NEW YORK - The seventh-seeded Xavier Musketeers take on the 10th-seeded St. Joseph's Hawks in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. from the Barclays Center in New York.
Xavier (17-13, 9-7 A-10), which is coming into the game off a loss to the Butler Bulldogs to close out the regular-season, lost its only meeting with St. Joe's (17-12, 8-8) this season on Jan. 26, 59-49. Freshman Semaj Christon scored a game-high 16 points, but the rest of the Musketeers struggled to find their rhythm in Philadelphia as the Hawks came out on top.
Thursday night's get-together carries much more weight for both teams, as they are playing for their postseason lives after up-and-down regular seasons. The winner of the game will improve its stock for a likely berth in the NIT and continue their hopes of claiming an automatic NCAA berth by winning the conference tournament title.
Below is a collection of game notes provided by the sports information departments at Xavier and St. Joe's.
Time: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Barclays Center (18,000) in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Television: NBC Sports Network with play-by-play from Mike Korey and analysis from David Kaplan. Brooke Weisbrod will be the sideline reporter.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM with play-by-play from XU Hall of Famer and former Musketeer standout Joe Sunderman (‘79) and analysis from Xavier Hall of Famer and XU all-time leading scorer Byron Larkin (‘88). The XU broadcast is available via iHeart Radio.
What's up next: The winner of the game will meet second-seeded Virginia Commonwealth Friday at 6:30 p.m.
About the Hawks
F‐ #13 Ronald Roberts 11.6 points 8.5 rebounds 1.0 assists
F‐ #21 Halil Kanacevic 8.4 points 7.0 rebounds 3.3 assists
F‐ #11 Daryus Quarles 2.2 points 1.3 rebounds 0.4 assists (Has started past two games) OR F‐ #1 C.J. Aiken 10.9 points 5.6 rebounds 1.0 assists
G‐ #10 Langston Galloway 13.3 points 3.6 rebounds 2.3 assists
G‐ #35 Carl Jones 14.1 points 2.8 rebounds 2.6 assists
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