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2017 Schedule
24-13, 7th in Big East
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NCAA tournament championship probability

What are the chances of a team getting to the Final Four? Or winning the tournament? We show the impact of each game, updated throughout the night.

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Xavier struggled to find its way after G Edmond Sumner (15 PPG) tore his ACL on Jan. 29. G Trevon Bluiett also missed two games late in the regular season, but he's healthy now and the Musketeers are playing their best basketball when it matters most.

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Xavier is trying to become the second team in history to beat the 1, 2 and 3 seed in its region since seeding began in 1979. In 1986, LSU beat the 3, 2 and 1 in the Round of 32, Sweet 16 and Elite 8 before losing to eventual national champion Louisville in the Final Four. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier's Malcolm Bernard, a graduate transfer from Florida A&M, said at this time last year he was on spring break, refusing to turn on the TV, sad because he wasn't a part of the NCAA tournament. He was still having fun, he was quick to point out. Just not nearly as much fun as he's having this year.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked how big the challenge is guarding Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, Xavier coach Chris Mack says: "the biggest." As in, literally and figuratively.

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Xavier is the 8th team seeded 11th or lower to reach the Elite 8. Only three 11 seeds have gone on to the Final Four in NCAA tournament history: VCU (2011), George Mason (2006) and LSU (1986).

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14hDave Tuley and Andrew Lange

How to bet Saturday's Elite Eight games

The No. 1 seeds remain in the West and Midwest, but their Elite Eight challengers are dangerous. Dave Tuley and Andrew Lange give their best bets for Saturday's NCAA tourney games.

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Although Gonzaga and Xavier have had plenty of postseason success, both programs are now just one win away from reaching their first Final Fours. The Zags and Musketeers hold the record for most NCAA tournament wins, 27, without reaching the Final Four.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ICYMI: Underdogs were 2-1-1 ATS in Thursday night's Sweet 16 games w/ Oregon +1 and Xavier +7.5 pulling outright upsets. Kansas -5.5 over Purdue was the only favorite to cover while the push was Gonzaga -3 over West Virginia. Unders were 3-1 tonight. For the tournament, underdogs are 28-22-1 ATS (56 percent) w/ one game closing pick 'em while overs still lead 30-21-1 (58.8 percent).

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19hJeff Borzello

How an ash-filled jar saved Xavier's season

After five straight losses, the Musketeers burned the month of February (literally) and kept the ashes in a jar. The jar is still here. So is Xavier.

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With Xavier's 73-71 win over Arizona in the Sweet 16, the Musketeers become just the seventh 11th seed to reach the Elite 8. While three 11 seeds have reached the Final Four, none have gone on to win the national title.

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Xavier creating ashes out of failures (2:01)

stan verrett @stanverrett

and for all you xavier fans: i'm a big fan of chris mack. interviewed him here a couple years ago and he was fantastic. big respect.

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Pinder: We didn't execute (1:03)

Team Stats

Points Per Game75.1126th
Rebounds Per Game37.299th
Assists Per Game15.080th
Points Allowed71.0139th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record24-26
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances26