Musketeers Losing Streak Extends To Three Games Following Loss To Delaware 87-80


"We don't have no leaders right now, still trying to figure that out." Senior Forward Abou Ousmane told the media in the post game press conference.


"We just didn't get stops" Quincy Olivari mentioned after the teams inability to make plays defensively.


"This is the moment of truth for us, obviously we know we have a big game on Saturday but through our first nine games this is our worst performance, and in-particularly in the second half of this game." Said Coach Sean Miller.


The body language and the comments from the post-game pressers show a team that is feeling the effects of their losing streak, with two of those games to teams you'd expect the Musketeers to likely get big wins over, but now this is a team still trying to find their identity.


While there are ten new players on the roster, and there were late additions to the roster this summer, no one wants to hear that. What everyone wants to know is what will it take for this group of guys to know how to play together, and find ways to win. 


Give credit to Delaware, they came in to the Cintas Center, shot 50% from the field, 50% from the three-point area, 83% from the free-throw line and had the lead for 21 minutes tonight, after falling down by eleven points in the first half.


Quincy Olivari had a great game for Xavier, the guard scored 34 points, was 5/10 from deep and 9/10 from the stripe. Dayvion McKnight had a solid game as well with twelve points, seven assists and five rebounds. Other than that while you saw guys have moments, it wasn't enough to stop the losing streak.


Xavier committed 21 turnovers as a team, and they only forced eight. Xavier couldn't find a way to stop Jalun Trent who scored 27 points for the Blue Hens and let Delawares best three-point shooter Cavan Reilly shoot 5/7 from deep. Jyare Davis added 19 points of his own for his team contributing to the 42-32 advantage in the paint.


Now, Xavier has to look ahead to the Crosstown Shootout against the Cincinnati Bearcats. A Bearcat team who is 7-0 on the season, and likely looking at this trip to Cintas as a major opportunity to win their first game in the arena since 2001, a game they haven't picked up a victory since 2018. A hostile crowd, a great environment and a game that the fan base will not accept a loss on their home court. Tip-Off will be at 6:30 PM EST and the game will be broadcast on FS1.



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