Entering Tuesday's game undefeated, Xavier never took their foot off the gas in a 90-55 victory over Wright State. The Musketeers did not fall into the trap of overlooking their opposition from the Horizon League as they dominated towards their first 9-0 start since the 2008-09 season.
Here are three things we learned from tonight's matchup.
1. X was dominant again offensively
This should come as no surprise, but Xavier did not relent in a 90-55 Wright State. This is the third game in a row they have scored at least 90 points. Sophomore Trevon Bluiett scored a career-high 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting for the Musketeers, along with a total of eight rebounds.
As a team, Xavier lit up the Cintas Center with 50 percent shooting from long distance. Also, the Musketeers showed their prudence with the ball, only totaling eight turnovers to 16 assists.
This is no anomaly. Xavier is averaging more than 80 points this season and around 45 percent from the field.
It is safe to say that if they perform this well on Saturday against Cincinnati, the Musketeers could defeat their cross town rivals.
2. Wright State struggles were pervasive
To the dismay of any Raiders fans reading this, Wright State was not impressive in any facet. They struggled from the field and long range, shooting 36.5 percent and 18.5 percent respectively. They were outrebounded by over 20 boards and dished out under 10 assists. Only one Raider scored in double digits, that being Michael Karena, and somehow Wright State shot under 50 percent from the free throw line. This may have have been in large part to the athletic Xavier defense, but still, Wright State was not stunning in a loss against X.
3. The Musketeers did not look ahead to Cincinnati
In the game prior to facing ranked and crosstown rival Cincinnati, Xavier displayed their mental fortitude once again at the Cintas Center. From start to finish, including a 25-0 run, Xavier showed no remorse for the visiting Wright State Raiders. The margin of victory in both halves was double digits and the Musketeers accumulated more than 40 rebounds once again. Some teams may have overlooked a team like Wright State and focused their attention on their impending rivalry game; not Xavier. They showed their experience and were dominant once again in another straightforward victory that extends their record to 9-0.