Xavier Musketeers

Xavier Basketball: Musketeers Team Preview and Season Prediction 2019-20

Musketeers look to return to NCAA Tournament after one-year absence
Xavier Musketeers 2019-20 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Watching the NCAA Tournament instead of participating in it is not the norm at Xavier, but that’s what the Musketeers were forced to do in Travis Steele’s first season as head coach. A slow start in Big East play — three wins in its first 11 games — doomed Xavier, which missed the Field of 68 for the first time since 2013.


Missing the NCAA Tournament, however, will not become a trend for the Musketeers, who should be back in the mix thanks to the return of four starters and the arrival of several quality newcomers.

 

Xavier Basketball: Musketeers Team Preview and Season Prediction 2018-19

Musketeers will rely on tough defense to carry them back to NCAAs
Xavier Musketeers 2018-19 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Chris Mack left for Louisville after nine seasons at his alma mater, and his top assistant, Travis Steele, will slide over and assume control of a team that lost a ton of production. Leading scorer Trevon Bluiett and two other seniors — J.P. Macura and Kerem Kanter — who averaged double figures a year ago are gone. In addition, Kaiser Gates, who could have been Xavier’s top scorer this season, decided to turn pro and went undrafted. 

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