Xavier improves to 2-1 as a No. 9-seed in NCAA Tournament play. The Musketeers only other entry as a ninth-seed came in 1993 when XU beat New Orleans in the First Round, 73-55, before falling to No. 1 Indiana, 73-70, in round two. XU plays No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. ET in Lexington.
Xavier and Ohio State - although just 100 miles apart - have not met since the first round of the 1984 NIT. That was a 60-57 win for Xavier in overtime. In fact, XU and OSU have met just three times ever. The first two meetings were Ohio State victories - 31-19 in the 1932-33 season and 31-28 in overtime the following season.
The Xavier vs. Ohio State series:
1932-33 Ohio State 31, Xavier 19
1933-34 Ohio State 31, Xavier 28 (overtime)
1983-84 Xavier 60, Ohio State 57 (overtime) - NIT First Round
This is Xavier's 19th NCAA game as a lower-seeded team and the Musketeers are 7-12 all-time as "the underdogs."
The 23 points scored by Justin Doellman set a new NCAA Tournament career-high for the Musketeers' senior. Drew Lavender's 17 points matched his NCAA Tourney career-best.
Derrick Brown's 16 rebounds tied an XU record in NCAA Tournament play. Brian Grant pulled in 16 versus Indiana in the Second Round of the 1993 Tournament at the Hooiser Dome.
XU's updated win-lose records in NCAA Tournament play: All-time: 12-17...Since seniors Doellman, Cage and Cole entered the program: 4-2...Since the 1990 season: 11-11...In the First Round: 9-9...Versus a better seed: 7-13...Versus an 8th-seed: 2-0...In Lexington, Ky.: 1-0
Tonight's game marked the first meeting between Xavier and BYU since the 1967-68 season. Entering the contest, BYU held a 2-0 lead in the series.
Tonight's game at University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena was just the fifth time the Musketeers played an NCAA Tournament game in an on-campus arena and their first win. XU was 0-4 previously in those games.
Including tonight's win over BYU, the Musketeers are now 6-1 this season versus teams in the NCAA field. XU owns victories over BYU, Villanova, Virginia Commonwealth, Illinois, George Washington and Miami (Ohio), and was defeated by Creighton.
The Cougars took a 38-32 lead into halftime. XU is now 4-6 when trailing at the break and 21-2 when leading at the half.
XU is 14-2 when scoring between 70 and 79 points...XU is 4-0 on Thursdays...XU is 6-2 on a neutral floor.