|This is a rejection and, possibly, a foul|
In part two of the recap we'll cover the end of the season and later today we'll give out some (undoubtedly) coveted awards. More than that, we'll try to put a pretty little bow on a season that defies simple explanation.
It would take an uninformed man to argue that Tu Holloway wasn't an important cog in the Xavier machine last year, but as the streak through the A10 started this year, the world got a taste of Tu. An early season game-winner against Seton Hall got things rolling, but it was A10 play when Tu took off. his point totals in the first seven games went 21,19, 24, 22, 21, 22, 33. For a team sorting itself, that was huge. With Xavier struggling at the half against St. Bonaventure Tu took over and poured in 20 second half points. Ten days later Tu scored 14 straight to kill off Richmond in Virginia. That's cold-blooded.
|Tu, pursuing his first triple-double|
It was only one game, but it showed what happens when a team becomes too reliant on one player. Riding a seven game winning streak and feeling pretty good about themselves, Xavier went to Charlotte and fell completely flat. Dante was just finishing his run of being really bad, the bench was even worse, and Tu Holloway's attempt to shoulder the full load came off badly. Obviously frustrated, the junior finished the night 3-17 from the floor and just could not get his game going. Encouragingly, Mark Lyons poured in 25 on a very efficient 8-13 but, on the whole, this was a miserable night.
Finishing The Run
|Jeff Robinson when properly motivated|
What Just Happened?
|Oh no, we've not forgotten|
Unfortunately, things didn't improve from there. Marquette was always going to be a tough matchup and they proved to be all that and more. A gutting loss in the first round saw our boys never really get into a game that the Golden Eagles played to perfection. Less than two weeks after winning the A10 championship for the fifth time, the season was over.