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Season Preview 2014

All the information you'll need to be ready for the 2014-2015 Xavier basketball season.

2014 Player Previews

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Quick Guide to Xavier's Seven New Players

Nobody wants to be left asking "who?" when they first look through the program. Here is a brief rundown of what you need to know about all seven of Xavier's new guys.

Season Preview, part one

The first seven games of the season take Xavier from the cozy confines of the Cintas Center through the Wooden Legacy tournament via a series of mostly cupcake opponents.

Player Preview: Trevon Bluiett

Trevon Bluiett is as heralded a freshman as the Xavier program has ever welcomed. How does he fit into the roster, and where is his ceiling this season?

Player Preview: Makinde London

Makinde London comes on to campus the beneficiary of an eight inch growth spurt. Will the guard turned big man become the stretch four that Coach Mack desires?

Will there be redshirts this year?

Are there enough minutes in the game to accommodate six incoming freshmen? Coach Mack's comments indicate there may not be.

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Cincinnati

The Crosstown Shootout is back to campus sites, and this year Xavier is making the trip across town to visit an overhauled UC team.

What Happens to Freshmen Like Brandon Randolph?

Brandon Randolph's freshman season showed both promise and flaws. Here we take a look at players who have had similar first campaigns and where their careers ended up.

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Dunk City

Two years ago, Florida Gulf Coast stunned the basketball world by unleashing Dunk City and making it out of the first weekend of the tournament. With that coach and most of that team gone, what do they bring to Cintas?

Player Preview: Edmond Sumner

The lanky combo guard has electrifying upside, especially on offense, but where does he fit in to a crowded backcourt at X?

Luke Winn Projects the Big East

Sports Illustrated's resident mathematical prognosticator has looked ahead at what he projects for the Big East. How accurate was he with his views on the Muskies?

Pomeroy Rankings Not Kind to Xavier

The Big East is strong and deep according to Ken Pomeroy, but his preseason projections have the Muskies struggling to keep up.

Player Preview: Sean O'Mara

X fans have gotten their fair of quality big men over the years. Is O'Mara the next in line?

Player Preview: Larry Austin Jr.

Coach Mack moved late to bring in another guard after Justin Martin opened up a scholarship. Now that we've had some time to get a look at Larry Austin, Jr. fitting into the roster, here's our take on what to expect from him this year.

Big East Roundtable Recap

Jaden Daly asks the questions and we give the answers. Now, we expound on those answers just a little bit more.

SBN Big East Media Day Polls

The SB Nation Big East team has released their votes for the preaseason awards. As is to be expected, Xavier is all over the top few spots in most categories.

Player Preview: JP Macura

JP Macura is one of the top shooters in his class. Will that be enough to get him into the rotation as a freshman?

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Auburn

Bruce Pearl makes his return to college basketball as the head coach of Auburn. After three years on the sidelines, has he assembled a squad that can slow down Xavier?

Player Preview: Matt Stainbrook

Xavier's center arrived on campus with questions around him and spent last year answering them all positively. Can he make another jump this year?

Luke Winn Projects Xavier's Depth, Top Scorers

Luke Winn tweeted us that Xavier has five players projected for between 8.5 and 12.1 PPG; here are three of them, including a breakout star, a freshman workhorse, and an efficient transfer scorer.

Player Preview: Dee Davis

Dee Davis keeps getting a little better and a little bit more reliable. Will that change this year?

Know Your Non-Conference Opponent: Alabama

Last year, Xavier traveled to Alabama to win a thriller. This year, the Crimson Tide come to Cincy to finish the home and home.

Player Preview: Brandon Randolph

Brandon Randolph is faster than spilled mercury and possessed of an incredible right hand. Why then, is he struggling to find playing time?

Know Your Non-conference Weekend: Wooden Legacy

Xavier will make the trek out west this Thanksgiving to play three games in four days at the Wooden Legacy. Here is a quick look at the teams they'll face when they get there.

Know Your Non-Conference Opponent: Murray St

Murray State was the national darling back in 2012. Do they have the talent to make that kind of run again?

Player Preview: Myles Davis

Gunslingers shelf life depends solely on their defining talent. Can Myles Davis rediscover his and shoot himself back into the top of the rotation?

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: SFA

Is last year's mid-major darling at the start of something special, or were they just a one-year sensation?

Player Preview: James Farr

James Farr was amazing last year, right until he wasn't. Will the big man get the opportunity this season to prove that last year's start wasn't a fluke?

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Long Beach St.

Death Row is, presumably, the label that pays them

Big East Conference Schedule Announced

There are no Fordhams or URIs on here, just a bunch of teams with serious tournament aspirations (and DePaul). Check out how Xavier's conference schedule sets up for 2014-15.

Know Your Non-conference Opponent: Northern Az.

Who are these guys, and what will they bring to Cintas?

Is This The Last Chance for Myles Davis?

Will this season determine the future of Xavier's snakebitten shooting guard?

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