Xavier has had no problem hiring excellent coaches. It's holding onto them that's been the tricky part. In turning to an alum with deep Queen City roots, the Musketeers might've found the perfect match.
Brad Redford matched his career high with 15 points, all of them from behind the arc, and 14th-ranked Xavier recovered from back-to-back losses by dominating the second half and beating Fordham 88-53 on Saturday.
Derrick Brown didn't miss a shot while scoring 20 points and C.J. Anderson added 13 and Xavier (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) rolled to a 70-44 victory over Saint Louis on Thursday night in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
Matt Howard and Gordon Hayward both scored 19 points, and Butler turned back one late Xavier rally after another to beat the 14th-ranked Musketeers 74-65 on Tuesday night, the Bulldogs' first win over a ranked team in more than a year.
Derrick Brown had 20 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out on a technical Saturday, and No. 10 Xavier remained unbeaten with the roughest one of them all, a 76-66 victory over Cincinnati that featured six technical fouls.
Freshman point guard Terrell Holloway returned from a stress fracture in his foot and put the sizzle back into Xavier's offense Wednesday night, helping the Musketeers stay unbeaten with a 78-56 victory over Ohio.
Derrick Brown scored a career-high 23 points Saturday, and Xavier (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) overcame cold shooting and the loss of another point guard to stay unbeaten with a 60-53 victory over Miami (Ohio).
Derrick Brown and C.J. Anderson had double-doubles Thursday night in a balanced offense that hardly missed injured point guard Drew Lavender, and No. 10 Xavier rolled to its ninth straight win, 75-48 over Duquesne.