Tuesday, December 29, 1998

XU NOTEBOOK


Larkin fogged out

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MORAGA, Calif. - The top story on TV newscasts throughout the Bay area Monday was about the heavy fog that wreaked havoc at San Francisco International Airport.

        It caused a problem for Xavier, too.

        Radio color analyst Byron Larkin did not make it to Monday night's game at St. Mary's College by tipoff; the last time broadcast partner Joe Sunderman heard from him, Larkin was stuck Monday afternoon in Las Vegas.

        ROUGH ROAD: This is why they call them road trips.

        Xavier left Cincinnati about 1 p.m. Saturday for its flight to San Francisco. Because the airplane was so full, it had to stop in Omaha, Neb., to refuel, and passengers were not allowed off the plane.

        By the time it arrived in San Francisco, the Musketeers had been on the crowded airplane for six hours. Then they had almost an hour's bus ride to their hotel in Walnut Creek, Calif., east of Oakland.

        At 9:15 p.m. EST, Xavier was at the St. Mary's College gym for a shootaround.

        “When you go from Cincinnati to Northern California, it's going to be a long day,” Prosser said. “But that's part of it. The way it is in college basketball today, that's the landscape, traveling a long ways to play teams.”

        AFTER HOLIDAY: Last year's first game after Christmas was Xavier's 73-56 victory over DePaul in Cleveland. The Musketeers didn't play well but managed to win, anyway. “That's fresh on my mind,” Prosser said.

        SIGHT-SEEING: The Musketeers were scheduled to take a bus tour of San Francisco before returning home today.

        X FILES: Bob Gibbons of All Star Sports Report in Lenoir, N.C., rates Xavier recruit Lionel Chalmers (Albany, N.Y.) the 108th-best prep senior in the country and David Young (New Castle, Pa.) No.129.

        UP NEXT: Xavier opens Atlantic 10 Conference play at home Sunday against Rhode Island (2 p.m.). The Rams lost to Cleveland State on Sunday in Cleveland.

       



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