Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Xavier Notebook

T-shirts urge Musketeers to 'play to win'

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Three games left in the regular season. Time to pound home a point. Xavier coach Skip Prosser, asking for aggressiveness, printed up “Play to win” T-shirts for his players.

        “Kids can fall into the trap of playing not to lose,” he said. “You forget we're trying to win our way into (the NCAA Tournament). You don't talk your way in, you win your way in.”

        Tonight's game against St. Bonaventure (15-9, 6-6 Atlantic 10) is another one XU must have. The Muske teers (19-5, 10-3) are 38th in the RPI; the Bonnies are 81st.

        The Bonnies started 8-1 but have been inconsistent since.

        They have been led by senior forward Kevin Houston (18.8 ppg), a transfer from Miami (Fla.), and reigning A-10 Player of the Week J.R. Bremer (16.1). Two of their better players, senior center Peter Van Paassen (14.6 ppg) and Patricio Prato (6.9), are questionable for tonight with injuries.

        XU junior forward Lloyd Price, who had been questionable with a sore shoulder, practiced full-speed Tuesday and should start tonight.

        WEST IS NO. 1: XU center David West's 17 double-doubles this season are tied for most in the nation with Seton Hall's Eddie Griffin and Iowa's Reggie Evans. West's 11.3 rebounding average ranks fourth nationally, just 0.5 behind the leader, Evans.

        PUBLICITY: Sports Illustrated is running a piece on West this week. West is also the subject of upcoming stories in Slam and ESPN Magazine.


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