/19/11
8:00 PM, FS Ohio
No. 24 Fordham W 79–72  20–6 (11–1)
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
2/22/11
7:00 PM, CBSCS
No. 25 La Salle W 100–62  21–6 (12–1)
Cintas Center (10,054)
Cincinnati, OH
2/27/11
1:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 25 at Dayton W 66–62  22–6 (13–1)
UD Arena (13,435)
Dayton, OH
3/2/11
7:00 PM, CBSCS
No. 23 Charlotte W 68–48  23–6 (14–1)
Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
3/5/11
2:00 PM, CBSCS
No. 23 Saint Louis W 66–55  24–6 (15–1)
Chaifetz Arena (7,268)
St. Louis, MO
A-10 Tournament
3/11/11
12:00 PM, CBSCS
No. 18 vs. Dayton
Quarterfinals
L 67–68  24–7
Boardwalk Hall (5,354)
Atlantic City, NJ
NCAA Tournament
3/18/11*
7:27 PM, truTV
(6 E) No. 20 vs. (10 E) Marquette
Second Round
L 55–66  24–8
Quicken Loans Arena (20,163)
Cleveland, OH
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Season[edit]

Preconference season[edit]

Tu Holloway had a triple-double as Xavier defeated Wake Forest 83–75 in the Skip Prosser Classic. Playing with a cut above his eyebrow, Holloway scored 12 points, dished a career-high 14 assists and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. David West was the last Xavier player to record a triple-double when he had one against Long Island University on December 8, 2001. Xavier started the game on a 12–2 run and forced Wake Forest into six turnovers in the first five minutes. The Musketeers led the entire game, and Kenny Frease scored a career-high 22 points.[4]

The annual Crosstown Shootout was held on January 6, 2011, pitting the Musketeers against archrival Cincinnati. In what was Xavier's lowest-scoring game in seven years, the Musketeers lost in convincing fashion 66–46. The Bearcats, meanwhile, improved to 15–0, equalling their second best start. Xavier hit one shot from beyond the arc on ten attempts. The Musketeers were led by Jamel McLean's 18 points, while Tu Holloway was held to five, well below his season average.[5]

Awards & honors[edit]

Tu Holloway
  • Preseason All-Atlantic 10 Second Team[1]
  • Bob Cousy Award Watchlist[6]
  • November 15, 2010 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week[7]
  • November 22, 2010 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week[8]
  • December 20, 2010 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week[9]
  • January 24, 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week[10]
Dante Jackson
  • Preseason All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Team[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Temple Tabbed A-10 Favorites; League Announces Preseason Accolades". Atlantic 10 Conference. October 21, 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Bilas, Jay (August 18, 2010). "Summer Shootaround: Atlantic 10". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.goxavier.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/xavi-m-baskbl-mtt.html
  4. ^ "Xavier 83, Wake Forest 75". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. December 18, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cincinnati stays unbeaten by routing city rival Xavier". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. January 30, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Nominees". Bob Cousy Award. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Holloway, Duren Head Up First A-10 Men's Basketball Weekly Awards". Atlantic 10 Conference. November 15, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Holloway, Staten Honored By The Atlantic 10". Atlantic 10 Conference. November 22, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Atlantic 10 Announces Men's Basketball Player And Rookie Of The Week". Atlantic 10 Conference. December 20, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Atlantic 10 Announces Men's Basketball Player And Rookie Of The Week". Atlantic 10 Conference. January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2011.