Posts Tagged ‘Xavier Musketeers’

QT: West Virginia breaks through; Seton Hall enters bubble

January 19, 2023 Leave a comment

QuickTakesEventually, West Virginia was going to break through and win a Big 12 game.  The Mountaineers did just that Wednesday against TCU in Morgantown.  It ended a five-game league slide. WVU gets a chance to back it up Saturday when Texas arrives.

Let’s also note Seton Hall.  The Pirates rallied past reeling Connecticut to enter the bubble picture.  Up next: a visit from Marquette.

In the ebbs of flows of a college hoops season, Xavier absorbed a surprising loss at DePaul; XU’s first glitch in an otherwise strong season.  Georgetown arrives this weekend before a pair of potentially dangerous road trips: wounded Connecticut and desperate Creighton. Read more…

Bracketology: Xavier grabs Big East lead, vaults ahead

January 16, 2023 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgThe Xavier Musketeers have won 11 straight and stand alone atop the Big East conference.  Three of those league wins are against other contenders, landing Xavier a two-seed in the East Region this morning.  XU will be favored to reach 9-0 within the conference before back-to-back trips to Connecticut and Creighton to close January.


All four No. 1 seeds remain in place to begin another week: Kansas (Midwest), Purdue (South), Alabama (East) and Houston (West).  The top three can all survive a loss.  Alabama is pushing Purdue for King of the South Region.  Take your pick.  For now, Purdue stays slightly ahead due the variance of a shared opponent on a neutral court: Purdue beat Gonzaga by 18 points; Alabama lost to Gonzaga by 10. Read more…

QT: Xavier builds its resume; Kansas survives

January 1, 2023 Leave a comment

QuickTakesXavier added a significant resume-building victory to its team sheet on Saturday by taking down previously unbeaten Connecticut at the Cintas Center.  XU improved to 2-3 against Quad 1 opponents, having also beaten West Virginia at home.  The Musketeers three losses are by a combined 13 points, all to Quad 1 teams.  They travel to Villanova next Saturday before a pair of home games with Creighton and Marquette.

Kansas rallied and then survived an upset bid by Oklahoma State.  The Jayhawks are now 6-1 against Quad 1-2 opponents.  Missed opportunity for the Cowboys, who entered Saturday among the Next 4 OUT grouping.  Predictive metrics are higher on OSU than results-based options; likely because the Cowboys’ best win remains Sam Houston State.  Huge week ahead for OSU with West Virginia and Texas coming to Stillwater. Read more…

Bracket Report: Long waits for Xavier, Wake Forest

March 10, 2022 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgWake Forest and Xavier exited Stage Left on Wednesday – opening the door for a host of other bubble teams who are taking the court today and Friday.  All Wake and XU can do now is wait – and it may not end well for either.  Until we see results additional results, both the Demon Deacons and Musketeers hold onto spots in the Field – slated to face each other in Dayton.  By 6:00 p.m. today – that could change.

Seed List

Notable bubble teams in action today:
Indiana vs. Michigan – The Wolverines might survive a loss; it’s much less likely for the Hoosiers.
Florida vs. Texas AM – Feels like an elimination game.
Oklahoma (vs. Baylor) – The Sooners need a run to the B12 title game.
Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame – The Irish are among the Last 4 Byes, so this game matters to both.  In an odd way, Virginia Tech and Virginia can help Wake’s case.
Virginia (vs. North Carolina) – The Cavaliers survived Louisville, but have to beat red-hot Carolina.

Among No. 1 seed contendersArizona takes the court against Stanford.  The Wildcats are trying to garner a No. 1 seed in the South Region since it appears Gonzaga owns the West.

Bracket Report: Gonzaga clinches West Region

March 9, 2022 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgFollowing Gonzaga’s win over Saint Mary’s, we should have a least one piece of the No. 1 seed puzzle in place.  The Zags will reign over the West Region – and they will likely be the NCAA Tournament’s top overall seed on Sunday night.

Seed List

Today, action begins for some bubble teams:
Xavier battles Butler in its Big East opener;
Wake Forest takes on Boston College in the ACC;
Virginia meets Louisville (ACC).

A couple of minor adjustments on the Seed List – and Tuesday’s automatic qualifiers – are reflected in this morning’s bracket update.  Tomorrow, we turn the pressure cooker up a few degrees.