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X Knocks Off Pitt, Dancing to the Sweet 16
Xavier played a near picture perfect 1st half in their NCAA 2nd Round game vs Pittsburgh Sunday in Greensboro and cruised to an 84-73 win over the ACC Panthers. XU advances to the second weekend-NCAA Sweet 16-for the first time since 2017. 3 Seed Muskies will play 2 Seed Texas BIG 12 Tournament Champions(28-8, with a 6 game winning streak after their 71-65 victory over Penn State Saturday). X and Texas will play Friday in Kansas City(Tip Time and TV-TBA). Xavier just owned the 1st 20 minutes-leading 48-34 at the break. Muskies got any shot they wanted (19 for 36 FG for 53%). The passing game flowed with 17 assists on 19 FGs. XU stalked the 3 point line and ran Pit's veteran shooters off. Pitt settled for a lot of contested jumpers leading to many one and done possessions while X made 7 of 14 from "3" beating Pitt at their own game.
Andy Mac: March Madness Analysis & Xavier-Pitt Preview
Saturday Xavier and NCAA Hoops Update-3 Seed XU will play 11 Seed Pitt in NCAA Round Two Sunday afternoon in Greensboro( 12:10 EST Tip-TV IS CBS). Four BIG EAST teams will go Sunday. Providence was knocked out by Kentucky Friday late 61-53. 2 Seed Marquette gets 7 Seed Mich. St.5:15 Sunday on CBS. 4 Seed UConn plays 5 Seed St Marys (6:10 on TNT) and 6 Seed Creighton draws 3 Seed Baylor(7:30 on TBS). Saturday evening-7:45 on CBS-It's Midwest Region 2 Seed Texas playing 10 Seed Penn State. The winner there plays the Xavier-Pitt winner in Sweet 16 at Kansas City next Friday. More thoughts on Muskies' 72-67 bounce back win over Kennesaw State. XU made just 2 of 12 "3s"(low water mark for the season, but made up for it by turning the ball over just 10 times and shooting a ton of FTs (22-30).
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Women's Top Stories
Lady Musketeers Fall to Butler
Xavier women's basketball dropped a 79-65 BIG EAST game vs Butler on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Cintas Center. The Musketeers move to 7-6 (0-4 BIG EAST), while the Bulldogs improve to 6-7 (1-3 BIG EAST). Mackayla Scarlett led the Musketeers in scoring with 16 points, her 21st career game in double figures. She matched her career high in rebounding with seven rebounds, two steals and one assist.
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