SIZING UP VCU’S POTENTIAL A-10 QUARTERFINAL OPPONENTS

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Travis Taylor averages 11.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for Xavier.

Travis Taylor averages 11.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for Xavier.

No. 7 Xavier Musketeers (17-13, 9-7)
Coach:
Chris Mack (fourth season)
RPI/KenPom: 78/80
A-10 Tournament Championships: 4 (1998, 2002, 2004, 2006)
All time vs. VCU: series tied 2-2
This season: VCU 75, Xavier 71 (Feb. 23 – Cincinnati, Ohio)
Player to watch: Semaj Christon, Fr., Guard (15.4 ppg, 4.7 apg)
The rundown: Should the Rams draw the Musketeers in Friday’s quarterfinals, Christon would likely play a critical role in the outcome of the game. The last time these two teams met, the A-10 Rookie of the Year committed 10 turnovers against VCU’s Havoc full-court press. Yes, 10.

The first meeting between these two was a tale of two halves. Xavier shot an incredible 74 percent (14-of-19) in the first half and took a 39-26 lead into the lockerroom. The Musketeers extended their margin to as much as 17 points with 18:57 left before the Rams started knocking down shots and the press began wearing Xavier down. In all, VCU turned Xavier over 22 times in the game, which the Rams converted into 23 points.

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XAVIER COACH AND FAMILY RECORD “CALL ME MAYBE” VID

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Do you think when Carly Rae Jepsen released her infectiously annoying bubble gum single “Call Me Maybe”, that eventually middle-aged basketball coaches would be releasing parodies of her breakout hit with a muppet riding shotgun? I’m guessing the execs at Interscope Records didn’t plan for this.

Literally like a week ago, I was gently urged not to make fun of opposing teams this season, but come on! I agreed at the time, but come on! Must…resist..urge…aaaarrrrrrggggg!

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In all seriousness, Chris Mack is obviously a cool dude who doesn’t take himself too seriously. I applaud the effort, even if I decry the song choice. I’m hearing Anthony Grant is planning to release his parody of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” the end of the week.

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