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2016–17 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team

The 2016–17 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team represented Xavier University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by eighth-year head coach Chris Mack, they played their games at the Cintas Center in Norwood, Ohio and were fourth-year members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 24–14, 9–9 in Big East play to finish in seventh place. In the Big East Tournament, they defeated DePaul and Butler before losing to Creighton in the semifinals. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed in the West region where they defeated Maryland, Florida State, and Arizona before losing in the Elite Eight to Gonzaga.

2016–17 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball
Xavier Musketeers logo.svg
Tire Pros Invitational champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 18
2016–17 record24–14 (9–9 Big East)
Head coachChris Mack (8th season)
Assistant coachTravis Steele
Assistant coachLuke Murray
Assistant coachMike Pegues
Home arenaCintas Center
Seasons
2016–17 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Villanova 15 3   .833     32 4   .889
No. 21 Butler 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
Creighton 10 8   .556     25 10   .714
Seton Hall 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Providence 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Marquette 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
Xavier 9 9   .500     24 14   .632
Saint John's 7 11   .389     14 19   .424
Georgetown 5 13   .278     14 18   .438
DePaul 2 16   .111     9 23   .281
2017 Big East Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Musketeers finished the 2015–16 season 28–6, 14–4 in Big East play to finish in second place. They defeated Marquette in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament to advance to the semifinals where they lost to Seton Hall. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they received a No. 2 seed. They defeated Weber State in the First Round to advance to the Second Round where they lost to Wisconsin.

PreseasonEdit

Prior to the season, Xavier was picked to finish second in a poll of Big East coaches.[1] Trevon Bluiett and Edmond Sumner were selected to the preseason All-Big East first team.[1]

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Larry Austin, Jr. 0 G 6'2" 174 Sophomore Springfield, IL Transferred to Vanderbilt
Jalen Reynolds 1 F 6'10" 232 Junior Livonia, MI Declare for 2016 NBA draft[2]
James Farr 2 F 6'10" 247 Senior Evanston, IL Graduated
Remy Abell 10 G 6'4" 195 RS Senior Louisville, KY Graduated
Makinde London 13 F 6'10" 210 RS Freshman Nashville, TN Transferred to Chattanooga
Kevin Coker 32 F 6'6" 200 Senior Plainfield, IL Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Malcolm Bernard 11 F 6'6" 190 RS Senior Middleburg, FL Transferred from Florida A&M. Will eligible to play since Bernard graduated from Florida A&M.
RaShid Gaston 35 F 6'9 239 RS Senior Warren, OH Transferred from Norfolk State.

Season summaryEdit

PreseasonEdit

Junior Trevon Bluiett entered his name in the NBA Pre-Draft, but withdrew his name prior to the deadline and will return to Xavier.[3]

Incoming recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Quentin Goodin
#17 PG
Campbellsville, KY Taylor County High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Nov 20, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Tyrique Jones
#24 PF
Bloomfield, CT Vermont Academy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Nov 20, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Future recruitsEdit

2017–18 team recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jared Ridder
SF
Springfield, MO Kickapoo High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 8, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Elias Harden
SG
Tyrone, GA Sandy Creek High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jul 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Naji Marshall
SF
Greenbelt, MD Hargrave Military Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jul 29, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Kentrevious Jones
C
Macon, GA Westside High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Sep 25, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Paul Scruggs
PG
Indianapolis, IN Prolific Prep 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oct 14, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

RosterEdit

2016–17 Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Tyrique Jones 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 237 lb (108 kg) Fr Vermont Academy Bloomfield, Connecticut
G 3 Quentin Goodin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 194 lb (88 kg) Fr Taylor County HS (KY) Campbellsville, Kentucky
G 4 Edmond Sumner   6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 186 lb (84 kg) RS So Detroit Country Day Detroit, Michigan
G 5 Trevon Bluiett 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Jr Park Tudor School Indianapolis, Indiana
G 10 Leighton Schrand (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Fr Holy Cross HS (Covington, KY) Villa Hills, Kentucky
G 11 Malcolm Bernard 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 202 lb (92 kg) RS Sr Middleburg HS Miami, Florida
F 12 Cullen Barr (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Sr Carmel Catholic HS Libertyville, Illinois
G 20 Alex Bergen (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Oak Hills HS Cincinnati, Ohio
F 21 Tim Stainbrook 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Sr St. Edward HS (OH) Bay Village, Ohio
F 22 Kaiser Gates 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) So St. Francis HS (GA) Alpharetta, Georgia
G/F 24 Conor Peterson (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Brewster Academy Libertyville, Illinois
F 35 RaShid Gaston 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 239 lb (108 kg) RS Sr Warren G. Harding HS Warren, Ohio
F/C 54 Sean O'Mara 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Jr Benet Academy Glen Ellyn, Illinois
G 55 J. P. Macura 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Jr Lakeville North HS Lakeville, Minnesota
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 4, 2016*
4:00 pm
No. 7 Ferris State W 80–56 
 23  Sumner   10  Tied   6  Sumner  Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
Regular season
Nov 11, 2016*
7:00 pm, FCS
No. 7 Lehigh W 84–81  1–0
 25  Bluiett   11  Bluiett   6  Sumner  Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
Nov 14, 2016*
7:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 11 Buffalo W 86–53  2–0
 18  Macura   11  Jones   4  Goodin  Cintas Center (10,116)
Cincinnati, OH
Nov 17, 2016*
1:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 11 vs. Missouri
Tire Pros Invitational quarterfinals
W 83–82 OT 3–0
 19  Macura   10  Gaston   5  Macura  HP Field House 
Orlando, FL
Nov 18, 2016*
1:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 11 vs. Clemson
Tire Pros Invitational semifinals
W 83–77  4–0
 28  Macura   7  Bernard   6  Sumner  HP Field House 
Orlando, FL
Nov 20, 2016*
6:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 11 vs. Northern Iowa
Tire Pros Invitational championship
W 67–59  5–0
 21  Bluiett   8  Bluiett   3  Sumner  HP Field House 
Orlando, FL
Nov 26, 2016*
12:00 pm, FSN
No. 9 Northern Iowa
Tire Pros Invitational non-bracketed game
W 64–42  6–0
 18  Macura   8  Bluiett   7  Sumner  Cintas Center (10,028)
Cincinnati, OH
Nov 30, 2016*
6:30 pm, FS1
No. 7 North Dakota State W 85–55  7–0
 23  Bluiett   8  Bernard   7  Tied  Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
Dec 3, 2016*
3:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 at No. 9 Baylor L 61–76  7–1
 23  Bluiett   8  Gaston   3  Macura  Ferrell Center (9,684)
Waco, TX
Dec 7, 2016*
9:00 pm, P12N
No. 13 at Colorado L 66–68  7–2
 27  Bluiett   11  Gaston   5  Sumner  Coors Events Center (7,743)
Boulder, CO
Dec 10, 2016*
5:30 pm, FOX
No. 13 Utah W 77–69  8–2
 18  Tied   14  Gaston   4  Sumner  Cintas Center (10,350)
Cincinnati, OH
Dec 17, 2016*
8:30 pm, FS1
No. 17 Wake Forest
Skip Prosser Classic
W 69–65  9–2
 20  Bluiett   7  Bluiett   3  Bernard  Cintas Center (10,407)
Cincinnati, OH
Dec 20, 2016*
6:30 pm, FS1
No. 17 Eastern Washington W 85–56  10–2
 16  Bluiett   6  Macura   9  Sumner  Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
Dec 28, 2016
7:00 pm, FSN
No. 17 Providence W 82–56  11–2
(1–0)
 22  Bluiett   9  Bluiett   7  Sumner  Cintas Center (10,426)
Cincinnati, OH
Dec 31, 2016
11:00 am, FS1
No. 17 at Georgetown W 81–76  12–2
(2–0)
 28  Sumner   9  Gaston   6  Sumner  Verizon Center (11,275)
Washington, D.C.
Jan 7, 2017
2:30 pm, FS1
No. 16 St. John's W 97–82  13–2
(3–0)
 20  Sumner   6  Bluiett   7  Sumner  Cintas Center (10,474)
Cincinnati, OH
Jan 10, 2017
7:00 pm, FS1
No. 15 at No. 3 Villanova L 54–79  13–3
(3–1)
 11  Sumner   6  Tied   3  Bluiett  The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Jan 14, 2017
2:00 pm, FS1
No. 15 at No. 12 Butler L 78–83  13–4
(3–2)
 22  Sumner   8  Bernard   3  Sumner  Hinkle Fieldhouse (9,166)
Indianapolis, IN
Jan 16, 2017
2:00 pm, FS1
No. 22 No. 7 Creighton L 67–72  13–5
(3–3)
 17  Blueitt   17  Gaston   5  Sumner  Cintas Center (10,348)
Cincinnati, OH
Jan 22, 2017
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 22 Georgetown W 86–75  14–5
(4–3)
 24  Bluiett   7  Sumner   7  Sumner  Cintas Center (10,343)
Cincinnati, OH
Jan 26, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 24 at No. 19 Cincinnati
Crosstown Shootout
L 78–86  14–6
 40  Bluiett   7  Macura   7  Sumner  Fifth Third Arena (13,477)
Cincinnati, OH
Jan 29, 2017
6:00 pm, FS1
No. 24 at St. John's W 82–77  15–6
(5–3)
 21  Bluiett   10  Bluiett   7  Sumner  Madison Square Garden (8,723)
New York, NY
Feb 1, 2017
9:00 pm, FS1
Seton Hall W 72–70  16–6
(6–3)
 24  Bluiett   8  Gates   7  Goodin  Cintas Center (10,087)
Cincinnati, OH
Feb 4, 2017
3:00 pm, FOX
at No. 22 Creighton W 82–80  17–6
(7–3)
 16  Tied   9  Gates   5  Goodin  CenturyLink Center (17,886)
Omaha, NE
Feb 8, 2017
6:30 pm, FS1
No. 24 DePaul W 72–61  18–6
(8–3)
 20  Bluiett   10  Gates   8  Goodin  Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
Feb 11, 2017
2:30 pm, FOX
No. 24 No. 2 Villanova L 57–73  18–7
(8–4)
 23  Gaston   10  Gaston   7  Macura  Cintas Center (10,558)
Cincinnati, OH
Feb 15, 2017
6:30 pm, FS1
at Providence L 63–75  18–8
(8–5)
 19  Gaston   14  Gaston   4  Macura  Dunkin' Donuts Center (10,102)
Providence, RI
Feb 18, 2017
8:00 pm, CBSSN
at Marquette L 61–83  18–9
(8–6)
 14  O'Mara   10  Gaston   8  Goodin  BMO Harris Bradley Center (19,033)
Milwaukee, WI
Feb 22, 2017
7:00 pm, FS1
at Seton Hall L 64–71  18–10
(8–7)
 22  Macura   7  Gates   8  Goodin  Prudential Center (7,139)
Newark, NJ
Feb 26, 2017
3:30 pm, FS1
No. 22 Butler L 79–88  18–11
(8–8)
 21  Bluiett   5  Goodin   7  Goodin  Cintas Center (10,312)
Cincinnati, OH
Mar 1, 2017
9:00 pm, FS1
Marquette L 84–95  18–12
(8–9)
 20  Macura   7  Gaston   5  Tied  Cintas Center (10,071)
Cincinnati, OH
Mar 4, 2017
2:00 pm, FSN
at DePaul W 76–65  19–12
(9–9)
 24  Bluiett   10  Bluiett   3  Tied  Allstate Arena (6,774)
Rosemont, IL
Big East Tournament
Mar 8, 2017
9:30 pm, FS1
(7) vs. (10) DePaul
First Round
W 75–64  20–12
 17  Bluiett   9  Bluiett   6  Macura  Madison Square Garden (14,830)
New York, NY
Mar 9, 2017
9:30 pm, FS1
(7) vs. (2) No. 18 Butler
Quarterfinals
W 62–57  21–12
 23  Bluiett   10  Bernard   4  Tied  Madison Square Garden (16,003)
New York, NY
Mar 10, 2017
9:30 pm, FS1
(7) vs. (6) Creighton
Semifinals
L 72–75  21–13
 22  Macura   6  Gaston   4  Tied  Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
Mar 16, 2017*
6:50 pm, TNT
(11 W) vs. (6 W) Maryland
First Round
W 76–65  22–13
 21  Bluiett   6  Bernard   9  Goodin  Amway Center (15,869)
Orlando, FL
Mar 18, 2017*
6:10 pm, TNT
(11 W) vs. (3 W) No. 16 Florida State
Second Round
W 91–66  23–13
 29  Bluiett   6  Bluiett   5  Tied  Amway Center (17,308)
Orlando, FL
Mar 23, 2017*
10:09 pm, TBS
(11 W) vs. (2 W) No. 4 Arizona
Sweet Sixteen
W 73–71  24–13
 25  Bluiett   7  Macura   5  Macura  SAP Center (16,884)
San Jose, CA
Mar 25, 2017*
6:09 pm, TBS
(11 W) vs. (1 W) No. 2 Gonzaga
Elite Eight
L 59–83  24–14
 18  Macura   7  Tied   2  Tied  SAP Center (17,011)
San Jose, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 7 11 9 7 13 17 17 17 16 15 22 24 RV 24 RV RV NR NR NR Not released 
Coaches 8 10 8 7 14 17 17 17 15 14 19 22 25 25 NR RV RV NR NR 18

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Villanova Picked Unanimously Again To Win In Preseason Coaches' Poll". Big East Conference. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  2. ^ "Report: Jalen Reynolds hires agent". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  3. ^ "Trevon Bluiett to withdraw from NBA Draft, return to Xavier". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08.