Wednesday, September 01, 1999

Schedule isn't tougher for XU


Crosstown, Great Alaska Shootouts are highlights

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Based on the season-ending Rating Percentage Index ranking, the strength of the Xavier men's basketball schedule for 1999-2000 is similar to last season's, when schedule strength was a factor in keeping XU out of the NCAA Tournament.

'99-'00 SCHEDULE
  Nov. 10 - *Foreign team (TBA)
  Nov. 13 - *Athletes in Action
  Nov. 20 - MD.-EASTERN SHORE
  Nov. 25 - #Louisville
  Nov. 26 - #Kansas
  Nov. 26 - #or Georgia
  Nov. 27 - #TBA
  Dec. 4 - E. TENNESSEE STATE
  Dec. 8 - at Miami
  Dec. 11 - at Central Michigan
  Dec. 18 - CINCINNATI
  Dec. 21 - ST. MARY'S (Calif.)
  Dec. 27 - PRINCETON
  Dec. 30 - TOLEDO
  Jan. 2 - at Marquette
  Jan. 6 - VIRGINIA TECH
  Jan. 9 - at Rhode Island
  Jan. 11 - at Dayton
  Jan. 15 - at Duquesne
  Jan. 23 - LA SALLE
  Jan. 25 - at Temple
  Jan. 30 - FORDHAM
  Feb. 2 - DAYTON
  Feb. 5 - at Geo. Washington
  Feb. 9 - at Canisius
  Feb. 12 - MASSACHUSETTS
  Feb. 15 - DUQUESNE
  Feb. 19 - at Virginia Tech
  Feb. 22 - GEO. WASHINGTON
  Feb. 27 - at La Salle
  March 1 - at St. Bonaventure
  March 5 - ST. JOSEPH'S 1
  March 8 - Atlantic 10 tournament at Philadelphia
  Home games in CAPS
  RPIs are final 1998-'99
  * Exhibition
  # Great Alazka Shootout at Anchorage (other teams participating: Alaska-Anchorage, Georgia Tech, Grambling State, Washington)
        This year's schedule, released Tuesday, includes six opponents that were not on last year's regular-season schedule (XU played Princeton in the NIT). The RPIs of those six average 152.5. The six on last year's schedule that the Musketeers won't play this season average 151.3.

        What does that mean?

        The Musketeers need Atlantic 10 Conference teams to fare a little better than last season, when only three earned NCAA bids (Temple, George Washington, Rhode Island) and four had RPIs in the top 100.

        “I think the A-10 race is going to be the most competitive since we've been in it,” Xavier coach Skip Prosser said. “Every night's going to be a tremendous battle, home and away.”

        Teams that have been near the top of their divisions — XU, George Washington, Rhode Island, Massachusetts — lost a slew of key players. St. Joseph's, La Salle, Fordham, St. Bonaventure have almost everybody back.

        • Key dates: at Miami University (Dec. 8), Cincinnati (Dec. 18), at Temple (Jan. 25).

        • Best of the bunch: Louisville, Miami, Cincinnati, Rhode Island, Temple and George Washington were in the 1999 NCAA Tournament; Princeton and Toledo were in the NIT. The second game of the Great Alaska Shootout will be against Kansas (NCAA) or Georgia (NIT).

        • Toughest stretches: Dec. 18-30, XU plays consecutive games against Cincinnati, St. Mary's and 7-foot-3 center Brad Millard, Princeton and Toledo. Also, XU is at Rhode Island Jan. 9 and at Dayton two days later.

       



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