Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mopping The Floor At Cintas

I figured Xavier would mop the floor with Fordham, and the Musketeers did just that. 88-53, a 35 point blowout. It's hard to make serious judgements when the opponent is struggling the Fordham is struggling. Dante Jackson bounced back with a nice game, 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and only 1 turnover. Terrell Holloway only had 1 turnover in 22 minutes, but just 1 assist and 2 points. Holloway did have 6 rebounds. Freshman Brad Redford led 'X' with 15 points, all coming on 3 point shots. Fordham gave him room to shoot and Redford gladly took advantage, even if it was 30 feet away. Jamel McLean also had a good line, 5-6 from the field, 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. Coach Sean Miller says he's looking to McLean to provide the inside depth any team needs heading into March. Jackson's play was one of the more important aspects of the game for Xavier, so here's Sean and Dante talking about that.

Freshman Brad Redford took 9 shots, all from 3 point range. He nailed 5 of them.

It will take big play from Redford, Jackson, and the rest of the guards if Xavier wants to make some noise in March.

As discussed earlier, Jamel McLean gave Xavier some solid inside play. McLean is a guy who can take some serious pressure off of Xavier's other interior players.

So up next is a trip to Charlotte on Thursday. Charlotte is where Dayton was tripped up on Sunday, February 8th. X will be looking to get a fast start out of the gate, something the Muskies didn't do in their 2 recent losses on the road.

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