Xavier, is 11-7 overall and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. They had their four-game winning streak snapped at Charlotte on Wednesday, 63-57. The Musketeers beat Temple at home, and have a quality road win at La Salle.
Xavier is second in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage defense (.408), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.303), and scoring defense (60.8 ppg.). Freshman Semaj Christon leads the team in scoring (10th overall and first among freshmen in the A-10 at 14.9 ppg.), assists (fourth overall and second among freshmen in the A-10 at 4.9 apg.) and steals (12th in the A-10 at 1.6 spg.).
Senior Brad Redford has provided reliable long-distance shooting particularly in conference games. He’s scored in double figures in three of the last four games. Redford, who is second in the A-10 in 3-point percentage (.467) for all games, has averaged 13.0 ppg in A-10 play so far (second on the team and 18th in the A-10 for conference games only).
6’8 senior Travis Taylor has been a big help on the boards (8.2 rpg) and has been playing quite well since conference play began. In the five conference games he has pulled down double-figure rebounding totals in four games. In the A-10 he averaging 10.2 rpg and 13.0 ppg. Taylor transferred from Monmouth after averaging 17.8 ppg and 7.6 rpg in the 2009-10 season and is finally starting to show that ability.
Xavier struggled in the non-conference, finishing 7-6. Since conference play began the Musketeers have played better basketball and will be a factor in a crowded A-10 championship race.
Ryan Klaas is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball.