Tournament Guide: Xavier résumé
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Points Per Game
3PT ratio (of FG) FT pct.
(6-0, 180, SR)
(6-5, 205, SR)
(6-6, 215, FR)
(6-9, 210, FR)
(6-9, 245, SR)
15.9 ppg, 3.1 apg
16.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg
5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
7.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
10.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg
Fearless floor leader
Possesses NBA build and skills
Starting to live up to his prep press clippings
Can step out and nail the 3
David West-like in conference tournament
(6-1, 180, SO)
(6-8, 235, FR)
(6-9, 240, SO)
8.1 ppg, 3.4 apg
3.3 ppg, 2.8 apg
3.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Heir apparent to Chalmers at the point
Young pup with lots of upside
Slowed by tonsillitis much of this season
Shot an eye-popping 71 percent in a blowout of No.1 and previously undefeated Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals.
Swept in two regular season games by lowly Duquesne.
Most Revealing Moment
Thad Matta inserted freshmen Justin Cage and Justin Doellman into the starting five before facing then-No.10 Cincinnati on Feb. 3. The Muskies won that night and have been white-hot ever since.
Did You Know?
Xavier senior Romain Sato, a legit NBA prospect, speaks six different languages: English, French and four African dialects (Gkadiri, Sango, Swahili and Yakoma).
Unlike the past few seasons when inside horse David West was the fulcrum of the attack, Xavier is more perimeter-based in 2003-04..
Choke off 3-point line with tight man-to-man. Chalmers applies lots of ball pressure at the point, while muscular Sato is a lock-down wing defender.
Matta is one of the rising stars in the coaching biz. He proved it this winter when, even without David West, Xavier has peaked in time for a return to the NCAAs.
Xavier averaged only two blocked shots per game. Plus, its big people struggle at the free-throw line.
Will Lose When ...
Someone forces Xaver's stellar backcourt of Chalmers and Sato into a sub-par shooting night.
Famous Last Words
This is one of the hottest teams in the country right now. Spend too much manpower trying to stop Xavier's guards, and burly Anthony Myles can hurt you inside.
Tournament History (1985-2003)
Overall NCAA History
NCAA appearances: 13 (of 19)
Seed average: 9.5
Highest seed No. 3 (2003)
Lowest seed: No. 14 (1991)
Biggest upset: 1991 vs. No. 3 Nebraska
Most upsetting: 1998 vs. No. 11 Washington
Bracketology score: 1.11
NCAA appearances: 15
All-time record: 8-15 (.348)
Best finish: 1990, Sweet 16
Coach's NCAA record: Thad Matta (3-3, .500)
Inside N-C Luna vs. vs. Bad Cls Lst
Team Sd RPI RPI RPI SOS 1-25 26-50 L L 10 B-Scr OffQ DefQ ASM
Miss.St. 2 4 20 3 48 1-1 8-2 0 0 8-2 1.09 9.8 3.8 13.6
Monmouth 15 116 105 156 189 0-1 0-1 8 1 7-3 1.00 (1.6) 2.9 1.3
Louisville 10 24 2 39 10 3-2 3-3 1 5 4-6 1.06 6.5 9.8 16.3
Xavier 7 35 43 30 40 2-2 4-2 3 1 9-1 1.11 2.3 7.8 10.1
Quad Comparison Key
Insider's replication of the Ratings Percentage Index.
RPI in non-conference games only.
Joe Lunardi's "predictive" RPI.
Strenth of Schedule (all games).
Record vs. 1-25 RPI teams.
Record vs. 26-50 RPI teams.
Losses to teams ranked below 150 in the RPI.
Losses by 3 points or less or in overtime.
Record in Last 10 games before tourney.
Bracketology Scores measure whether a team more often "exceeds" its seed or "falls short" of expectation (average B-Score is 1.00).
Offensive Quotient (average points per game by which a team exceeds/falls below the aggregate defense of its opponents).
Defensive Quotient (average points per game allowed below/above the aggregate offense of its opponents).
Adjusted Scoring Margin (OffQ+DefQ) has accurately predicted 10 of the last 16 Final Four participants).
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