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CINCINNATI -- Skip Prosser died in 2007, but hell be on the minds of many players, coaches and fans on Saturday night, when No. Yacksel Rios Jersey . 17 Xavier hosts Wake Forest at Cintas Center.The Musketeers and Demon Deacons are meeting for the sixth time as part of the Skip Prosser Classic, played in honor of the former coach at both programs.Xavier head coach Chris Mack was an assistant at Wake Forest for three years under Prosser and was a two-year captain for the Musketeers while Prosser was an assistant coach.Mack spoke with his team this week about his former friend and mentor.I wanted the guys to understand why we play the series, and give them a good perspective of who he was, Mack said. Anybody that had a chance to play for Skip or coach with him knows how genuinely sincere and caring he was. He treated everyone the same, from the guy who mopped the gym to his players.Prosser was at Xavier for 15 years from 1985-2001, including as Musketeers head coach from 1994-2001, when he compiled a 148-65 record and three NCAA Tournament berths. He was Wake Forests head coach from 2001 until he died of a massive heart attack in his campus office. Prosser led the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first four years.During his coaching career, Prosser helped develop future NBA stars David West, Josh Howard, and Chris Paul.Prosser was inducted into XUs Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 and remains a beloved figure at both schools and throughout college basketball.We briefly talked about him (on Thursday), said Xavier forward RaShid Gaston. He had a great impact on both teams and were playing this game in honor of him.Xavier (8-2) leads the series 4-2, including a come-from-behind 78-70 win at Wake Forest last season. The Musketeers trailed by as many as 18 points in that game.Macks team, like Wake Forest, is coming off exam week, which can often result in sluggish performances.The good thing is that Wake Forest is dealing with it, too, he said. So, no excuses tomorrow if we dont play well. It was exam week for both teams.Musketeers guard Trevon Bluiett was named to the Big East Conference weekly honor roll after averaging 22.5 points in a loss at Colorado and a win over Utah.Wake Forest (8-2) is 3-1 on the road with wins at Charleston, Richmond and UNC-Greensboro and a loss at Northwestern.Theyre a really good team in transition, said Gaston. Theyre really aggressive on the offensive glass as well.Gaston will try to contain Demon Deacons sophomore forward John Collins, who averages 18 points and is among four Wake Forest players scoring in double-figures.Mack believes Collins is among the most improved players in all of college basketball this season.Johns an athletic kid, said Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning last month. Last year, in the minutes that he played, his production was really, really high. But the thing we continue to stress with him is defensive positioning. When you get to this level and you try to time up a block or go make a great defensive play, you usually end up getting a foul. Kenny Lofton Jersey . R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings. Bill Madlock Jersey . Coach Tom Thibodeau says the former MVP will probably start travelling with the team in the next few weeks. Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls. https:///...-jersey-pirates.html . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. Coming off of an 11-day hiatus since their last game because of exams, No. 13 Virginia looks to close out their non-conference home schedule with a win when they host Robert Morris on Saturday afternoon.The contest marks the Cavaliers final breather before they play road games at California and No. 11 Louisville, and kick off their ACC season against No. 23 Florida State on Dec. 31.I think we just have to keep improving in all areas, Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. If we ever lose our hunger, well be in trouble, so we just have to be real hungry and improve during this time.Virginia lost its only game of the season to West Virginia on Dec. 3 before bouncing back and knocking off East Carolina on Dec. 6. The Cavaliers take on a Robert Morris squad that has sputtered this season and is off to a 3-8 start.The Colonials lost their first five games of the season and three of their last four after winning two straight. Robert Morris, which averages 61 points, will be challenged by Virginias No. 1 scoring defense (47.6 points per game).Guard Isaiah Still leads the Colonials in scoring at 15 points per game but shoots 38.7 percent from the field. Guard Kavon Stewart is the only other Colonial averaging in double figures at 11 per contest.Virginia once again reelies on Bennetts packline defense to suck the life out of their opponents. Pie Traynor Jersey. . The Cavaliers should have no problem forcing missed shots and turnovers against a Robert Morris team who has struggled on offense all season.On the offensive side of the ball for the Cavaliers, freshman guard Kyle Guy is earning his minutes on both ends of the floor with his shooting, plus the ability to force turnovers.Guy comes off the bench to average 8.1 points and shoots 61.9 percent from 3-point range. After Virginias win over East Carolina, Guy talked about his recent increase in minutes.I just talked to my assistant coaches and I was like what can I do to earn more minutes. I know I can help this team, he said.Guy is one of 10 Cavaliers averaging at least five points per game as Virginia boasts one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the country. Only senior guard London Perrantes (10.2) is averaging double figures.I really challenged the guys to play real hard and have a real hunger about them, Bennett said of his team. Were a blue-collar program, and if we are, itll show up in our effort on the offensive and defensive end. ' ' '