Sunday, March 17, 2002

XU notebook


Young fighting fractured wrist

By Neil Schmidt, nschmidt@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DALLAS — Dave Young will dress for Xavier's second-round matchup today against Oklahoma, but his playing time is uncertain.

        The junior swingman reported no ill effects Saturday from playing Friday with a hairline fracture in his left (non-shooting) wrist.

        “I'm not going to say it's not sore,” Young said. “It's probably about the same as it felt (Friday). I'll tape it up and try to play.”

        XU made no announcements Saturday about who would start at small forward, but the strong play Friday by fifth-year senior Alvin Brown would make him a good bet.

        Young played nine first-half minutes against Hawaii, totaling two points and two rebounds, and Brown relieved him with 4:22 left in the first half. Brown totaled 10 points in 23 minutes.

        Young also has a sprained right wrist. Both wrists were injured on a fall March 7 in the A-10 Tournament.

        STRONG SCHEDULE:

        Xavier's strength of schedule was rated 78th in the final RPI ratings. But if the RPI continued into the NCAA Tournament, that figure would be rising fast.

        XU opponents have gone 8-1 thus far in the tournament, with all six of the teams XU played winning at least once.

        “When we scheduled those teams, we kind of felt they'd be as good as they're showing,” XU athletic director Mike Bobinski said.

        Six of XU's 11 nonconference foes made the tournament. XU went 4-2 against those teams, beating Wisconsin, Kent State, Creighton and Siena, and losing to Cincinnati and Missouri.

        Missouri and Kent State are already in the Sweet 16, with UC, Wisconsin and Creighton playing today.

        X-FILES:

        Oklahoma is the highest-ranked team XU has played since beating No.1 UC in December 1999. ... XU is 3-2 in NCAA Tournament play against Big 12 teams.

       



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