Monday, February 4, 2008

Jesuit Week

In the spirit of 'rivalry week' or 'spirit week' I thought I would term Xavier's upcoming week 'Jesuit'. We play our Jesuit brothers from St. Louis this Thursday at 9:00 PM in the Scottrade Center which should be a good game. The Billikens always give us trouble and they are starting to come around with a 12-9 record. Preseason Lisch and Liddell were my best backcourt in the A10 and they are still dangerous. Hopefully Burrell can add another feather to his defensive cap with the Liddell assignment. Front line is where we should win that game.

Then the following Sunday in the A10 conference feature game we will battle St. Joseph's (another Jesuit institution) for the first time this season. I have much respect and love for Phil Martelli and the Hawk program. I think it is a two man race for conference POY between Brian Roberts and Pat Calathes also. If the voting were to happen today I would give it to Calathes due to his team being in first place. The Hawks will play in the NCAA tournament and remain our toughest roadblock for the league crown. This one will be a war and may be the only conference game we lose at home. I think we find a way but Ahmad Nivins is the best low post player in the conference and they have solid guards. Should be another great game. If we can go 2-0 this week top ten may be on the horizon as well as a regular season A10 crown.

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