Sunday, February 22, 2009

Game Recap: G-Dub

X took care of business and rolled George Washington 71-53 Sunday afternoon. They were the perfect opponent for us to get back on track. CJ Anderson hit a three and scored all 14 of his team leading points in the second half. 5 XU players ended up in double figures showing that 'balance' that has been key to their success in the past. Next up is a struggling St. Joseph's team who dropped a close decision to UMASS at home today. 'Home' for the 'Hawks this year is the Palestra. We get them on Thursday night at 7 PM. Thankfully it is not in that on campus band box Alumni Fieldhouse. They are putting several million dollars in renovation work on the gym this season. It will result in a 'lipstick on a pig' type effect I would imagine. They could spend a million alone in the locker rooms in that place.

They jumped on the Colonials early and never looked back. The game was very 'ugly' in the second half with GW doubling everybody on the perimeter. The flow was never there in stanza #2. The Musketeers will punish poor perimeter defensive teams as was the case today. Karl Hobbs' honeymoon has been over for some time but I think they owe him another year to turn it around. The win today gives Xavier a half game lead for first in the A10.

Of bigger interest to me was the recruit in the house today. EVERYBODY gave plenty of attention to Kyryl Natyazhko. You couldn't miss him. He is in the 6-10, 6-11 range and is not your typical BWS. rate him as the #75 prospect in the class of 2009. The four star recruit has listed offers from Arizona State, Florida State, Kentucky, Miami (FL), Pittsburgh, and of course X. Hopefully the visit went well but the young man certainly has some attractive options for basketball. Obviously he would be a nice get for the team.

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