Early in the season, Xavier won difficult road tests against Vanderbilt and Butler.
The Musketeers also dominated Cincinnati in the Crosstown Shootout, but the subsequent suspensions for the game-marring brawl stripped Chris Mack's squad of its momentum and, possibly, its chemistry.
Xavier lost its first two games after the brawl, and even the return of Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons couldn't lead to a win over Hawaii in the Diamondhead Classic.
Though the Musketeers lost five of six, they had won four straight entering this weekend. However, the team that lost at Dayton was reminiscent of the squad that fell to the Warriors and La Salle.
Saturday's version of Xavier was out of sync—it didn't have any offensive chemistry, and it lacked the tenacity of its opponent. Holloway and Lyons combined for 41 points, but nearly every other Musketeer contributed minimally.
The Musketeers better get their act together soon. Otherwise, they risk missing the tournament.