Xavier, Miami, Florida, UConn, Missouri State, Penn State, St. Joseph's and Towson will all play in the 2019 Charleston Classic, it was announced Thursday.
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Ethan Happ followed his triple-double in Wisconsin's opener with another dominant performance Tuesday night, getting 30 points and 13 rebounds as the Badgers pulled away to a 77-68 victory over Xavier in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
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Paul Scruggs had a career-high 24 points, Tyrique Jones added a career-high 20 rebounds and tied his career high with 19 points and Xavier held off Evansville 91-85 on Saturday.
Newcomer Ryan Welage scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half on Tuesday night, and Xavier blew an 18-point lead before rallying for an 82-69 victory over IUPUI in Travis Steele's debut as the Musketeers coach.
The question appears to be simple in the Big East this season: Can anyone challenge Villanova for the conference crown?
Are big things ahead for Chris Mullin and St. John's? How will Xavier handle a coaching change? Will Nova take a step back?
Xavier lost head coach Chris Mack. Marquette has to prove it can defend. Georgetown and St. John's are both unproven. That leaves Villanova all alone atop the Big East.
The Musketeers are now without five top players from the team that won the Big East Conference regular-season title last season.
Xavier has promoted longtime assistant Travis Steele to replace Chris Mack as the Musketeers' head coach. Steele, 36, has been at Xavier for 10 seasons, including the last two as associate head coach.
Chris Mack, who has been the men's basketball coach of the Xavier Musketeers for the past nine seasons, has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Louisville Cardinals, multiple sources told ESPN.
Chris Mack, considered the front-runner for the Louisville head-coaching job, confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday that he'll meet with Cardinals officials this weekend.
Of the top 11 teams picked to win it all, six -- Virginia, Michigan State, North Carolina, Arizona, Xavier, Cincinnati -- failed to reach the Sweet 16.
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Xavier's 75-70 loss to Florida State marks the 4th time two No. 1 seeds failed to reach the Sweet 16 (2004, 2000, 1981) since seeding began in 1979. FSU closed the game on a 18-4 run in the final 5:30. The Musketeers had more turnovers (6) than points (4) during that stretch.
The Florida State Seminoles are on their way to the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 for the first time since 2011 after upsetting top-seeded Xavier with a furious comeback.
Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer
"Sorry, Xavier, but ..." Florida State enjoying upsetting No. 1.
After his Seminoles stunned No. 1 seed Xavier on Sunday, Leonard Hamilton warned reporters not to call anything that happens in the tournament an upset. "I think what you see happening in college basketball, it's almost like a revolution," he said.
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The drama in the West Region over the past few hours, depicted in one plot:
FSU doesn't expect to have top scorer Terance Mann on the court when it takes on Xavier on Sunday.
UMBC pulled the upset of upsets in the opening round. Do the Retrievers -- or any of the lower seeds -- plan on a second act?
Virginia had been the most popular pick to win it all (18.5 percent), leaving Villanova (16.3), Duke (9.8) and Michigan State (8.6) as crowd favorites.
The Xavier Musketeers looked every bit like a No. 1 seed their first time around in the role at an NCAA Tournament.