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Season Preview: 2012

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A-10 Preview: Part One

The Atlantic 10 won't be Xavier's playground this year, but that doesn't mean it won't be interesting to watch. The additions of Butler and VCU, plus the development of Saint Louis, UMass, La Salle and others should make this year a very competitive

Season Preview, part 2

Xavier's non-conference season will be halfway to fruition at this point regardless of how well it has actually gone. There will be some tough games in the rearview at this point, but the heaviest hitters on the schedule are still to come.

Season Preview, part 1

Xavier's first steps toward confirming what we already suspect... or shocking the world.

Xavier Team Preview

This year is far more of a rebuild than a reload. Does Xavier have what it takes in the frontcourt or the backcourt to shock the Atlantic 10?

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Memphis

One of the harbingers of the approaching NCAA tournament when that time of the year comes is Xavier's final non-conference game of the season, played during Xavier's bye week in A-10 play. This year, Memphis is the opponent.

Know Your Non-Conference Opponent: Wake Forest

The Skip Prosser Classic is back on after taking a year's hiatus. Thanks to massive turnover at both schools, the teams that face off this season will bear almost no resemblance to the ones that would have played last year.

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Tennessee

Xavier's foe over the Yuletide season will be the Volunteers of Tennessee. Two years ago, UT was reeling after the dismissal of Bruce Pearl. Their progress since shows that good programs can bounce back from adversity.

An Optimist's Approach

If you asked a dozen different Xavier fans, you could find 13 different reasons to consider this season dead and buried already. Here's how I'm planning to make the best of it anyway.

Answering Rothstein

National columnist Jon Rothstein spent a lot of time at Xavier this week and came up with five reasons why he thinks the team can be competitive this year. Is his optimism well founded?

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Wofford

Coming off of the big game against UC, Xavier will have three days to regroup before hosting Wofford. The short turn around may be good or bad for the young Musketeers, but it could certainly come against a less favorable opponent.

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Cincinnati

It's always a figurative and sometimes a literal battle when Xavier and UC face off. Here's how the Bearcats have armed themselves over the summer.

Know Your Non-Conference Opponent: Kent State

It seems like it has been a long time since the Golden Flashes were in the NCAA tournament, but those glory days are actually less than half a decade in the rearview. Working with their third coach in that time frame, what will Kent State look like w

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Vanderbilt

Vandy's dandy, but X won't rot your teeth. Both teams have lost almost all of their production from last year. Xavier you know about; here's what you need to know to be up to speed on Vanderbilt.

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Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Purdue

Xavier's first true road test of the season will be against the Purdue Boilermakers. Will this season's matchup shake out as well as last year's did for X?

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Pacific

Xavier will head to Anaheim to avoid the cold of the Ohio November and play in the Anaheim Classic. Here's what you need to know to get you up to speed on Pacific, the Muskies' first opponent.

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Robert Morris

Robert Morris isn't exactly a warm-up opponent for Xavier. If you didn't follow the Colonials over the summer, here's all the information you need to sound like an expert when RMU visits Cintas this November.

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Butler

In our continuing series to get Xavier fans up to speed on the team's non-conference opponents, we take a look at the Butler squad that X will face on November 13th in Cincinnati.

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: FDU

Our yearly look at Xavier's non-conference schedule begins with Fairleigh Dickinson, who will be Xavier's first opponent.

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