The Xavier Musketeers have found a new nonconference foe for the 2016 season, and they reside down in Texas. The Big 12 Conference's Baylor Bears have met in the middle with the Musketeers and will start a home-and-home series starting this coming fall in Waco and in Cincinnati in 2017. This news comes according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, who broke the story on Monday morning.
This will mark the third and fourth times that these two teams have met with the first two meetings coming back in 2009 and 2012. Back in November 2009, the Bears picked up a 69-64 victory in a matchup that took place in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. The leading scorers that day for both teams were Tweety Carter and Jamel McLean.
Then, back in 2012, the two teams faced off in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament and the results remained the same. Despite 22 points from Tu Holloway and 18 and 16 from Kenny Frease and Mark Lyons, 20 points from Quincy Acy and 16 points and 10 assists from Pierre Jackson were enough to provide the difference as the Bears beat the Musketeers to advance to the Elite Eight in Atlanta.
Needless to say, Xavier will be looking for some 'revenge' in these upcoming contests and look to even the score at two wins apiece by the time it's all done and dusted. What's certain now is that we'll get two quality nonconference matchups between two quality basketball teams. That's all you can ask for, right?