Saturday, March 06, 1999
Hey, UK, what about us
BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
PHILADELPHIA Dayton will be playing Kentucky at the Firstar Center next season. In Xavier's backyard.
Absolutely news to me, XU Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said before Friday night's game. It's the first I've known of it.
XU had a chance to face the defending national champion Wildcats this season but lost its first game, to Pittsburgh, at the Puerto Rico Shootout during Thanksgiving weekend.
Atlantic 10 commissioner Linda Bruno, who called Dayton about the game, said ESPN called her and asked specifically about the Flyers.
Would XU consider playing Kentucky at the Firstar Center? We'd be interested, sure, Bobinski said. Why wouldn't we be?
The Musketeers have room on their schedule for next season. As of now, Bobinski said, Xavier's non-conference home games are against St. Mary's College, Toledo, Cincinnati and Marist which Skip Prosser's son Mark plays for and the road games are at Miami, Canisius and Central Michigan. Looking way ahead: Xavier was invited to play in the 2002 Preseason NIT.
In USA Today's projected NCAA Tournament draw Friday, Xavier was the No. 12 seed in the West, playing Louisville in Denver.
The other A-10 teams in the field: Temple (No.5 seed) and George Washington (No.8).
ESPN had talked to Xavier about coming Sunday and broadcasting the team watching the selection of the 64-team field. But the sports cable network told Xavier no, thanks, Friday, saying it could find more drama elsewhere. Apparently, ESPN is confident the Musketeers will be in the NCAA.
In the 1990s, only five teams in the Atlantic 10 with 20 victories or more failed to go to the NCAA Tournament. The exceptions: Dayton '98 (21-12), Rhode Island '96 (20-14) and '92 (22-10), Massachusetts '91 (20-13) and Penn State '90 (25-9).
Xavier is 21-10.
Temple has eliminated Xavier from the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament three times in four years; the only time it didn't was last season when XU won the title.
Lenny Brown moved into fourth place on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,789 career points. He passed Jamie Gladden (1,780).
James Posey, 15th on XU's scoring list when the regular season ended, is up to 13th with 1,347 career points. No. 12 is Jeff Jenkins (1,384). Posey's streak of five consecutive double-doubles ended Friday.
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