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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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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)
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Tournament buzzer-beater drought continues (0:49)
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Bill Murray's epic year continues, Gonzaga, Oregon, Kansas marching on (1:05)

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)
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Chris Mack credits maturity for Xavier's win (1:33)

Tournament Challenge ESPN 

Only 3.2 percent of brackets had Xavier in the Elite Eight.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Sean O'Mara went to same high school as Frank Kaminsky -- Benet Academy. Kaminsky's nickname for O'Mara? GLOB.

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Xavier upsets Arizona to get to Elite Eight (0:45)
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Poor shot selection late in game the downfall for Arizona (1:10)

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

It wasn't long ago that DePaul was the only team Xavier could get past ... Now Musketeers one step from Final Four.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

True story: Xavier is going to the Elite Eight. Trailing Arizona by eight with 3:45 to play enters the dustbin (or makeshift urn) of recent XU history right next to that six-game February losing streak. Pandemonium.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Pretty great first half to the nightcap in San Jose. Xavier's suddenly impenetrable matchup zone has given the Wildcats some fits, and Xavier is getting buckets on the other end, but Sean Miller will probably be feeling OK in the locker room, at least where his offense is concerned. His team went 3-of-16 from 3 but 11-of-18 from two, grabbed a bunch of offensive boards against a great rebounding team and scored 1.19 points per trip. That's pretty darn good.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Trevon Bluiett has 65 points in Xavier's last 80 minutes of basketball.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's NCAA men's Sweet 16 games about to start. The ViewFromVegas is: Michigan -1 vs. Oregon (despite No. 7 vs. No. 3) O/U 148; Gonzaga -3 vs. West Virginia O/U 150; Kansas -5.5 vs. Purdue O/U 155.5; Arizona -7.5 vs. Xavier O/U 144.5.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Sean Miller's .679 winning percentage in the NCAA tournament is the best among any coach to never appear in a Final Four (min. 10 games), better than Dr. Tom Davis (.621) and Steve Lavin (.611).

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