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Old 12-02-2012, 05:36 AM   #106 (permalink)
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Re: 12/1 A-10 Games

Last couple of games Christon has been fantastic. X is four games above my noncon forecast and he is clearly the main reason.

I assumed he would be pretty good as a frosh, maybe make First Team All-Rook, but that the Muskies would have too many holes for a mere first-year player to carry a team. He is definitely on his way to being the best freshman guard to hit the A-10 since Jameer Nelson. We might even have to go back to Mark Macon.

Did X fans expect this kid to be this good?

His performance aside, most of his teammates didn't do much offensively at Purdue. They at least played excellent D, though.

SJU loss to Creighton is an aberration and should be treated as such. A game like this can happen every so often even to the best teams in the country. Heck, I remember when X pounded SJU in the A-10 tourney when Nelson and West were the starters. Both teams later went to the Elite 8.

UMass actually played pretty well. Only 6 turnovers, the defense was solid for 30 minutes and the players got a lot of good looks on offense. Yet UMass suddenly cannot shoot. Team went 7-32 on treys. Miami is an excellent team and obviously well coached. Canes are just flat out better.

SBU got 4 steals in the last 67 seconds. How does Buffalo let that happen?

Rhody might be a one-man show with Xavier Munford - all Xaviers are overperformers! - but Hurley is doing a great job building the team around him so they are good enough to scratch out wins. As a Umass fan, I have some coaching envy!
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SBU got 4 steals in the last 67 seconds. How does Buffalo let that happen?
They finally started playing with some energy. They had the same kind of great D in the first half when they built a 10 point lead, but then got lazy on the perimeter. UB's offensive explosion can be attributed as much to our poor defense as their skill. Schmidt subbed out Mosely (who was visibly fatigued and not drawing fouls on his drives like he hoped) with Matt Wright, and that really helped the energy and defensive level. I still like Wright off the bench - he can come in rested and hit a three and handle better.
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Last couple of games Christon has been fantastic. X is four games above my noncon forecast and he is clearly the main reason.

I assumed he would be pretty good as a frosh, maybe make First Team All-Rook, but that the Muskies would have too many holes for a mere first-year player to carry a team. He is definitely on his way to being the best freshman guard to hit the A-10 since Jameer Nelson. We might even have to go back to Mark Macon.

Did X fans expect this kid to be this good?

His performance aside, most of his teammates didn't do much offensively at Purdue. They at least played excellent D, though.
He was a Scout 5-star recruit, so we certainly expected him to be good. What surprises me, and I suspect others as well, is how mature his game is here at the beginning of his collegiate career. He rarely forces things on offense, and seems to instinctively know when to turn it up and when to throttle back. His passing and defense are also ahead of his experience level. If he improves the way most collegians do as they move through their college years, I believe that he will be the best guard to ever play at Xavier (to date).
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I hope Semaj find a little bit better of an outside stroke...and that ultimate killer instinct like Tu had (seems like that part is on its way)
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Did X fans expect this kid to be this good?
I can't speak for all Xavier fans, but I certainly didn't expect him to be this good this soon. I figured this season would be more like 2004-05 for Xavier; that was the last time I can remember Xavier having a major roster turnover, even with some players (Doellman and Cage at that time) that had Elite 8 experience at the time. Stanley Burrell and Josh Duncan were both promising freshmen, but they were just that - freshmen.

The team chemistry is a lot different than last season - clearly there's not the same kind of pressure that there was on Victory Parkway at this time last year. There's a reason that UC, for example, doesn't want to play Xavier at Cintas anymore, even if it means not playing at Fifth Third Arena THIS season.
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Re: 12/1 A-10 Games

If I read the first post of this thread correctly, everybody who was supposed to win, did win, except UMass.

Everybody who was supposed to lose, did lose, except Xavier.

So, overall an expected and good day for the A10.
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The bad news for Xavier fans is that he plans on transferring after this year. I read it multiple times on this board alone so it must be true.
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The bad news for Xavier fans is that he plans on transferring after this year. I read it multiple times on this board alone so it must be true.
Shouldn't moderators be discouraging people from bumping old threads just to make fun of another poster?
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Aren't moderators allowed to have fun anymore? Geez, tough crowd
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Aren't moderators allowed to have fun anymore? Geez, tough crowd
Just pointing out when they break their own rules.
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Just pointing out when they break their own rules.
There is a difference between replying to a thread that is from less than a week ago and one that is from years ago, but your point is noted.
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Re: 12/1 A-10 Games

Am I the only moron who didn't get that Semaj is James backwards? Is his father James Christon?
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No, his father's name is Nomar.
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No, his father's name is Nomar.
Ha.
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