Xavier's shot at an at-large bid

Why Musketeers' demise has been exaggerated; Northwestern's path to the tourney

Originally Published: February 14, 2012
By Drew Cannon | Special to ESPN Insider
Tu HollowayAP Photo/Al BehrmanTu Holloway and Xavier haven't fallen off as badly as it may seem on the surface.

Last week, we discussed the aftermath of the Xavier Musketeers-Cincinnati Bearcats brawl from Cincy's perspective, concluding that while the Bearcats should still feel fairly comfortable about their NCAA tournament chances, their "rebound" post-brawl was overstated.

We'd like to promote a corollary: Since Jan. 1 (and the start of Atlantic 10 play), Xavier's self-destruction has been overstated, as well.