The Xavier Musketeers are on fire right now, they are currently riding an impressive eight game winning streak with notable wins over Cincinnati, Alabama, St. John’s, Butler, and Marquette.
The Musketeers have not lost a game played in the United States, their three losses came back-to-back-to-back in the Battle 4 Atlantis played in the Bahamas. Those losses were to Iowa, Tennessee, and Southern California.
Today at 3:00 eastern time, Xavier will play in it’s first true road game of the season, as they will be in Omaha taking on Doug McDermott and the Creighton Blue Jays (13-2).
Creighton’s two losses came to San Diego State and George Washington, so they are definitely a beatable team. They really don’t have any notable wins yet, with the exception of a victory over Marquette. We should all learn what kind of a team the Blue Jays and Musketeers are today, as it is both team’s toughest test of the season so far.
Doug McDermott is Creighton’s star player. The senior forward leads the team in points per game, averaging 24.3, and rebounds per game, averaging 7.3. The Musketeers will have to keep a close eye on him, and play well defensively in the paint. If X can keep McDermott under control, the Blue Jays’ offensive will become very average.
Xavier will need another big game from Semaj Christon, he put up 28 points against Marquette, XU fans would love to see him go off like that again today. X will also need guys like Matt Stainbrook and James Farr to keep up the good work and contribute.
If the Musketeers play like they have in their last eight games, they will get a win, but Creighton is very solid all around, so it will be a challenge. You can catch the action on CBS Sports Network, tip-off is at 3:00 eastern time.