NCAA Tournament Bubble Breakdown: West Virginia vs. Xavier

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NCAA Tournament Bubble Breakdown:  West Virginia vs. Xavier
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As Connecticut stumbled yet again on Tuesday night, fellow Big East bubble-team West Virginia was able to avoid a similarly devastating loss. 

While UConn suffered a brutal 72-70 at the hands of Providence—the league’s second-to-last-place team—WVU dominated against last-place DePaul, winning 92-75.  With the victory, the Mountaineers snapped a four-game home losing streak which was capped by a tough loss to Marquette last Friday.

Meanwhile, Xavier was also fighting to improve their position on the NCAA Tournament bubble Tuesday night.  However, it faced a bigger challenge than West Virginia.  The Musketeers lost at Saint Louis—the second-place team in the Atlantic 10—by a final of 70-59.  It was Xavier’s second loss to SLU this season.

Where do the Mountaineers and Musketeers now stand in the tourney picture after their most recent games?  Here’s a look at each, with records and rankings listed below.


West Virginia:  18-12, 8-9 Big East; RPI:  50, SOS:  10

Xavier:   18-11, 9-6 A-10; RPI:  54, SOS:  51

Notable common opponents:  Cincinnati (both beat), Oral Roberts (WVU beat, Xavier lost to)

RPI/SOS information from, updated Feb. 28


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