Xavier’s five-game winning streak was snapped at Butler Tuesday, losing 71-66. Butler (16-14, 7-10, 89th) avenged its earlier loss in front of a near-capacity crowd on senior night. The Musketeers (16-14, 8-9, 101st) were led by Tyrique Jones and Paul Scruggs who each had 13 points in a tightly contested matchup. Butler was led by Kamar Baldwin (24) and “crowd favorite” Paul Jorgenson (19) in scoring for the Bulldogs’ last home game. Xavier is now tied for fourth place in the Big East, and currently holds the tiebreaker over St. John’s. XU will host St. John’s (20-10, 8-9, 49th) Saturday for senior day/regular season finale at 5 PM. TV: FOX Radio: 700 WLW
Quentin Goodin (3) had seven points in the contest (Russo/USA Today).
Xavier was able to come back and hold on to a one point lead to win 70-69 over Butler Sunday. The Musketeers (11-7, 3-2, 74th) were led by Paul Scruggs’ 24 points and Naji Marshall’s 14. Xavier seemed to struggle throughout the game as Butler held a double-digit lead at one time before making late rally. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (10-7, 1-3, 71st) were led by Kamar Baldwin who scored 14 points. Xavier hopes to continue its winning streak when it faces heavily-favored Villanova (13-4, 4-0, 18th) Friday at 8:30 p.m. in The Pavilion (Philadelphia). TV: FS1 Radio: 700 WLW
Xavier celebrates a one point victory over Butler Sunday afternoon (Elgazzar)
College basketball was under way Monday, as the Xavier Musketeers defeated the Butler Bulldogs 62-47. The game was featured during ESPN’s 24-hour college basketball broadcast. Xavier improves to 2-0. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bearcats easily beat the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 102-60 to improve to 2-0 as well.
The Connecticut Huskies were able to outlast the Butler Bulldogs in an offensive struggle, 53-41 in the National Championship Monday. Connecticut was able to finish the year strong, winning 11 consecutive postseason games to earn a Big East Championship, and then a National Championship. For coach Jim Calhoun, it’s his third National Title. On the other hand, the Butler Bulldogs finished as runner-ups for the second year in a row. Both teams struggled offensively the entire game. However Butler’s field goal percentage was 19%, setting a dubious National championship record. UConn’s shooting wasn’t pretty either, at 35%. As a team with nine losses, lots of remarks are being made about whether the “best” team won the championship. But it seems that Connecticut proved their case and then some, winning 11 consecutive games in the postseason, including wins over San Diego State, Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and so on… as if a National Championship isn’t enough.