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Monday / December 18.
  • Chris Mack Says It Would be ‘Unprecedented’ if Xavier is Left Out of NCAA Tournament

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    After losing Edmond Sumner for the season to an ACL tear and dealing with an injury to Trevon Bluiett, Xavier has lost six of its last seven games heading into the Big East Tournament. But coach Chris Mack says his team clearly deserves to make the Big Dance.

    Ranked No. 43 by KenPom.com, Xavier is currently among Joe Lunardi’s “Last Four In.”

    Xavier is the No. 7 seed in the Big East Tournament and faces No. 10 DePaul on Wednesday night. Mack says he’s not taking anything for granted and knows his team has work to do this week in New York.

    Assuming Xavier makes it, the Big will have seven of 10 teams in (70 percent), eclipsing the 2011 Big East mark of 69 percent when 11-of-16 teams made it and UConn won the NCAA championship.

    Count Marquette’s Steve Wojo among those who thinks the Big East deserves seven teams.

    Meantime, Mack gave an update on forward Tyrique Jones, who hit his head in the DePaul game, saying it’s going to be a “mutual decision between Tyrique, his family, the doctors and everybody here associated with Xavier.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.