CINCINNATI - The men's basketball teams at Xavier and Dayton will square off once again Wednesday evening when the Flyers venture down Interstate 75 to the XU campus.
While it doesn’t receive the same hype as the annual Crosstown Classic between the Musketeers and the University of Cincinnati, the conference matchup between UD and Xavier is always hotly contested on the court and in the stands.
Records: Xavier (11-8, 4-2 A-10) vs. Dayton (12-7, 2-3 A-10)
Time: Wed., Jan. 30, 2013 at 9 p.m.
Location: Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University
Television: CBS Sports Network with play-by-play from Tom McCarthy and analysis from Seth Davis and former Xavier captain Steve Wolf (XU’83).
Radio: 55KRC-AM with play-by-play from XU Hall of Famer and former Musketeer standout Joe Sunderman (‘79). Analysis will be provided by Xavier Hall of Famer and XU all-time leading scorer Byron Larkin (‘88).
Xavier and Dayton have met 158 times, the first time being in the 1919-20 season (UD won 24-18). The two teams have met 59 times more than any other opponent Xavier has faced. It’s also the most played rivalry for Dayton. XU has won 27 straight games against the Dayton Flyers in Cincinnati. Dayton’s last win over XU in Cincinnati came in the 1980-81 season.
UD leads the all-time series 84-74, but lost two of three versus Xavier last season. The two teams have met at least once every year since 1946-47.
Wednesday’s game will be the 57th contest to feature the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy, which will go to the winning school. The trophy, which has gone to the winning school since 1980-81, is named in honor of legendary coaches who put their two schools on the basketball map - Dayton’s Tom Blackburn and XU’s Jim McCafferty. The trophy series only covers regular season meetings, and XU leads the trophy series 36-20.
The Last Meeting: March 9, 2012 – A-10 Tourney quarterfinals - XU 70, Dayton 69
Xavier advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament with a thrilling win over Dayton at Boardwalk Hall. With the win, XU improved to 20-11 on the season while UD fell to 19-12.
The Xavier Musketeers enter the game 11-8 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic 10. At the Cintas Center, Xavier has been tough to beat with a 7-2 record. The Musketeer defense allows 60.7 points per game, second-best in the conference. XU is led by freshman Semaj Christon, who averages 14.9 points and 4.7 assists per game. Travis Taylor is averaging close to a double-double in A-10 action with 10.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest.
The Flyers, 12-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play, won a pair of games at home last week. UD’s three conference losses were all against teams in the RPI Top 50. In Atlantic 10 games, the Flyers lead in defensive rebounding (26.6), 3-point field goal shooting (.453), 3-point field goals made (9.5) and rebounding margin (+12.5). Kevin Dillard leads Dayton in scoring (14.9), assists (4.8), three-pointers made (35), free throws made (85), free throw percentage (.867), minutes (31.8) and steals (25). Devin Oliver ranks second in the A-10 in rebounding averaging 8.6 per contest.
Xavier game notes
- Xavier, 11-8 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic 10, lost its second straight A-10 road game on Saturday at Saint Joseph’s, 59-49, despite holding a 49-47 lead with under four minutes left. Christon led all scorers with16 points.
- Xavier is third in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage defense (.405), second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.311), and second in scoring defense (60.7 ppg.).
- Xavier is playing its lone home game in a five-game stretch. XU is coming off a two-game road swing and, after the Dayton game, starts another two-game road swing at Richmond on Saturday.
- Christon leads XU in scoring (10th overall and first among freshmen in the A-10 at 14.9 ppg.), assists (sixth overall and second among freshmen in the A-10 at 4.7 apg.) and steals (15th in the A-10 at 1.5 spg.).
- Xavier senior Brad Redford, who is third in the A-10 in 3-point percentage (.447) for all games, has averaged 10.8 ppg. in A-10 play so far.
- Xavier senior Travis Taylor is XU’s rebound leader at 8.0 rpg. (tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10), while standing second in scoring at 11.5 ppg.
- Xavier sophomore Justin Martin, who is fourth on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg.) and in rebounding (4.9 rpg.), has recorded nine double-figure scoring games.
- Xavier sophomore Dee Davis, who missed two games recently with a wrist injury, is third on the team in scoring (8.6 ppg.) and second in assists (ninth in A-10 at 3.8 apg.).
- Xavier fourth-year head coach Chris Mack is 84-38 (.688) overall and 43-11 (.796) in A-10 regular season play as Xavier’s head coach. Mack led Xavier to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons, including the NCAA Sweet