Monday, December 06, 1999

XU wary of 1-3 RedHawks

Muskies' last win at Miami: 1993

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        There is nothing about Miami's 1-3 record that allows Xavier coach Skip Prosser to breathe easily about the Musketeers' game in Oxford on Wednesday night.

        “I'm not going to buy any real estate from (Miami coach) Charlie Coles,” Prosser said with a smile. “He's been crying the blues now for a long time. I think it's four fifth-year seniors in the starting lineup and a junior who's started three years, and the last time I checked they were in the Sweet 16 with the same guys.”

        Well, kind of. The RedHawks, coming off a 67-58 overtime loss at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday, don't exactly have the same cast of characters. There's a guy named Wally Szczerbiak missing, not to mention Damon Frierson and John Estick. Those were the top three scorers from last year's team.

        Xavier lost its top three scorers from last season, too.

        But a big reason Prosser is fretting about this showdown is location, location, location. The Musketeers have not won in Millett Hall in six years. Xavier has won six of the last eight games in the series but only once in Oxford (Dec. 11, 1993). The last two games there were won by Miami (80-72 and 85-71).

        This is the RedHawks' home opener; they went 12-0 in Millett last season.

        “It's going to be a real challenge for us,” Prosser said. “We're going to have to play very, very well for 40 minutes and gut it out.

        “They really have some good ingredients. (Rob) Mestas, I think he took over for Charlie when Charlie played up there (1963-65), and those guys are good players.”

        Miami also has lost to No.10 Temple and No.18 Tennessee.


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