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Xavier Musketeers hit the road for next Big East test against No. 18 Creighton

On paper, Xavier men’s basketball team is entering one of the toughest stretches of the season with two road games against ranked opponents over six days. But to head coach Sean Miller, all 20 regular-season Big East games pack a punch

“Is it big? Right now, they all are because I feel like we’re in America’s best conference,” Miller said. “We’re seven games in. We don’t have to replay those, thank God. Now we have 13 more and all 13 are equal . . . The big week doesn’t exist for us. It’s just the next game.”

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Miller pointed out that Xavier’s ability to not panic after tough losses or get too high after a win has helped the young Musketeers this season. Xavier is riding high off a three-game Big East winning streak after beating Butler and Georgetown at home but has a quick turnaround with a trip to face No. 18 Creighton in Omaha slated for Tuesday.

“A really hard game,” Miller said. “What’s gonna allow us to be the best we can be in Omaha on Tuesday night is how we go from tonight’s game all the way until Tuesday.”

Xavier vs. Creighton scouting report

Tip: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., CHI Health Center Omaha (17,352)

TV: FS1

Ratings: Xavier dropped to No. 35 in KenPom. Creighton is No. 14. Xavier remained at No. 43 in the NCAA Net Rankings. Creighton jumped five spots to No. 11.

History: Xavier has taken a 15-14 lead in the series by winning five of the last six matchups. Last season, the two teams split a pair of regular-season matchups before Xavier cruised to an 82-60 win in the Big East Tournament.

Creighton Bluejays scouting report

Record: 14-5 (5-3 Big East)

Head coach: Greg McDermott (314-155 at Creighton, 14th season)

Offense: 79.2 ppg

Defense: 66.9 ppg

Overview: McDermott returns three starters from last year’s team, which led Creighton to its first Elite 8 appearance in 82 years. The Bluejays have won…


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Publish date : 2024-01-22 00:15:07

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