Could This be the Year for Xavier to Go All the Way?

Evan CohenCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2008


Xavier is ranked number 10 in the AP poll, and has a record of 22-4 (10-1 A-10). 

The Musketeers are on an eight-game winning streak going into the last two weeks of the season, and are led by three seniors: Drew Lavender, Josh Duncan, and Stanley Burrell.

Xavier has one of the most well-rounded teams in America, with six guys averaging double-digits in points.

Their starting five is: Derrick Brown, a 6'7" forward; C.J. Anderson, a 6'6" forward that can shoot the three-ball; Jason Love, a 6'9" center; and guards Drew Lavender (5'7") and 6'3" Stanley Burrell.

Xavier also has two key players coming off the bench—B.J. Raymond and Josh Duncan—who both average double-digits. Xavier shoots 47.9 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from beyond the three-point line. They also shoot 75.9 percent from the free throw line which will help them in the tournament.

This is Xavier's year to go the distance. They have the leadership, the bench, and the players. They have it all, now they just need to perform.